When I came across THIS BLOG I knew right away that I had to share. Anyone who has packed child school lunches at all in recent history knows that we need to look for that little nut free symbol on EVERYTHING we pack. It takes a couple of extra minutes, yes. But in the end you are not endangering another child’s life and I’m pretty sure that’s more important.
This Summer I had a *minor* taste of the fear that comes over a parent when their child’s face starts to swell and you don’t know why. Is it an allergy? Is it something he ate? A bug bite? Will his airway be blocked??? I had been at the park all morning with my 3 kids. My middle child (it’s always my middle child) was laying down for some quiet time when we got home and I noticed the top of his nose and between his eyes started to swell. I asked him if he banged his face on anything. (If you know Nash, you know it’s very possible that he did.) But he said no. And I didn’t see any injuries, neither did his siblings. I gave him Benadryl. No help. Swelling got worse. I was getting really nervous by this point. My husband wasn’t home so I stayed as calm as I could and got all 3 kids into the car off we went to emerg. LUCKILY it was not a severe reaction. They think it was a bug bite and he took Benadryl every 6 hours for a couple of days until the swelling went down.
I got off lucky. I have a niece with a severe peanut allergy and I’ve talked to her mom about the stories of her swelling up and needing medical treatment right away. How scary must that be for that child AND the parent or caregiver??? And stories of kids who don’t always follow the rules and bring peanut butter to school because they want to “give her spots”. COME ON! Seriously???
So as I said above, when I came across 10 Things My Daughter With Allergies Wants You To Know I had to share. She’s not trying to be rude or inconvenience you. She doesn’t want to be the allergy kid. It’s a matter of life or death.