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When you have your first child, you are so happy when they come into the world healthy. Once my son Adam started eating new foods, I knew something wasn’t right, but he was too young for an allergy test. It wouldn’t be until he was two years old that we would get confirmation of what we knew all along. My son is allergic to egg whites, dogs, cat, soy, peanuts and walnuts (really all tree nuts, but he only seems to react to walnuts) I know you may be thinking that isn’t too bad, but do you know SOY is in almost everything?
(The first time it happened was at the airport. We went to the Chili’s for breakfast, and we had eggs, toast, jelly and some bacon. We gave him, a little toast and his whole face swelled up. I panicked and went into the airport hospital and called his pediatrician right away. I didn’t even know the airport had a little hospital for people until that day. He wasn’t even 1 yet. We gave him some children’s Benadryl and boarded the plane, but it was very scary, and he was so uncomfortable. At this point, we didn’t know what it could be.
Here are some steps you can take if you find out your son/daughter has allergies.
- Ask for an Epi pen. For awhile there the price of Epi pens were unreasonably high, but we just got ours for $5.00 for a two packs thanks to a new generic company.
- When we are invited to someone’s home, we ask if they have a dog/cat. We have had to decline invitations due to dogs/cats. There are hypoallergenic dogs so be sure to ask what kind of dogs they have because it may be okay.
- Always carry Benadryl. We go out to eat sometimes and although the restaurants seem to try to be careful there could be cross contamination, and Benadryl is always what we try first. Luckily, my son has never gone in Anaphylactic shock.
- Know that when your son/daughter start’s school that you will have to give them an epi-pen, medicine and a medical release from your doctor.
- Talk to your child about their allergies. My son is 5 and knows what he can and cannot have. If he goes to a party, and someone says, “Do you want a peanut?” he knows he cannot have it.
- Talk to your allergist about any concern you have. If you drop your son off at a party have a special shirt made for them that says. “I am allergic to: (list what they are allergic to). You can never be too safe, especially when allergies are extreme. Even if you will be there it will help just in case you are not around at that time.
- Don’t make a big deal about it. Your son/daughter has no control over their allergies. I used to be allergic to strawberries, grapes and peanut butter and I grew out of it. Your child may or may not grow out of it.
A few months went by, and I was making banana bread. Adam grabbed a walnut from the counter and ate it. I apologize that it is a little blurry, but my camera wasn’t great back then. You can still see how bad his reaction was. I called his doctor sent him pictures and never will let him have one again. Oddly enough he was fine with every other tree nuts, but we are still careful.
Do you have allergies? Do your kids have allergies? How do you handle allergies in your life?
I am happy to say we have it mostly figured out and now eating out is pretty easy most of the time!
This post is sponsored. I have been compensated for helping to raise awareness about allergies, but I only share information I feel would be beneficial to my readers. All opinions are honest and my own