Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It's All Fun & Games 'Til Someone Gets Poked...with an Epipen.

We've known for a little over a year that our sweet Little Foot has food allergies (since he was about 10 months old) .  We've learned from our late night research binges in this time that food allergies in children (particularly under 3) exhibit in many different ways.  Most things in this list had been in front of our pediatrician, but they never said anything about them being linked to food allergies.  If you are pregnant, or have a tiny tot, look these over carefully, so you can identify them sooner than later:

deep circles under eyes
chronic dry skin
chronic diarrhea/foul diapers
frequent sleep interruptions
cradle cap
chronic gas
waxy ears
runny nose
chronic cough

Little Foot had reflux, cradle cap, dry skin, and was a terrible sleeper...and has the sweetest temperament any child could have.  Unfortunately a month ago, our worst fear was realized, he had an anaphylactic reaction to a tree nut.  I'll share the details of that horrible experience another time, but suffice it to say that we've been emotional wrecks since then.  Seeing your child in a life threatening situation nearly stop breathing does something to your head and emotions that I can't put into words.  The video below begins to explain it a little, though, if you want to peek into my chaotic brain. 

So, today, I shared with my husband that I need to process all of this information, the steps we've already taken, and what we have to do now to keep our son as safe as we can ...and no, although it would be helpful, right now I'm not interested in, here's my blog.

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