Son just diagnosed with peanut allergy
I wasn't sure where to post this, but my son, who will be 5 in June was diagnosed with a peanut allergy and tree nut allergy today. He has had eczema and environmental allergies since he was a baby. He had a skin test when he was only a year old and it did not show any food allergies. Right before Christmas he had an allergic reaction. He was eating dinner and his lips swelled up. We thought it was probably from the pecans. I finally got him in with an allergy specialist today. She did the skin test and he is allergic to peanuts and all of the tree nuts they tested for.
I am feeling very overwhelmed right now. She gave me some info, but not much. I know to read labels on EVERYTHING and I have 2 epi-pen jrs. What else do I need to know? She didn't test for coconut or sesame, should I be concerned about those? How do we handle going out to eat? Birthday parties? Public places? What if there is a kid at the children's museum who eats a peanut butter sandwich for lunch then goes and touches the toys without washing his hands? She didn't give me any idea how severe the allergy is. Can smelling it or touching it cause a reaction?