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Mar 10, 2010 - 23 comments

My sweet little boy Zander had to have alot of blood work done today.  For about a month now he has been so congested in his sinuses.  He can barely drink a bottle because of it.  I took him to the doctor twice last week and was told both times it is allergies.  I was not happy with this.  Last night, my husband found a lump on the side of his neck.  Took him to urgent care and the doctor there said he was pretty sure it was just an innocent swollen lymphnode but it needs to be closely monitored.  Today we went back to the doctor and she said he actually has 2-3 swollen lymphnodes on his neck.  She said the "c" word is not on her list but she is testing just to be safe.  She is also testing for allergies etc.  We will hopefully get the test results back tomorrow.  I'm just scared & needed to share.  He is only 8 months old.
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by kele1129, Mar 11, 2010
I am sending all of our best wishes to your sweet boy. Stay calm and give that boy many many hugs.

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by Helen72, Mar 11, 2010
OMG!!!!  What a scare for you and your family.  Please let me know as soon as you get the results.
Best wishes to your cutie guy!

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by Juliaschill, Mar 11, 2010
Sending lots of good wishes and prayers for your little boy, Hope all turns out ok!

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by pertykitty, Mar 11, 2010
im sorry you are so frightened, i cant imagine .  i dont know if it helps but my lymph nodes on my neck are quite large when my allergies are bad as well.  best wishes to your family.

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by jjsh44, Mar 13, 2010
Thank you all so much for your kinds words.  I put a call into the doctor on Thurs and Fri but the results weren't in yet.  The nurse said it would take atleast 3 days because they are testing for so many allergies.  She was so nice, which made a big difference.  Sometimes they act like you are bothering them or something.  
So hopefully Monday we will hear something.  His lymphnodes went down to pea sized now so that is good too.

perykitty:  Yes, what you shared helps so much-it really put me at ease to know this is regular for you-thank you!

Juliaschill:  Thank you kindly for your warm wishes

Helen: I MISS YOU!  Thanks for checking in :-)

Kele1129:  Again, thank you, I just can't say it enough.  It's so nice to be able to be "scared"  on here and not have to be the strong one all the time.

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by Helen72, Mar 13, 2010
Glad his nodes are shrinking.  I hope they find what he is allergic to.
Miss you too!!!!

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by jjsh44, Mar 15, 2010
Hi everyone!
We FINALLY heard from the doctor.  Zander is allergic to egg whites and peanuts.  I am so thankful it is only that.  I know being allergic to peanuts is serious but I am happy with this compared to the awful things that were running through my brain.
Thank you all for your support-Much love to you all

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by butterflybabies, Mar 16, 2010
I just came across this post, I havent been on much, but I am sooooo happy to hear that its just allergies..yes they can be serious but its better then any other diagnosis!
Sending you big hugs!!

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by SueGre, Mar 16, 2010
Oh, thank God it was only allergies. I was worried for you. Kiss Zander for me :0)
Love and Hugs,

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by Helen72, Mar 18, 2010
OMG, what a scare!  I am glad he is OK.

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by foxy68, Mar 30, 2010
Boy did u get me shivering!!! i love children and have 2 little girls of my own. If he is still having trouble with his bottle, try giving him his milk either with a spoon(slow but effective) or change his bottle nipple to a spout (Avent does a great selection). A million bear hugs!!

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by flybackwards, Mar 30, 2010
My son had some swollen lymph nodes too when he was 11 yrs old. Found out it was Cat Scratch Fever (our cat had just had kittens 5 weeks before). That was the only symptom. Can only get the Cat Scratch Fever from a kitten, so we gave all of them away happily! The symptom went away after a few days with no side effects. Glad your son is on the mend. Thank You Lord for the healing of Zander!

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by Shahmatt, Mar 30, 2010
Good to know the problem is known.

On a side note, I heard in a recent documentary on the radio that peanut allergies can be cured. The way to do it is to consume a very tiny portion a day...keep doing that for several months..and then very very slowly increase the dose.

It might take years, but over time the body gets learns to tolerate peanuts.

Don't take my word for it though, check with your doctor first before trying anything :-o

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by Ginger7485, Mar 30, 2010
Just saw your comment.  Your picture looks like two dogs.  Is Zander a dog?  Or are you a dog?  
Actually, glad to hear Zander is O.K.

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by KD9ER, Mar 30, 2010
Hi!  I am so glad your little one will be ok.  I wanted to let you know (from a Mom who has a child with an Egg White Allergy) a few things I learned the hard way.

1.  NEVER let your child be given MASK ANESTHESIA.  This is composed of Egg White Binding and can cause very bad reactions.  My son has been put under 3 times.  The first time he was a bit red and puffy after coming out of his MRI at 3 mo old.  At a year old he was put under for lacrimal duct irrigation and came out with welts and his skin looked like it was going to burst he was so puffy!  I mentioned this both times to the Anesthesiologist and to the nurses and docs who had him.  They dismissed it.  The third time--I put my foot down and a new Anesthesiologist was on his team---he spoke with me and I explained he hadn't seen the Allergist yet, but he'd had reactions in the past.  We knew it was not a latex or plastic he promised to do a small trial.  He came out and told me immediately that he must have an Egg White Allergy as it is the anesthesia causing the issue.  Low and behold---Egg White Allergy.  We have an Epi Pen just incase but so far it just is a severe reaction, but not to the point we've had to use the Epi Pen.

2.  You must look at all ingredients on Baby Food!!!  Pretty much ALL pastas and graduates food has Eggs in it.  So whether or not it is egg white---avoid ALL egg.  I'm sure you were told that though.  We've found way too many products with eggs in it and are very suprised we would find it in food approved for children under 1 as parents are told to not feed children under 1 eggs.  

3.  DO NOT give your child the following shots (all have EGG WHITE BINDING): Flu, H1N1, Chicken Pox and MMR.  We gave my son the Chicken Pox Shot (prior to knowing he had this allergy) and he lost ALL language within 3 days and didn't speak a single word for almost a year!  He is now 3.5yrs and finally speaking at the level of a 2 year old!  We are giving him his Measels Shot as an individual shot, same with Mumps and Rubella.  We will not give it to him as an all inclusive as any shot that has that is bound with Egg White.  

--Personally I feel this allergy needs much more attention than what doctors think.  They believe you can give kids shots with bindings they are honestly allergic to and be fine.  That is not true.  That's like telling a person with a Peanut allergy to eat a single PB&J and they'll be just fine!  It's not.  Please make sure you have doctors who support you in this and don't stand by and let them force you.  I have papers documenting my son's allergy and his school knows about it and is fine with the fact that he can't recieve all shots.  He has had all his other shots, just not the inclusive MMR or any of the Flu Shots (live or non-- both are a NO go).  

Again--I am so glad your little guy will be ok.  =)  

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by Mimi422, Mar 30, 2010
Hi, I am so happy his swollen lymph nodes are due to allergies but sad to know he is allergic to egg whites and peanuts.  My 5 year old grandson is also allergic to these two foods. Unfortunately our "Tyler" is deathly allergic to peanuts and extremely allergic to egg whites. My daughter has been seeing a top pediatric allergist since he was one. Do yourself a favor and find one as soon as possible. The peanut allergy is overwhelming and there is so much to learn. Obviously you will never feed him any foods with peanut but the most prevelant reason for an allergic or anaphyactic response is due to cross contamination making it necessary to read every label on every food source your son will come in contact with. I am not trying to scare you but based on our personal situation I know how serious this can be.  Good luck. P.S. It has been reported on the nationlal news that peanut allergy can be cured by introducing peanut in very small amounts over an extended period of time. What they reported is way more complicated than that - which is why you need a top notch pediatric allergist! Also KD9er above is completely accurate regarding egg allergies.

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by jjsh44, Mar 30, 2010
Ginger7485: Nope, I'm not a dog and neither is Zander.  I'm a 31 year old woman and Zander is my 9 month old little boy.  I have my dogs on as my main pic because they are part of my family too.
Thanks for the comment, we are glad he's ok too :-)

foxy68: Thank you for all the hugs and thinking of my boy!

flybackwards: I'm so relieved your little one turned out to have just cat scratch fever! Swollen lymph nodes are terrifying

Shahmatt: Wow! I will check with my doctor, that gives me some hope.  Thank you so much

KD9ER:  I just can't thank you enough for all the info you have given me.  I know, it is so frustrating when the nurses and doctors don't listen to  you.  I think we know our own children.  I had to be very persistent in taking him back to the doctor 3 times before they tested him.  I knew something was wrong and I had to be the one to bring up allergy testing can you believe it?  I am sorry your little guy has had such a struggle.  There is nothing worse than watching one of  your children suffer and there is nothing you can do.  I am so thankful you now know what is going on.  Would you mind if I messaged you now and then about Zander's allergies?  You seem to know alot!  Thank you so very much again

Mimi422:  Thank you for your kind words and thoughts.  I am sorry to hear Tyler is deathly allergic to peanuts, I do know this should not be taken lightly.  You are so right about finding a GOOD pediatrician who will listen. Again, thank you!

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by worldXstorm, Mar 30, 2010
To jjsh44--If you have not had your little boy's IGG subcategories checked, please do so.  Either use a pediatrician or an immunologist (the latter preferred) as many doctors are still not aware of the many primary immune diseases.  Twenty-three years ago, my daughter's total antibodies were so low that it showed up, however, back then the WHO had not named her disease.  We were told she "self-corrected" when she got better and the pediatricians had no explanation.  Ten years ago I contracted mononucleosis and never bounced back.  The immunologist to whom I was referred ran tests.  Six weeks later the diagnosis was in-- I have Common Variable Immunodeficiency Disease (CVID).  When I asked how they knew I found out that my tests showed the same thing as my daughter's tests had shown when she was an infant.  I asked how she self-corrected and I was told that was the nature of the disease, to be very sick as a baby and infant then to improve until a virus or some other germ, activates the disease into full blown status.  You can go to to read more on immune diseases or go to the NIH website.  Allergies are one symptom of CVID and other primary immune diseases (PID).  Two infections a year or infections that won't clear are another symptom.  I hope your child only has allergies but it is better to know for sure.  PID causes a destruction of the lungs if not caught early.  Good luck to you.

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by kritters, Mar 30, 2010
Dear JJSH,

The reason people are allergic to peanuts is because of the mold the peanuts accumulate from growing in the damp soil and being stored (same as grains). I'm curious about the egg whites and if they are 'cooked' or 'raw' (raw can cause problems, but who eats them???)

Please look into Candida Albicans fungus. Most doctors completely over-look it as the pathogenic culprit it can become. Did your son have any recent antibiotics? Candida Albicans is the cause of MOST sinusitis.

Best of luck with that sweet little Zander (love the name)


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by cecropia, Mar 30, 2010
I am so glad  that all is OK now.  You still will get my prayers, for it takes a while to relax after a scare like this.  I am also so glad about your getting the tips about where egg whites are found!   Good luck!

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by minmtn, Mar 31, 2010
Three of my six grandchildren are allergic to peanuts plus a host of other things, but they are doing well since we now know what to watch out for.  I'd also like to mention that the American Academy of Pediatrics has announced new standards related to Vitamin D, finding that many children (and adults too) are deficient and a lot of doctors are not aware of the new data.  You might check the Pediatric website or the following two sites have excellent information: and  Or just put in a search on "children or babies and vitamin d" -- there is a tremendous amount of activity including recent news reports about Vit D in the past couple of weeks.  I believe they are now recommending that even before babies are weaned, they need a vitamin d supplement because so many nursing mothers are unknowingly deficient.  The top vitamin d scientists are calling it a pandemic.  They pose the question to us, "Do you know what turns on your immunity?"  The answer:  Vitamin D.  Plus if Vitamin D is deficient, our bodies cannot absorb calcium, no matter what we get in our diet or by supplement.  There is a video you can watch on the vitamin D website.  Go to External Links, click on ECTS Presentation and wait 3-4 minutes for it to buffer.  If your screen goes black, just tap a key on the keyboard.  This doctor has several New England Journal of Medicine articles out and he is the person who identified 30 years ago the test that is currently used to identify Vit D deficiency.  The video is actually entertaining -- it takes about 35 minutes.  

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by minmtn, Mar 31, 2010
I meant to add, do a search on "Vitamin D and allergies" and "Vitamin D and asthma".  You will be surprised!

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by stacys_aunt, Mar 31, 2010
                                          GOD BLESS,

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