People who are not familiar with this allergy are not aware of how serious and severe it can be.
There have been reported cases of mild to severe reactions from simply kissing someone who had eaten peanuts or peanut butter, eating at a table where someone prior to you had a peanut butter sandwich, or even simply shaking a person’s hand. Some people do not understand that if they have peanut oil on them from the peanut butter and they don’t thoroughly wash then traces of peanuts can be spread onto anything they touch. Prior to my son being diagnosed, I was making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for his playmates. I wiped the knife clean with a wet paper towel and made sure there were no noticeable traces of peanut butter because we had our suspicions that my son was allergic. I cut my son’s plain jelly sandwich with the same knife. His eye quickly blew up like a balloon. I also recall another time when my husband had eaten Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups while at work and when he came home, he kissed our son goodnight. Shortly after, I noticed a rash develop around his mouth. This may sound crazy or an overreaction to some, but try telling that to a parent who lost their child from eating something with traces of peanuts or nuts. I am sure these parents will tell you that the offending food was eaten by their child many times prior without any prior reactions.
Parents and even some allergist don’t realize that even though a child tested low for a peanut or tree nut allergy, that doesn’t mean they will never have a life threatening reaction. It is very likely that your child will first experience mild reactions before ever experiencing anaphylaxis.
Some children have mild reactions until they are teenagers or adults. Don’t live in fear, but
never forget to always be vigilant when any food is around and always carry your Epipens.
As far as growing out of this allergy or finding a cure, we should never give up hope. There is a 20 percent chance of your child outgrowing this allergy and if they tested low and have only experienced mild reactions then their chances increase. As parents we try to do our best to protect our children. Mistakes happen and you can’t live in a bubble, but we do our best.
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