It’s not uncommon for kids with a food allergy to have multiple food allergies. Since I substitute teacher I have access to certain student information, such as medical conditions, while I am at the schools. Having seen many of these reports I know that there aren’t a lot of school age kids that have just an egg allergy. Due to this I have been scared to try any new allergy possible foods with Nick. When we saw the allergist last year I asked him to test Nick for the nut allergies (tree nut and peanut) when he tested him for egg. The doctor wouldn’t do it though because he said there are too many false positives. His advice was to hold off until after Nick was two to try them so Nick would be able to communicate with us if he was having any type of reaction.
What We Knew
After observing Nick’s terrible reaction to eggs I was terrified of testing either type of nut allergy. You may remember that I accidently gave Nick some Honey Nut Cheerios on our vacation in the fall. Far from the smartest thing I could have done, but it happened. Luckily he did not have any type of reaction, and usually if you’re allergic to one type of tree nut than you’re allergic to most all types of tree nuts, so that situation told us that tree nuts were safe.
Peanuts were another story though. One of my worst fears was that I would have a child with a peanut allergy. In my opinion it is by far the scariest food allergy because just being around it can cause a life threatening reaction. Now I already knew that if Nick was allergic to peanuts that he wasn’t severly allergic because over the course of his life he had been around peanuts and had never had a reaction. Still that didn’t mean that he could eat them.
Next week we go back to see the allergist, so I knew that I needed to test for the peanut allergy because then they could officially test him for it and document it at his appointment. Still I was petrified by what could happen. I NEVER EVER want to have a reason to use an Epi Pen. I also didn’t want to test it when I was by myself. I was the only one home with Nick when I fed him the egg, and I didn’t want to go through that again.
Last week on Wednesday morning I was having Peanut Butter Cheerios and Nick wanted some. Usually I tell him no that he can’t eat them, but I realized that it was the perfect time to test it. Jason was home, so there was someone to help in an emergency. Plus I was going to be home all day, and it was early in the day so I could keep my eye on how things were going. I had planned on having Benadryl next me and ready to go, but I decided to just go for it.
First I gave Nick three Cheerio pieces. It was of course his first time tasting peanut butter and he really liked it. As soon as they were gone he asked for more, but I told him we had to wait. After about ten minutes, when Nick wasn’t showing anything close to a reaction, I let him have three more pieces. I was watching him like a Hawk. When I gave him the scrambled egg his throat started to close up so he coughed, and he cried and screamed. He was an absolute mess, and later he broke out in hives, but nothing was happening from the Cheerios. There wasn’t the smallest spot on him, and he was as happy as could be. After some time I let him have a lot of the Cheerios, and he loved them. Still there was no sign of a reaction and I felt that things were looking positive. If you are allergic to food than usually every reaction is worse than the one before, no matter what food it is. Meaning that if Nick did have a peanut allergy than he likely would have easily had a reaction after having such a bad one to eggs. Still I wasn’t sure how much of the allergin was actually in the cereal, so later that day I pulled out all the stops and gave Nick a spoonful of peanut butter. I was a bit worried, but by that point I was feeling pretty confident. I am happy to report that while Nick wasn’t too sure about eating the actual peanut butter (he made quite a face) he did not have any type of reaction to it what so ever.
What This All Means
Today I am feeling very confident over our allergy findings. An egg allergy is an easier one to outgrow, and I feel that the fact that Nick doesn’t have any other food allergies will improve his chances of outgrowing it. Now I have no clue if this will hold true, and I know there is still a chance that he won’t ever outgrow it, but I think things are looking good. Whether he outgrows his egg allergy or not I am still grateful, and very relieved, that we no longer have to worry about any other foods causing him problems. Bring on the PB&J!