Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Delayed Peanut Reaction

I have heard of delayed allergy reactions but I haven't heard of one as severe as this boys story.  He had a reaction to accidentally consuming a small amount of peanuts while at school, an itchy tongue. But later, it was his stomach ache that made his mom pick him up and take him to the ER where he started having hives and his throat started closing. He was having a delayed allergic reaction and was having trouble breathing, they were doing CPR and he had to be put on a heart lung by-pass machine in ICU. It brought tears to my eyes as this story hit so close to home. I am so happy for the boy and his family that everything turned out fine and for the mother for her quick thinking by taking her son to the ER.

It was this news story that we watched on our local news a few nights ago that really woke up my husband to how severe allergies can be. I think it really scared him, he started asking me all kinds of questions about Nathan's snacks at school and that he (my husband) needs to practice (again) using the Epi-Pen trainer- since it has been a while since he practiced.

The next day my husband (usually it is me) reminded Nathan about his allergies and he shouldn't eat anything anyone else gives him without checking first, do not eat on the bus, etc. My husband and went over the Epi-Pen training, just to make sure he remembers how to use it.

Hopefully....I can pass this on your allergy child's symptoms and when in doubt, just go to the ER - I'd rather be safe then sorry. Also, retrain your family members, teachers, day care workers or anyone who comes in contact with your allergy child on how to use the Epi Pen.  It can save help save a life.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt

We hosted our first annual neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt today. A few dozen kids from the neighborhood come and hunted for plastic eggs along with snacks and juice too. The weather was beautiful , Everyone had a good time and my sister played the Easter Bunny. 

Next year I may add on the invite to keep it a "peanut free event." Some of the eggs were filled with peanut butter candy, I don't think all of the neighbors know or even remember about Nathan's allergies. Nathan and his friend traded eggs, Nathan gave all the ones with peanut butter to his friend.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dying Easter Eggs = Reaction

Every year we dye eggs for Easter, I don't ever remember having a problem doing it. This year was different, Nathan was writing on the eggs with white crayon and then putting them into the different dyes. We were having a good time and then I noticed Nathan started coughing out of nowhere. It just got worse and worse. I said to him "are the eggs bothering you?" and he said he thought so, but he wanted to finish. I gave him a few puffs of "his inhaler and he kept working on the eggs. Finally towards the end he said "I have to get away from these eggs."

Are You Ready for Allergy Season?

I am excited to announce that I am now a Claritin® Mom Crew member. What does this mean? Well I will be offered products and samples that I can pass along to my readers. Children's Claritin® provides 24-hour non-drowsy allergy relief and it is the #1 Pediatrician Recommended Non- Drowsy Allergy Brand.

Symptoms of allergies
The symptoms of allergic rhinitis, which include sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes.

Indoor/Outdoor allergies can be caused from dust, mold, pollen and pet dander.
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With seasonal allergy season starting, we are using Children's Claritin® in our house. Nathan takes the grape flavored chewable tablets and really loves the taste. We have no trouble giving him his allergy medicine in the morning.

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Disclosure: As a member of the Children’s Claritin Mom Crew, I receive product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit. No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.