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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 6:20 pm 
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Aww poor kid! Did he have a fever?

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mommysamuels,
So sorry to hear your little guy had a rough time. It sounds like the docs are taking quick action to see what caused the seizure - that's good.

Hope you are doing ok - what a scare that must have been for you.
Take care and keep us posted.

dustytiger,
I didn't realize you had posted a week ago regarding the cough medicine, I would have responded sooner!

Just to re-iterate - the cough expectorant is not asthma medicine in any way.

But basically there are 2 types of over-the-counter cough meds (that I know of). One kind is cough suppressant, the other is cough expectorant. You will see both kinds next time you go to the pharmacy - just take a closer look at the labels. (A helpful pharmacist helped me to discover this.)

The cough suppressant does help my son spit up the mucus, so then I'm "just" tackling the asthma, and I can hear what's going on in his chest a little better.
If this helps you next time, I'm happy to hear it.

Good to hear you have such a great family doc!

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Thank you all, Susan the paramedics said that afterwards his temp was elevated a bit; but the ER dr's said it wasn't characteristic to a febrile seizure because his muscles didn't tense he just went limp.

the hospital didn't call today so I guess it'll be Tuesday that he'll go in for the EEG.

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dd 12: reacted to pork rinds
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So...we had our first anaphylaxis reaction last evening. When I got home I knew something was wrong because the tv was on and no one was home. It was like everyone had just vanished suddenly.
My husband had given our daughter a snack of pita pockets, margarine and peabutter. She has had all three before (the peabutter only once or twice). When I got to the hospital she was sitting smiling and watching Elmo's World. I need to thank those people who donate VCR's and videos to the hospitals!
She is home now and still has some puffyness. She is very bossy today and I guess she needs to feel in control of her world. I'm exhausted.
So what do we do now? Do we call the food companies or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency? None of these foods state they contain her allergens. No way of cross contamniation as we don't allow her allergens in the house.
Sorry I missed the live chat! :(

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 6:21 pm 
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wow, how scary for you glad that she's alright. I would guess calling the companies and seeing if they can help with any information. I hope you don't go through that again.

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dd 12: reacted to pork rinds
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How awful for you guys. Glad to hear your daughter is alright today.
I suppose everyone has ways of working out the stress of such a situation. Some kids tend to get clingy, others bossy. My little guy played doctor with everyone for a couple of weeks, he would make us lie down and ask us if we had peanuts, then give us a pretend needle.

I would probably call anyone who will answer at this time on a Saturday long weekend. Probably you will get in touch with CFIA, if I recall from other posts they are always available (?)

What an awful feeling that no matter how careful we are, things like this will happen.

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Oh Susan, sorry to hear that. Glad to hear the she is okay now.

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DD age 7 1/2 - milk, eggs, chicken, peanuts, treenuts, cats, dogs,
DS age 2 1/2
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Yeah, she seems ok now.
We went out and bought new margarine etc. She just really needs to have control over her environment right now.
I think my husband is feeling really bad as he was the one to feed her but hey it coud have just as easily been me.
Right now we need to figure out what it was that she ate.
I'll call CFIA tomorrow morning.

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So what do we do now? Do we call the food companies or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency? None of these foods state they contain her allergens. No way of cross contamniation as we don't allow her allergens in the house.


First - I'm so sorry that this happened!! ((Big hugs.))

Second, I think that you are doing the right thing to call the CFIA (on Tuesday? will they really be there on the weekend??). Keep samples of everything she ate and asked for it to be analyzed. If you don't have the info that I sent the OASG members awhile ago about getting food tested, let me know and I'll send it to you.

I would not call the companies until you get some info from the CFIA.

And I guess it's possible that she's allergic to peas - did that cross your mind? I hope that's not the case, but you have to keep an open mind...

K.

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- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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Susan I'm so sorry she had a reaction! I know how you're feeling about not knowing where the reaction came from. It really turns your world upside down (psychologically) for a bit until some time passes. The CFIA has an emergency number that you can call on weekends or off-hours, (which I called because I wasn't sure what they considered an "emergency") but the woman I spoke to who had the "on-call" pager ended up taking down all of my information and passed it along so that someone could contact me on Monday. A Food Specialist called me on Monday morning and came out that day to speak with me and take the two items I had suspicions of. The CFIA doesn't automatically test foods for allergens, he/she will take the items, (as well as go to the stores where you bought the items from and purchase an unopened sample - so try and remember where/when you purchased the items in question) bring them back to the agency and decide if testing is needed. If they do decide to go ahead and test (which they did in our situation), it took about another week for the results. My experience was really positive with them - they took the situation very seriously and they were very professional. They do the testing before they contact the companies -- no sense going that route until they know if they're dealing with a situation of cross-contam. or not.
Big hugs to you and your daughter!


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Susan, I'm sorry to hear about the reaction. It is difficult not knowing what it could have been! I hope you are able to get some answers.


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I'm pretty sure it was the fleischmann's as it was a recently opened container and I think it was the first time she ahd eaten from it.
She had the pea-butter a while ago (so long ago it may have gone bad :oops: -but that woudn't cause an anaphylaxic reaction); the pita pockets she'd had a few times that week.
She was once tested for legumes (spit peas) and was found not to be allergic. She has had peas in the form of frozen mixed vegetables almost weekly. She doesn't eat the peas because she doesn't like them but if she was allergic I'm thinking she would have reacted long ago.
I've searched the CFIA website and couldn't see an emergency number but I'l look again.
The Fleischmann's website states they comply with label regulations and bld any of the top 9 allergens.
Our daughter is back to normal except for her voice.
Can you guess what we're thankful for this weekend?

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Susan I looked under "Inspections" in my phone book's Blue Pages (or Government Pages). I suspect the numbers are different for different areas but I called the "Food Health Hazard Complaints" 1-800-number, got a recorded message that included an emergency number to call. Hope this helps.


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Ethansmom- Thanks, I'll look there.
Mommysamuels-Sorry to hi-jack your thread. How is your son?

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Oh, mommysamuels and Susan -- howe scary for you both! I hope you get answers soon. Please keep us informed.
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