We’ve only been living with food allergies for three months in our family and have had a large learning curve. Have you heard that people with food allergies can react to simply coming in contact with the substance? Well… I knew it was possible but we learned the hard way today. It was pretty scary. We were in a rush when Alex finished breakfast this morning -he had cereal with milk. We got him down from the table without washing his hands or mouth like we usually do. He put his shoes on then ran into the living room to give Avery a hug and kiss – all on his own without prompting (so cute) and then he and Mitch left the house.
A few minutes later I was looking at Avery and saw a bright red splotch on her cheek. It took me a few moments of critical thought (which is difficult before 9 a.m.), but I finally figured out it was the same cheek Alex kissed her on moments after eating. He even drank the leftover milk out of the cereal bowl, so I would bet his lips were still wet.
I wiped off her cheek with a baby wipe, gave her a dose of Children’s Benedryl and put some hydrocortisone on it. It got worse before it got better. Within about 10 minutes it was a big red splotch and then her whole cheek got red. I started taking pictures to document it. I also got my epipenready and stripped her down to watch for any other hives on her trunk. Luckily she didn’t show any other symptoms, but you can believe me that I was on mega-watch for the next hour until it started to fade out.
Although Avery didn’t seem bothered by the reaction, it certainly is something we could have avoided. Also, she is more severely allergic to egg and peanuts. I wonder how much more severe it would have been with one of those substances. (I’ve since learned that the most severe reaction to food allergies, anaphylaxis
, rarely occurs from contact exposures like this, however it’s still best to avoid contact exposures whenever possible).
You can find more of my food allergy posts, tips & recipes on my Food Allergy page. I’d also love to connect with you on my Marketing Mama facebook page and twitter. This post, and all posts on this blog, are written from my experiences as a parent of a child with food allergies. I am not a medical expert and encourage you to consult with a doctor on your personal medical situation.