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Accidental exposure to allergen but no reaction. What now?

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Whelk Sun 04-Nov-12 19:15:17

Dd2 is allergic to CMP and egg. She has a prescribed epi-pen. She was accidentally given a cheese sandwich (buttered!) at nursery. She ate about a quarter and .......nothing!No reaction at all.

Obviously we are working with nursery to see how this happened and to make sure it doesn't again. She's been there a year and they have been great up til this incident.

But what do we do now? We don't have a skin-prick appointment til May. at her last appointment (in May this year) she had a sizeable hive to CMP.

Obviously we're delighted but I can't quite believe it's real!

MrsShrek3 Mon 05-Nov-12 00:21:06

DS1 also allergic to CMP and would have been red, blotchy, itchy and vomiting within half an hour. Good news but as you say, quite bewildering hmm
Anything else that the previous episode could have been related to?

Wallison Mon 05-Nov-12 00:33:37

Children can outgrow allergies - my son did and it sounds like your daughter has as well. Can you get her tested privately?

Whelk Mon 05-Nov-12 08:43:53

Thank you for your replies.
Shrek3 - Dd2 has had regular skin prick tests from 6 months since she came up in hives after her first taste of formula spilt on her and she came up in hives. She has had a few contact reactions from kisses, highchairs etc but has never actually ingested any. She is 3.6 .
Wallison - dd1 outgrew her egg allergy this year (at 5.5) and its made life for her so much easier. I just never imagined this might be the case for dd2.
I think I am going to ring the clinic and see what they say to do. I don't really want to try her on more CMP food at home tbh.

babybarrister Mon 05-Nov-12 13:44:32

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greenbananas Mon 05-Nov-12 20:08:06

Whelk it's so good that your DD didn't react - although also very bad that the nursery allowed this to happen. I think you're quite right not to try this again at home, but it does sound as though there might be some hope on the horizon. Even if your DD can't tolerate 'raw' milk yet, it would be great if she was able to have baked/processed milk at some point in the future smile

Ringing the clinic is a good idea, and I hope they are able to see your DD sooner than was planned. I rang DS's consultant (a local NHS paediatrician who specialises in allergies) after he had a couple of reactions to pulses, and she gave him an 'extra' appointment even though he was not due to be seen for another year.

I am really quite excited for you smile - it must feel very strange though, after being so careful for so long.

MrsShrek3 Mon 05-Nov-12 22:37:39

I agree with greenbananas - it feels very strange... I felt like I was feeding dd poison, she's my only non milk-allergic child (she has a different bunch of allergies of her own, but that's another story lol) it's very strange after reading every ingredient in every food, to being allowed to give it to someone. Weird.

Pancakeflipper Mon 05-Nov-12 22:42:10

Wow, that's like a whole new ball game isn't it?

Are you going to be brave to try it out again?

Whelk Wed 07-Nov-12 12:22:48

Thanks all for your replies. I phoned dd2's consultant and they are going to arrange an earlier skin prick test and then possibly a challenge, dependent on the spt results. So hopefully things will move forward.

I am excited for her. DD1's life has changed a lot since she's outgrown her egg allergy. I can just drop her off at parties and friends houses. unimaginable before!

As I think I've mentioned before my own health problems have rather taken over our lives sad and so the dds allergies have fallen slightly off the radar and so has my posting all this board but hope you and your dcs are doing well.

<waves to greenbananas, babybarrister and everyone else>

Wallison Wed 07-Nov-12 13:46:57

Woo-hoo! Hope the results are good! I can testify to the life-changing nature of children growing out of allergies - it was just such a goddamn relief to know that my son wasn't going to go into anaphylaxis and I could let him run around and do as he liked at parties.

Sorry to hear about your own health problems.

greenbananas Thu 08-Nov-12 11:39:24

<waves back> - good to see you here again and hope your own health is improving?

Great news that you've got an earlier appointment - let's hope you get a good result. This really is life-changing stuff!

girlsyearapart Thu 08-Nov-12 21:15:38

My dd grew out of the cmp allergy- hopefully they could do a food challenge for you at hospital?

I would love it if she grew out of the egg allergy, she is still coming up highly allergic on the skin pricks but my sister accidentally gave her meringue which she didn't react to.
Although we realised as she was eating it so she had piriton immediately.

It's reassuring to hear of other children who have outgrown egg

I would be having serious words with nursery though- that c

girlsyearapart Thu 08-Nov-12 21:16:22


..that could have had a very different outcome!

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