My Stupidity

Posted on: Sun, 08/01/1999 - 6:01am
Christine's picture
Joined: 02/03/1999 - 09:00

Well, after all my daycare center complaints, I was the stupid one who caused my son to have an allergic reaction. First off, the reaction was not to peanuts but to eggs and secondly, this was the first reaction that I have personally witnessed.

Last night we went out to dinner at Chili's. I had some potato patties with my dinner. I've given my son a taste of these before, with no problem, and I stupidly "assumed" without asking that these were safe. I assumed they only contained shredded potatoes and cheese. Well, my son decided that he really liked these and proceeded to eat a whole one all to himself. About 30 seconds after his last bite he quickly put his fingers in his ears and told me they itched. Next, he began wildly scratching his entire head, and then told me that his mouth and tongue itched. He then started sneezing so I took him out to the car to better assess the situation and to be alone if I felt the Epi was necessary. Don't ask me what was going to signal me to use the Epi--I really didn't know. I guess I was looking for hives. Fortunately, the reaction seemed to abate within about 5 minutes and we drove over to Target purchase some Benadryl. By the time we got home, all was well, except that my son did mention that his throat bothered him for awhile. He said it "burned."

I contacted Chili's and they confirmed that the potato patties contain a product called Easy Eggs. It is prepared egg in a carton. They mixed this in with the potatoes and cheese and briefly grill them. This is the first "real" minor cooked egg product my son has had. Prior to his diagnosis he had eaten some foods with egg in it (cake, pasta, mayo), but all were heavily processed and there was probably not much intact egg protein left. Not so with the potato patties.

Can anyone comment what type of reaction this was? Does this fall under "anaphylaxis"? Or is this a different type of reaction.

You can imagine that I am just guilt-ridden. But I did take the opportunity to explain to my son why he cannot have eggs or peanuts. He does not remember his first peanut reaction (he was 8 months old) and he just has never "got it" about why he is forbidden to have these foods. I think, today, he has a better understanding.

On a more positive note, earlier in the day we attended a birthday party with some of his daycare pals. When I got to the party, the mother of the birthday girl assured me that the party was "peanut free" and nearly "egg free" except for the cake. It seems that her friend has a peanut/egg/wheat allergic child who was attending so all of the pinata candy was safe and the goody bags had no candy at all. It is really nice to see someone taking such an interest in other people's children. What a good person she is!


Posted on: Sun, 08/01/1999 - 7:06am
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pHi Christine,/p
pI am so sorry your son had a reaction to the eggs! In answer to your question--according to the following link I'm going to give you, it was an initial start of an anaphylactic reaction. The link is called "Anaphylaxis" at [url=""][/url] and scroll down (at the botom of the article) to where it lists "Signs and Symptoms of Anaphylaxis" and for skin it lists:/p
pIt then goes on to describe other symptoms from other areas of the body such as respiratory, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal./p
pDon't put too much pressure on yourself. From what I gathered from your post, you remained calm for Evan and this is very important! I do know how you feel though because I mistakenly gave my son his sisters plate which contained a PBJ sandwich and gave his sister his jelly sandwich. The only thought that ran through my mind was "Oh my God, I just killed my child" after he took a bite of the peanut butter. The PB jar immediately went in the trash and has been out of our house ever since. That incident still haunts me. /p
pHopefully the article will help you./p
pHere is part of what the article states regarding anaphylaxis and I quote:/p
p"Initial symptoms usually begin within seconds to minutes of exposure and may include flushing, sneezing, itching, tingling of the armpits and groin, lightheadedness, sweating and a sense of apprehension. The skin may develop rashes, hives and swelling./p
pAs the reaction progresses, the airways of the lungs may constrict."/p
pHow is he doing now? How are you doing? /p
pI would let your son's allergist know of this reaction so he can document your son's medical file./p
pStay Safe!/p
p[This message has been edited by Connie (edited August 01, 1999).]/p

Posted on: Sun, 08/01/1999 - 9:30am
Christine's picture
Joined: 02/03/1999 - 09:00

pConnie,br /
Thanks for your reply and for the link. Evan is doing great now and was actually doing fine about an hour after the ingestion. He did complain of a burning throat for about 2 hours, but it was gone by the time he went to sleep. I half expected to see a rash or some gastrointestinal problems today but so far so /

Posted on: Sun, 08/01/1999 - 11:37am
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Joined: 02/02/1999 - 09:00

pHi Christine,/p
pI am so glad that the whole episode turned out ok for Evan. And, I certainly applaud you for staying so calm. I often wonder how I am going to react if Matt has an anyphylactic reaction again. The first one was so horrendous, and I admit that I really did not know how bad it could have been./p
pStay Safe, Debbie/p

Posted on: Wed, 08/04/1999 - 10:39am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

pChristine - I am so sorry about what happen! It is very hard to remember to check EVERYTHING. My husband and I have to remind each other often! Please forgive yourself! You handled it very well from the sounds of it! [img][/img]/p
pI just wanted to mention that Spencer did the same thing: grabbing his ears and digging at his head. The ER doc said that was from the internal reaction and from hives inside his ears. As I learned at the end of June (his second reaction that month) sometimes the signs of a reaction are hard to read until you are in big trouble. In our case the hives came after the breathing problems were treated./p
pTake Care!/p
p------------------br /
Kelly Mbr /
Another Mom in Michigan/p

Posted on: Sun, 08/08/1999 - 3:55pm
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Joined: 01/17/1999 - 09:00

pOur daughter is allergic to peanut/all tree nuts and peas if ypu can believe it. any way yesterday we went into a health food store with our daughter( she is contact,inhalation allergic). not thinking about the wonderful smells that go with it. well within four hours,eyes watery, facial swelling need i say mor.fortunatly, only atarax was /
talk about feeling stupid. no more health food stores for our daughter/p

Posted on: Wed, 08/11/1999 - 10:20pm
BCouch's picture
Joined: 05/18/1999 - 09:00

pI too was the cause of a reaction my son (6) had last month. After vigilantly reading every label that comes into our house, one got by me. It was a brownie in a "t.v. dinner" by Kid's Cuisine. The brownie contained peanut butter chunks. The package was labeled correctly, I just missed it. After one bite he told me it had peanut butter in it. I immediately gave him Benedryl and called the Ped. He never complained of many symptons, just that his throat was hot. He seemed ok, I did not use the epi-pen and after an hour he was running and playing across the street. I stayed up all night watching his breathing to see if another, more severe reaction might occur. I have not been able to talk about this til now. I have chastised myself for my own stupidity and realized if I can make such a mistake, how can I trust any one else. /p


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