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Ok, my son has never had a reaction until today, just not sure to what. He is PA only. We ordered from the PA Allergy menu from chili's. He had grilled chicken and vegetables. He was fine. Around 20 minutes later I gave him a bite of the cinnamon apples which are safe. Still fine. Then for the first time I gave him a bite of a Enjoy Life chocolate chip cookie. He immediately had hives around his mouth, no where else. I gave him Zyrtec immediately.

So I now there is a chance that something from Chili's was cross-contaminated and that the reaction was delayed? Could it have been the chocolate from the cookie or the cinnamon in the apples (he had French toast this morning with cinnamon)?

On Aug 18, 2008

Not sure what he could have reacted to, but maybe it was something from Chili's that was cross contaminated. I avoid chili's with my PA son because they do use a lot of nuts in their food, and I heard they use peanut butter to thicken their chili. I am surprised to hear you say they have a PA menu?? I've never heard of such a thing.

On Aug 18, 2008

Oh no, I am so sorry this happened. I know you were probably scared! We went to Chillis recently while on vacation and they seemed very concerned about my son's peanut allergy and to the best of my knowledge were very careful with my his food. We had a good experience. I would bet on the cookie, since so many of them are cross contaminated with peanut butter cookies. Did the cookie come from Chilli's or was it something you had in your purse? (I tend to have a 'safe snack' for my son when we go out anywhere just incase).

On Aug 19, 2008

It was an enjoy life cookie. I called the allergist he wants to test him for a cinnamon allergy. After the reaction i read a lot about cinnamon contact reactions. I think it may have been that.

On Aug 19, 2008

Wow, I would have never thought of that. I haven't heard of cinnamon allergy yet. I wasn't aware of the Enjoy Life Cookies, sorry for my ignorance. They are apparently a safe cookie for peanut allergic people. I hope you can narrow it down quickly. Take care and let us know what happens.

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