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Posted 01 August 2019 - 05:31 PM
So DS (6.5 months) has broken out in pretty obvious hives the past 2 times he has eaten peanut butter. He has had peanut butter before, but it is usually a thin scraping on his toast. If I look back he usually does have red cheeks when he has it but I always put it down to the aggressive way he shoves the food in his gob. His sandwiches was a new thing, and there was more on there.
Anyway I took him to the docs this arvo and i was underwhelmed with their lack of carefactor. The told me to not give it to him for a week and then rub some on his hand and if he reacts he's allergic. If we have any signs of anaphylaxis to call emergency. No follow up, no info.
I am pretty bad at advocating with doctors. All my life i have been told i am a ridiculous drama queen, and I alwayd feel like i am an inconvenient waste of their time. I recently went to hospital for a suspected stroke (it was bells palsy) and apologised the whole time for causing a fuss. So after leaving I confirmed with a friend that the doctor probably didn't give us our best help.
So i have a new appt at a new clinic (I have long running other issues with this clinic) and would like to know what questions I should ask? Pushing for allergy testing (like proper allergy testing) is not being unreasonable is it?
Posted 01 August 2019 - 07:27 PM
Write a list of his symptoms down, dates if possible as well to try & establish a pattern of reactions.
Also if they are not interested just outright ask for a referral through to an allergist.
Posted 01 August 2019 - 07:32 PM
Find a great allergist. Where are you located? Others might be able to make suggestions.
Posted 01 August 2019 - 07:34 PM
My son had a skin reaction to peanut butter at about 11 months. I took him to the GP who said to act as if he had a nut allergy (including tree nuts) until we could see an allergist and have him tested. Definitely get a second opinion if you are unhappy, it isn’t unreasonable
Posted 01 August 2019 - 07:35 PM
Bummer about the potential peanut allergy. You don’t need to push - you just need to ask for a referral to an allergist. If it’s public it will be a long wait. If you can go private - the doctor shouldn’t refuse a referral. It’s your money! You can even see a specialist without a referral - you just don’t get a Medicare rebate. For public the GP might say it’s not worth the referral as might be considered non-urgent.
All the best - I hope it’s not an allergy. But if it is you will learn how to manage it.
Posted 01 August 2019 - 07:37 PM
Some drs are terrible with allergies. You arent being unreasonable at all. I would definitely ask for a referral for allergy testing and keep your son and household peanut free until then as his next reaction could be even more severe.
Posted 02 August 2019 - 01:07 PM
Thanks everyone. We're gonna steer clear of nuts and eggs until at least monday when we see the new doctor. You've made me feel a lot better that I'm not over reacting.
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