Two years ago, Kerry was tested for allergies, and the poor little guy tested positive for allergies for almost everything under the sun: peanuts, tree nuts, mold, pollen, grass, weeds, cats, dogs… the list goes on. He has a lot of environmental and food allergies, so consequently, he is on a plethora of medication for asthma and allergies. We did try to see if he could handle shrimp last Friday,since at the last allergist appointment, the doctor said that the shellfish allergen reaction was small. Unfortunately, Kerry broke out in a HUGE rash from his butt to his knees on Saturday. Time to put shellfish back on the list of forbidden foods…
Today was Casey’s trip to the allergist for his allergy testing. I was SO INCREDIBLY proud of him for not fussing, crying, or fighting during his appointment. He did complain just a little bit about his arm being itchy during the last round of testing, but he was such a brave boy during the whole experience. So, guess who else is allergic to a TON of stuff? Yup, you guessed it right… Casey is severely allergic to peanuts (the reaction was the size of my pinky fingernail!), tree nuts, dogs, cats, pollen….
HUGE SIGH. So, now I will have to send TWO Epi-pens to school, TWO rescue inhalers… you get the picture. My purse looks like a mini-pharmacy with an Epi-pen, Benadryl, an albuterol inhaler, motrin, children’s motrin, and antiacids!
I’m glad, though, that we did get the allergy testing done. It’s better to know than not to know, especially when it comes to food allergies. No wonder why Casey never ate peanut butter! The doctor said that most kids will instinctively not eat foods to which they have allergies. It also might explain why Casey is so scared of cats and dogs, too, but that might be part of his autism.
Are there any other parents out there dealing with food allergies? What do you do for your child/children’s school to help educate them about the perils of food allergies?