I just read about yet another child who died from ingesting peanut butter, this time an 11year old in Utah. It’s tragic, and my heart goes out to his parents right now.
Anaphlyaxis is real, y’all.
If you’re like me, perhaps you’re thinking it can’t happen to you because nut allergies don’t run in your family.
But food allergies have to start somewhere. We have no history of food allergies in our family, yet our son is allergic to peanuts and cashews. I also do my best to give my kids a healthy start in life. One of the best ways to prevent food allergies is by breastfeeding, and my babies are all exclusively breastfed until 6 months, when solids are introduced, and I continue nursing after their first birthday. Sometimes, you just don’t see it coming.
Fortunately, while I never expected to deal with food allergies, God prepared me ahead of time by giving me a few friends whose children have peanut allergies, so when my second baby came along, I was far more cautious than I was with my first. Specifically, a friend shared her story with me about her son nearly dying at 16 months when he grabbed a bite of peanut butter off another child’s high chair tray at Mother’s Day Out. Again, please know that anaphylaxis is real.
Possible Peanut Allergy
Definite Peanut Allergy
Confirmation from the Allergist
Our allergist taught me how to avoid peanuts, which our friends had already explained, but it was good to hear it from a doctor. We follow her advice precisely, so when people think we’re being overly cautious, we just let them know we’re only following doctor’s orders. I’ll share “the rules” with you in a later post, but there’s one thing that she said that we have to remember every single day.
Andrew only had hives and vomiting, but peanut allergies can become anaphylactic at any point in time.