What to Do When You Find Out Your Toddler Has a Peanut Allergy
We had a bad scare Sunday night. SuperBoy inadvertently had peanut butter spread on his carrot cake waffles, a family favorite from Willow Bird Baking. And yes, we now know he’s allergic to peanuts. This was the first time he’d ever had peanut anything, and the first time we learned of his allergy. Until now. By accident.
After hives, swelling, vomiting (his medicine as well), and a trip to the ER to get IV benadryl, an epi shot, trouble breathing, etc, he is just fine. Thank God, and although his breathing was labored, he made it through all of this like a champ.
The real question is, what is next when you discover your child is allergic to peanuts?
1) Follow up checkup with family practice doc.
We couldn’t love our doctor more. She’s all of our doctor (as a family practice doctor) and we just love love love her natural approach to things. She’s a very wait-and-see-but-not-if-it’s-bad sort of physician. SuperBoy had a checkup with her today. She gave us a referral to an allergist in our healthcare system, and advised against any sort of nut contact until he’s been tested. He has happily eaten almond nut butter, tahini, drank almond milk, and had contact with other nuts aside from peanuts up until this point. No sense in retesting those waters as who knows what this allergic reaction has set off inside his body toward otherwise unsuspecting nuts. She also recommended probiotics for him, and a continuation of his vitamin D drops.
2) Allergy testing.
I don’t know much about this, but will after he goes through it in the next week or so! Any parents out there with peanut allergy experience, please share your thoughts!
My number one go-to-lady on allergies in children is a girlfriend who’s little one, just a little older than J, has multiple allergies. Her blog is food allergies + a toddler and is VERY helpful.
Then, it’s just been Mayo’s website, PeanutAllergy, and other websites google leads me to. Interestingly, it appears that people with other atopic conditions like eczema, hayfever, etc are prone to peanut allergy as well. I’ve got hayfever up the wazoo and J has a tendency toward winter-induced eczema, as I’ve talked about before.
4) Me and my pregnancy.
It’s also been recommended by a few sources for me to avoid peanuts as a pregnant woman with an atopical disease (terrible way of saying I have hayfever). I’m also allergic to shellfish, which I don’t care for anyway. But I LOVE peanut butter! Too bad I just bought a delicious jar of peanut butter from the coop. Also, my doc said I should be taking my probiotics and vitamin D more religiously.
5) Medical ID bracelet & meds on hand.
Since SuperBoy isn’t in daycare or otherwise out of the sight of a family member hardly ever at all, I don’t think a medical ID bracelet is necessary at this point. If he doesn’t outgrow the allergy, he will probably need one as he gets older and spends more time with other caregivers.
I don’t know if we need an epi-pen at the house, or what the allergist will recommend. I’ve disposed of all peanut butter and peanut butter products he might come in contact with. We’ll see what we’re supposed to have to ensure that the next time, if God forbid there is a next time, he has contact with peanut butter that he gets immediate and correct treatment.
Allergies! Ah!! Do share your stories.