Kids and allergies. Where do I start? If you’re a mom of a household of allergies, including yourself like me, you know. It can be overwhelming. What’s more, what happens when you aren’t quite sure of the allergy? Yep, allergies have been taunting us for years.
little C. has always had seasonal allergies just like his mama, but when we found out last winter he might have a peanut allergy, I nearly fainted. If you know me, you know I’m already a worry-wart, so the peanut allergy sent me into overdrive. How would we make it through life?
I was confused and mad and scared and all of the emotions, if ya will. I immediately got an Epi Pen, Benedryl and researched like crazy. I even found these Mabel’s Labels allergy stickers that are just perfect! Because besides peanuts, he tested positive for soy. Let me tell you, the past 9 months of grocery shopping have been not so glorious, to put it lightly. (I don’t agree with soy anyway because it’s a dirty ingredient no matter how you look at it, but finding things without on purpose for the sake of your child’s health can prove to be extremely daunting since it’s in everything. And that’s a shame.)
So to move the story along quickly, we had him retested. Always have everything retested, folks.
He may or may not have an actual peanut allergy now that we have further results back – and he doesn’t have soy at all! I couldn’t believe it when I got the call. I actually almost started crying at the office.
So what’s next? A scary food challenge that I’m not excited about and that we have to wait practically a year to do. The worry-wart in me is already shaking to pieces, but it’s the only way for us to truly know and maybe (finally) we can rest at ease knowing there’s nothing wrong. Fingers crossed.
For now, I’ll stick with these cute lil’ customized allergy stickers (that I’m going to have revised – oh, and these are mock ones…his name is def not Sam) and relish in the fact that we might have good news before long.
Tell me. Have you had any allergy tests done with your kids? Aren’t these stickers an amazing idea?!
Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this post (nor am I a doctor). Mabel’s Labels sent us these labels for review purposes. All opinions are my own. So genius.