It happened. The thing that I have been praying wouldn’t happen since the day my baby was born. Allergies (both hubby and I have seasonal and pet allergies). Bean Sprout has them… And they are the food variety at that.
Before I tell you about the allergy journey of our little one though, we need to talk about the importance of regularly cleaning your air conditioning system. Last summer, my hayfever was the worst it had ever been. However, after reading some allergy resources online, I discovered that our HVAC system could actually be making my allergies worse. If your vents are not cleaned regularly, this can lead to an accumulation of harmful allergens which can trigger watery eyes, tickly coughs, and runny noses! I was horrified. Needless to say, I got in touch with an HVAC repair specialist who carried out a full service on our system. Within days, my allergies seemed to clear up. I was totally amazed. I suppose the point I am trying to make is that if you have an air conditioning unit in your home, be sure to get it seen to by an HVAC repair company on a regular basis to ensure that it is working at its best. To learn more about the importance of servicing your AC unit, take a look here: www.burichvac.com/chevy-chase-air-conditioning/.
Anyway, enough about my own allergies. For our little one, it all started when he was like 5 months old. He would randomly break out in hives but we could NOT figure it out. Detergent? Nope. Trees? Nope. Something I was eating? Not a clue. Dog? Please no?! As I said, the hubby and I have pet allergies and used to suffer badly, but we read this interesting blog and decided to get an air purifier for pet owners. It worked pretty well to be honest. I guess if it is the dog we could try purchasing the best carpet shampooer for pets to get all of the dog hairs and mess out of the carpets, which would limit allergies. Even so, the thought of having to get rid of our fur baby was heartbreaking, and I prayed he wasn’t allergic to the dog.
Then the tipping point. I gave him peanut butter… three times. Time 1: Fine. Time 2: One hive on lip, but, had I mentioned before that he gets random hives?! Time 3: Whole lower face breaks out in a mass of welts within a minute of consuming it. Panic! We dialed 911 and got a nice $300 ride to Children’s. They referred us to an allergist.
Did you know they do scratch tests on babies? I was so sure it would be a blood test, but nope.
Allergic to peanuts. And eggs.
Oh dear gods, NO!!!
And so begins a life of carefully reading labels. Trying not to be too overprotective. Breathing deeply when he gets invited to parties, especially when he’s still little and putting everything in his mouth, including things that people who have eaten eggs or peanuts have touched. Trying not to self destruct when people joke that this food allergy thing has gone too far and they are gonna send their child with a peanut butter sandwich.
Luckily neither is of life-threatening degree. I want him to get allergy shots… can they do that for food allergies?
Siiiiiiiigh. At least it wasn’t the dog.
(Note: Ironically he has no seasonal or pet allergies yet, which are what plague the two of us so.)