Yeah, my son had another reaction to something he ate. *Pulls out hair*. I swear, I’m going to have to invest in benadryl stocks…
Of course, now I’m getting paranoid, so, naturally, I’ve been doing some reading on food allergies. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
– It generally takes a few exposures before the body has an immune response to a food that was consumed (which explains why my son seemed fine the first time but then broke in to hives the second or third time).
– 90% of food allergies are caused by an item from the “top 8”: cow’s milk, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, crustacean shellfish and wheat
– Don’t assume that a reaction to a certain food will always present itself in the same way (which means that “just” because my son has been breaking into hives, doesn’t mean his body can’t eventually have a more severe reaction like anaphylaxis).
– Symptoms might appear a few minutes (hives) after eating an offending food, or many hours after (eczema). This sent off a light bulb moment in my head. You see, my son has had eczema pretty much from day 1. Therefore, it is entirely possible that he’s been reacting to what I’ve been eating through my milk!
– If a parent has a personal history of allergies (seasonal allergies, eczema, food allergies, asthma) their child has a greater risk of developing an allergic condition. In our case, dad has no allergies but I have seasonal allergies and have developed an asthmatic reaction to cats when I was in my preteen years. It has mostly disappeared now, but I still keep my inhalers just in case. This surprised me, because I thought that he would only be at risk if either his father or I had food allergies, which we don’t.
– Many children outgrow their allergies to foods other than peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.
Now, I’ve been communicating with a couple of mommas on a food allergy board, both of which suggested that I get my hands on an epipen for my son after seeing how widespread his reaction was when we initially went out to buy some benadryl.
So, where does that leave me?
1. I need to call his pediatrician’s office again to see if she can write Little Dude a script for an epipen.
2. Keep up the food log and take note of the other more subtle signs of an allergy.
3. Keep a food log for myself and see how what I eat affects his eczema.
4. Call the allergy department of the hospital again to see if I can convince them
that my son is more important than all of the other children that have an appointment before him to move up my son’s appointment before I run out of things to feed him.
5. Become “that annoying mom that’s always calling” until I get answers.
Sound like a good plan?