Like most children with food allergies, you won't find out they are allergic until they eat it. Likewise, it was with us. (You can read that story here)
Oddly enough, I always had this weird, motherly instinct, if you will, when he was born that he would be allergic to peanut butter. What I didn't realize is that he would be allergic to much more than just PB. So after his Emergency Room visit and his initial blood test revealed he was allergic to Eggs, Milk, Peanuts, and Dogs, the doctor seemed adamant that he would outgrow his egg allergy by age 1. That has not been the case for our story; so we have treaded carefully until he could have a full panel administered.
I say "carefully" because at his age, he can't tell me that he has a metallic taste in his mouth or that his throat is swelling shut. Because he already seemed to be allergic to nuts, we avoided any sort of nut products until he was able to receive this test. This included packaging that says this product "uses the same machines as those with nuts."
It really narrowed down what he could and couldn't eat. His diet became extremely simple.
There is A LOT to know about one food allergy let alone multiple food allergens. What does one do in an emergency? how does their diet work? how do you eat at a public restaurant?
With that in mind, I'll be posting a lot of information that the doctor gave to us. I do so just in case there are other parents out there who have friends or family members who want to be sensitive and aware. This is especially good for our "real life" friends & family members, too.
First things first!
What did they test for?
As you can see from the pictures above, the specialist numbered Scout's back etc, and then pricked a needle with different substance into his skin. How his skin reacted is how the doctor analyzed Scout's allergies.
The doctor tested for these common allergies:
Seeds, Nuts, Trees, Grass, Weeds, Inhalants, Foods, Shell Fish
The doctor also did another blood draw to see if he continued being allergic to eggs and milk.
Here are the results:
Sesame Seeds - EXTREMELY allergic. This means no sesame anything: oil or seeds, no sesame hamburger buns!
Brazil Nut - HIGHLY allergic. Stay away from it.
Hazelnut - SLIGHTLY allergic. No hazelnut spread.
Pistachio - SLIGHTLY allergic. Don't eat it and he'll be fine.
Black Walnut - EXTREMELY allergic. He may NEVER EVER EVER touch or eat this nut. He tested very high on the reaction test.
Peanut - EXTREMELY allergic. Same rules as the walnut. No peanut oil either!
Oak Trees - HIGHLY/EXTREME allergic. He should just stay away from them if possible.
Egg Whites - SLIGHTLY/HIGHLY allergic. He can have some baked goods that include eggs, however, he cannot eat egg by itself.
Milk - SLIGHTLY allergic. Affects his skin mostly.
Dog hair - EXTREMELY allergic. It affects his respiratory, will break out in hives, and swell.
Cat hair - EXTREMELY ++ allergic. Cat hair is worse for him than dog hair. Have to keep the cat outside!
Dust Mite P - SLIGHTLY allergic.
Linking this post up with Casey.