Just found out...
I had to rush my 2 1/2 year old baby girl to the ER after she touched peanut butter at school. I have twins in preschool and explained to the teacher early on that they had never eaten peanuts because I was waiting till 3yrs because of a history of eczema. She told me the room was nut-free at the beginning of the year. She didn't think that having their hands in it during craft time was a problem. "But they didn't eat it," she said. I didn't know for sure DD was allergic until then, but my intuition had always been to avoid peanuts entirely. It's a good thing I did.
Tests are back. She's a class 3 PA. I thank my stars that I hadn't just given them a spoonful of peanut butter one day. Just from touching it she swelled so badly and cried, saying her tongue hurt on the drive to the ER, during which I was wrecked. I'm in nursing school and know very well how quickly it can go badly for PA kids. Now that she's ok, I'm in shock.
I have devoured miles of support forum posts, trying to get a handle on this. I don't know where to start. My house is nut free. Her room at school is now officially nut free. What more can I do?
I read parents posts and I see different types of dealing....Immediately I feel fortunate to only have one PA kid and only a PA at that. Some of you are dealing with allergy lists so long it makes my brain hurt. So I know it could be worse. But some parents are fearful, some are angry, some simply get down to the work at hand of keeping their child safe. I am overwhelmed. How careful is careful enough? I read labels...but can I trust them? If I don't trust them, how can I feed her without a panic attack(that she picks up on and starts to feel uneasy about)? At what age do you start to teach your child about it and what in the world do you say?
Long post. Crying. I feel like I can handle this. But then I doubt myself. And I wonder how this will affect her confidence and her sense of freedom. I don't want her to always be afraid. (like I will be)