My son was diagnosed with egg and peanut allergy around 1 1/2 years old. There are many conflicting reasons as to why kids get peanut allergies, and sometimes I feel at fault for eating grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches so often during my pregnancy. I "know" you can't give it to your children that way, but enzymes through breast milk? That sounds legitimate to me. We let him taste random things here and there during the holidays even though he wasn't old enough, but we honestly didn't think we would harm him in any way. I gave him toast with peanut butter on it, and he broke out in hives. Two days later while visiting a friend I put him to nap in a playpen used by a child who had peanut butter, and the reaction was so horrible. I wasn't educated on peanut allergies, but I gave him Benedryl and took him to the hospital. After seeing the allergist and testing positive for peanut allergy (and egg, we had no idea but vaccines have been a chore), my family has become anal. We have to check EVERYTHING. I'm sure other people understand what I'm talking about, but I haven't met anyone in my area who has a child with a severe allergy. My son is in headstart, and I had to basically show them that even things like CRACKERS, and baked goods contain nuts! It's been scary, and I know I drive people insane, but this is my sons life! I am hoping to meet other people who have the same sort of experiences so that maybe I won't feel so bad for hovering around my son every second. Halloween is just around the corner ...
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