2 year old son is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish

Posted on: Tue, 03/16/2010 - 3:19am
Mom_to_Jack's picture
Joined: 03/16/2010 - 08:26

My son recently went through the RAST test and scored 6 on peanuts, anywhere from 1-3 on various tree nuts, 4 on shellfish, and 2 on milk.

We knew about the peanut allergy because he had accidental exposures at 12 and 18 months that resulted in vomiting and hives, but the severity of his allergy and the other food allergies were a surprise.

Getting our extended family to understand how serious the situation is has been difficult. My mother keeps buying him treats that have been manufactured around nuts and hassles us about what we let him eat. I am really dreading Easter because of all the dangerous food that will undoubtedly be around.

I am so happy to have found these forums because I can tell already that they will be a great source of information and support.

Posted on: Tue, 03/16/2010 - 3:54am
BestAllergySites's picture
Joined: 03/15/2009 - 21:46

Welcome mom to jack!
I know it's frustrating when you hear things are worse than you thought. Keep in mind though that the end result is the same. You need to avoid the food either way.
Regarding family--it takes time, patience and education. Print out some information for them regarding allergies. Send them to a few websites. There are unfortunately even memorial sites for those that have died due to their allergies. That might be a huge revelation for family members that don't get it.
Just remember that it will get easier in time. Just make sure you advocate for your child--even if it's against family members and take what they say with a grain of salt. Only you know the severity of the situation right now. Hopefully they will come around.

Posted on: Wed, 03/17/2010 - 3:52pm
cmvervais's picture
Joined: 03/09/2010 - 16:21

It's a process to be sure. My 2 year old daughter was just diagnosed 2 weeks ago. I immediately understood everything I was going to have to do (baking my own bread tops the lists of things that are hard!!!), but my husband is still grasping it. A couple days ago he brought home food from a deli that had absolutely no labeling. He kept saying, "But that wouldn't have nuts in it!" The cross contamination concerns are the hardest for people to grasp. The rule for me from now on is that NO ONE can feed my child. If I'm the only one that understands the allergy at this point, then I'm the only one that can give her food. In time, I may trust Daddy and Granny again.... once they've proven themselves. Best of luck on this new crazy journey!

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