DS had mild reaction to food I fed him
My two and a half year old PA/TNA ds had a mild (hives on his neck,crying) reaction to a Hood ice cream sandwich yesterday (he had a TINY bite and spat it out, crying). I have only very recently discovered this website and am grateful for the information I have found here. I knew, for example, not to give him benadryl immediately because it might mask the more severe symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction until it was too late. I didn't give him benadryl at all because the hives didn't spread after the initial reaction and because I'm now paranoid.
Today I did a search on these boards and elsewhere online, because I thought that the food I had fed my ds was "safe." I was appalled to discover that the FALCPA in the USA doesn't cover "processed on equipment shared by" or "processed in a facility which also uses" food allergens. This was a total shock to me and I wonder am I the only one who has learned this the hard way? I thought I was so diligent and now I feel so guilty. After all of these months of worrying what other people might expose my ds to it was ME who gave him an unsafe food.
Hood wants me to send the product to them for testing. I haven't spoken with them yet but I will post in the "Manufacturers" forum when I have more info (I have seen old posts regarding Hood but will share to give updated info).
This was my ds's first reaction of any kind since we took our first ride in an ambulance together and even though -- thank goodness -- it was mild, it was still scary and horrible.