Good News and Bad News – Allergy Update

April 2, 2010 at 1:19 am 3 comments

We prepared well for our trip to the allergist this time.  Both parents there for extra distraction and mutual moral support, a treat for morning snack, and a promise of a trip to the toy store after it was all over.   

The good news – we didn’t have to go for a blood test.  What a relief.  The crying prior to the application of the allergens was minimal and short-lived, thanks to the reminder about the toy store.   

The bad news – as we read stories for 15 minutes, Derek and I looked back and forth between little D’s arm and each other; it was clear that the second “P” on the list was lighting up with a nice hive.  Two other letters on the list, the first “P” and the “H”, had little hives too.  Yup, a 6mm hive on peanuts, and 2 mm on pecans and hazelnuts.  We are, and will likely remain, a nut-free family.  Little C must be tested too, as there is an increased likelihood of peanut allergy in siblings of allergic children.   

Glad I know where we stand.  Glad it’s peanuts he’s allergic to, as that allergy is common and fairly simple to manage in this era of allergy awareness.   

We were able to clear up a few things that Derek and I have enjoyed “discussing” over the last 18 months.  According to our well-respected allergist:   

1)Little D is not likely to have a life-threatening reaction because of the rest of his medical profile, but there is no guarantee with peanut allergies.   

2)  Little D must get a medicalert bracelet.  I understand they are nicer than the ones the kids used to wear in my school days.  These two aren’t terrible:   

I think this one is more neutral


D loves soccer; he'll probably want this one


3) We can continue to eat at restaurants as long as we ask about the food; if they cannot “guarantee” something, we must be absolutely sure we have his epi-pen with us.   

4)  We do not have to carry 2 epi-pens.   

5)  Almond butter is not okay, even though he is not to almonds.  It is too confusing for him and for others.  We should keep it simple and say absolutely no nuts or nut products.   

We go back in a year to test again.   

I wanted a picture of D’s arm to post here but my model was not cooperative with his paparazzi, and at that moment, I did not want to push.   

No peanuts for us! This tee and other allergy related tees can be purchased at


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lynn  |  April 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Hm, we don’t have an alert bracelet for the Captain. Maybe I will look into this.

    What we do have is temporary bracelets from Mabel’s Labels. You can order a pack of 20 or so — they come as a strip and you just peel them and stick them together to form a bracelet around your kid’s arm. They list the Captain’s allergies and our contact info and he wears them to birthday parties and day camps and the like (they are waterproof and can’t be removed unless cut off).

    I recommend!

  • 2. Jay  |  April 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I’m a huge advocat for Medic Alert Braclettes! They speak for your child when they can’t and if/when you’re can’t either. Some schools are part of the No Child Without Program in Canada. You should find out if your school is! You get 1 free braclet and free membership for your child until they turn 18 I think and then it’s only half price IF your school is not on it – talk to the principal and VP about it – they need to request to go on it. Each year more and more schools are added. Paramedics, Fire and Police are trained to look for them – it puts them in touch with the office that has a detailed history of your child’s medical situation. Well worth the peace of mind!

    You may also want to consider an E-Belt so your child can wear an Epipen on him at all times. Especially in school when you’re not around. You can also buy them in person at the Rexall Pharmacy in Manotick or there are which are softer and may be more suitable for younger children. We have both – my daughter prefers the to wear the softer one.

    • 3. fitforakid  |  April 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm

      I did not know about that program so thanks so much for the info. Right now D is in a private school but I checked, and the school he will go to in Grade 1 in on the list. In the meantime, I have already ordered his bracelet (he went for the soccer one, as expected) and membership for this year.

      At this point, I am going to skip the e-belt because he is always with us or with a responsible adult who will have an epi-pen for him. When is a little older and going out biking and stuff on his own, I think we will need to get him a belt.


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