Last week my hubby and I brought Billy to an allergist to have him tested for peanut allergy reaction. We were hoping that now he is 2 years old, he no longer has to avoid peanut butter sandwiches. But nope, unfortunately, he still has it. Just minutes after the allergist put a tiny bit peanut solution on 2 spots on Billy’s back, both spots turned reddish and swelled. So not much the allergist has to elucidate except to return for another test when he is 3 years old or older.
He still has it.
It reminded me a year ago when I discovered in a hard way for the first time that he has allergy to peanut. It was the day after his 1st birthday when my eyes caught the lists of food may be given to one year old and above on the clinic flyer. A peanut butter sandwich was one of them. I do not blame the clinic as they also state the risks and advise it to be given only after two years old.
Thinking that neither our family had any history of allergy reaction to peanut , I thought our son has a great chance to not have it. Presumed he was going to be okay, I had given him a few bites of my peanut butter sandwich lunch. That was a lot of peanut butter eh. Right after the second or third bites, he started rubbing his eyes and scratching all over his body. Then I see hives appear on his body, that’s when I started to freaks out. I called dear hubby at work and told him everything and he told me to call his pediatrician. Gotten nurse on the phone and after the explaining and describing, she asked if I have a car to get Billy to the clinic right away. She insisted that I bring Billy to the doctor as it can be fatal and to call 911 if he has breathing problem. By that time I was shaking. I was checking on him every seconds. Never was in a million years I would have given my son peanut butter sandwiches if it harmed him.
I was on the phone with dear hubby shortly after and he was already on the way out from the lab. He said the nurse called him at work to get Billy to the doctor soon. Thank God, Billy does not have trouble breathing and we got him to the hospital less than an hour later. He was given a shot and couple of hours later the hives gone and he was fine again.
Billy's EPI-PEN after a year inside my handbag.
We would surely return for another test when he is 3 years old. By that time we hope to get a different result. Crossing our fingers.