He is extremely allergic to both eggs and peanuts.
We carry epi-pens and benadryl literally everywhere we go.
Luckily we have never had to bust out the epi-pens - mostly because I am the most paranoid helicopter mom when it comes to food being around him.
And luckily we were out of state and weren't at home... because we live an hour away from a decent hospital.
We were visiting my farmer's aunt, and she had made a delicious baked stew.
Beckam had been introduced to most all of the foods in the stew already and shown no problems at all with anything.
There was a fake meat product in it (containing egg whites and soy), but I decided to blend it all up and figured he would be fine.
I had him sitting on my lap, facing away from me toward the table.
After he had a couple of bites, he refused to eat anymore.
My farmer's aunt snagged him so I could eat, and as I looked up at him I immediately noticed that his lips were quite swollen.
I knew immediately that it was an allergic reaction.
He was still breathing fine, but it was obvious that his tongue was a little swollen also.
We made a phone call to our friends pediatricians after hours nurse, and she told us to head straight to the ER, which was just about 2 miles away (score!).
Looking back on it, the ER visit probably wasn't necessary, but it made me feel more comfortable.
His airways were never blocked, and I have to assume this is because he didn't actually eat much.
I'm not sure if it itched his mouth or what... but if he had consumed more, it could have been much worse.
And was honestly shocked when we got his blood test back and it was eggs instead.
Peanuts... yea. Pretty typical, and I wasn't too shocked even though no one in both of our families has any food allergies.
It is fairly easy to identify a food with peanuts in it.
And easy to use almond butter as a replacement.
Not too bad.
But eggs... the worst allergy ever!
I mean, everything has eggs in it.
Most all baked goods are a for sure no-no.
Mayonaise, and everything that has mayo in it (lots) - eggs!
Ranch dressing - eggs!
Some totally random foods that you would think are ok - eggs!
Moral of the story - all foods have eggs in it. Or at least that is how it seems when you are eating out.
Monday I took him back to the allergist to get him retested.
I was hopeful that we could at least start introducing Beckam to baked eggs, since that allergy is more common that they grow out of.
He is still very allergic to eggs and peanuts both.
The swelling around the egg prick was a couple of mm larger than the peanut prick even.
Living with allergies.
Toting around epi-pens.
Praying like crazy that he doesn't pick up and eat a random cupcake left behind by some kid at a birthday party.
HERE to see my most frequently used egg replacer.
If you have any allergy related questions, don't hesitate to ask. I am kind of learning as we go, but am feeling much more knowledgable.