See this kid?
We have now been ushered into the world of food allergies. After one bite of that bar, Buddy began to cry and complain that it wasn't going down to his tummy. Twenty minutes later we were home, he was coughing, rubbing his eyes and saying that he no longer wanted to eat lunch, he only wanted to go to bed. At that point, I discovered that his lips were swelling and that his eyes and entire face were beginning to break-out in hives. This is when I reached for the Benadryl and called my doctor. They strongly suggested that I go directly to the emergency room. He wasn't in distress, so I packed up both children and we went to the closest KidsCare where I knew the pediatricians were good. We were rushed to an exam room after one look from a nurse and a pediatrician. There, while they were monitoring his oxygen level, he threw up. This is when the doctor knew for certain that it was anaphylaxis and an epinephrine shot was ordered. After the shot, we stayed for observation for an hour. He responded to the shot fairly quickly and was almost back to normal by the time they released us.
I came home with the strict instructions to stay away from ALL nuts and to make an appointment with a pediatric allergy specialist. After making the appointment, good old Google provided me with a photo of the food label that I needed. Our allergy doctor was pleased to have the list of ingredients since so many parents are unsure of what their child ate.
We did a skin prick test to see what in the ingredient list Buddy reacted to. The culprit? Pistachio. The doctor recommends that we stay away from all tree nuts from here on out. He didn't show a sensitivity to almond, but I guess it's better to stay on the safe side.
Mostly I'm relieved that tree nuts are fairly easy to avoid, but I'm a little sad because of my love for nuts. Of course, I'm so thankful that it's not gluten, milk, eggs, peanuts or any number of things that would be harder to avoid.
I'm am a bit anxious because of what it means for us going forward. One bite of that bar and now I get to be "that" parent that has to tell every person under the sun that my son is allergic to tree nuts and cannot be exposed to them. I need to carry an epi pen in my bag and another at home, just in case. Now, I have to read every food label for warnings about traces of tree nuts. Just some of the fun things that I'm sure many moms out there are familiar with.
It threw us for a loop for a little while, but we are adjusting to the idea. I'm so glad my cute, little boy is safe and well and that now we know how to keep him that way.
Here are a couple of allergy resources that I found to be helpful in our research on allergies and the different allergy tests that can be performed:
Food Allergy Testing - This is a great informational sheet on who should be tested, what tests are available and how they are interpreted.
Allergy Testing- A more in depth breakdown of the difference between skin tests and blood tests.
Anaphylaxis- What it is and how to identify it.
Have a Happy Day!