Had to use Epipen today...

Posted on: Tue, 12/27/2005 - 11:34am
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My 2 year old daughter is allergic to egg whites, peanuts and walnuts and I make a huge mistake today. I gave her Mini Chewy Sweetarts. I actually "read" the ingredients twice (once at the store and once before I gave them to her), but completely missed the egg albumin. I think I'm starting to rely too much on the bold print and contain statements and breezing through the ingredients in trusted foods. She's eaten other variations of sweetarts in the past and I've checked into their safety. I've always been in the top tier of protective and careful parents...just goes to show you can't be TOO careful every time.

She ate only about 8 of the little candies and immediately started to violently vomit. I thought maybe she was eating too fast and one ticked her throat. She then complained of her leg itching her and then I ran to re-check the label. In the midst of the mass number of ingredients...there it was. No bolding or contain statements...just buried in the ingredients.

I gave her benedryl and orapred and she seemed to calm down. With about 5 minutes the vomiting started again and her eyes started getting itchy (no swelling) and as I was cleaning her up in the kitchen she started saying she was tired and wanted to go to sleep. Her eyes were getting heavy and she was having trouble standing. She then had a bowel movement in her diaper, which I heard is a bad sign of low blood pressure.

I gave her the epi pen and called 911. Within a few minutes, she was pretty much back to normal and by the time the paramedics came, she was showing them her Christmas gifts.

I feel like such an bad mom for not reading more carefully. I called Nestle and reported the incident, asking that they consider bolding and putting statements on their products. But, ultimately, it was my fault.

I'm assuming this reaction was anaphalactic. I feel that without the epipen, she would have spriraled downward quickly. I hope I didn't set her back for potentially outgrowing the allergy.

Don't be afraid to use the epipen. I was so scared and was holding off doing it, but it was much easier than I thought. And it really WORKS.

[This message has been edited by dgood (edited December 27, 2005).]

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