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Having A Child With Multiple Food Allergies

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My middle son, Scout, has multiple food allergies.  We found this out last week...sort of.  It's a long story really, and I've failed to really explain most of it to others. 

I'm not just writing this post for the friends and family that are close to me, but I'm writing it for other parents who are just discovering their children may have a food allergy and suddenly they realize that they have to think three steps ahead at all times.

I guess I should tell you what he is allergic to:  Milk, Eggs, Nuts, & Dogs   

What does that mean for us and him?  A lot.  But I won't get into that right now.  That can be on the next post.

Let me back up to January 15, 2012.  That Sunday turned into a parents nightmare very quickly.  It was a normal Sunday morning where we woke up, ate, dressed, and headed to church.  The Friday before, the pediatrician told us that Scout was ready for table food.  So whatever we were eating, it was time to share it with Scout.  That morning, I had made scrambled eggs for everyone.  After Scout took ONE bite, his face began breaking out in nasty hives.  It quickly spread to the top & back of his head, eyes, hands, neck.  

It was bad. 

Bubba and I broke into panic mode.  We didn't have any Benadryl, and we lived 20 minutes to the nearest hospital.  We were frantically praying that his airways were not closing up, aka anaphylaxis.  

I broke every speed limit on the way to the hospital, and it was such a big deal, the hospital staff took him straight back before any paperwork was filled out!  They immediately gave him Benadryl...like a huge dose.  Within seconds, you could see an improvement, but they informed us that it would take two days before all the hives were gone.   
BTW, he does not experience anaphylaxis with eggs.


This was one day after the hospital.  You can see that his face was still red and puffy.  He even had a couple of "blisters" around his eyes, but you can't see it to well in these pics.  And yes, that is Nates underwear on his head.  Nate finds it hilarious.


The doctor told us that she was confident that he would outgrow this by the time he was one.  She also said that he could still eat cake etc., just not egg itself.   She was wrong on both accounts.  Everything we gave him with eggs in it, he had to down some benadryl.  

This is after Scout ate food with an egg product in the ingredients. This is only the beginning stage after a does of benadryl.  If we hadn't of had medicine on hand, this would have gotten nasty very quickly.


So this leads us to last Monday, when we decided to have an allergy panel ran on his blood to see just exactly what he was allergic to and what he would or would not grow out of.  

They measure it by a 4 square panel: