The Day I Found Out My Son Has A Peanut Allergy

Have you ever received a bad news on a supposedly good day? I did; I found out my son has a peanut allergy on his first birthday. Click on the image to learn more.

I’ve been very particular with what my kids eat. While my daughter can eat anything (even unhealthy ones once in a while), my son can only eat the good food – no junk food, only healthy stuff. Whenever we eat something that’s not healthy, he usually just stands there watching us – I know that sounds cruel but I just didn’t want him to consume anything unhealthy until he’s 1. That doesn’t mean that he’ll be eating unhealthy all the time as soon as he turns 1; it just gives me the peace of mind to let him try anything.

baby boy sitting on his high chair with food on his face

That said, my husband and I have been looking forward to the day he turns 1 because that would mean he gets to enjoy everything that we’re eating. Or so we thought…

It was Thursday morning, the day before my son’s 1st birthday, his teacher called me to let me know that he has hives on his face and body. I picked him up from the daycare and brought him to his doctor’s office to have him checked out. By the time we arrived at the doctor’s office, the hives have almost cleared up but there were still enough for the doctor to see.

I told his doctor that it was the second time he had a reaction to scrambled eggs and this time, it appeared later than the first one did. I then shared with her what happened after he had scrambled eggs for the first time –  he had hives on his face and shoulder an hour or so after eating some. I called his doctor’s office right away and I asked if it could be an allergic reaction. I was told that it’s most likely not an allergic reaction because allergic reactions are instantaneous and are usually in the mouth area. The nurse said that it could just be something that could have come in contact with his skin so we were asked to give him a bath. The hives disappeared shortly after his bath.

His doctor said that because every child is different, allergic reactions could appear in any parts of the body and could happen within a few hours after consuming food. His doctor was concerned that he could be allergic to eggs because he had reactions both times he had some. I was told that the most effective (but expensive) way to do an allergy test for kids his age is the blood test. I was informed that insurance doesn’t always cover it but was assured that the doctor would help us out if ours didn’t. (Hopefully, she sticks to that promise) They drew his blood (and he did so great – he didn’t cry at all) for the allergy test. Before we went home, I was instructed not to give him anything new until we get the result which should happen within 2-3 business days.

Later that afternoon, we drove to Great Wolf Lodge as planned, for his birthday.

Friday noon, while everyone was taking a nap, my phone rang; it was his doctor. I quickly got up, ran to the hallway and answered the phone.

Me: Hello?

Doctor: Hello. This is Dr. *** from *** calling about your son. I already have the results of his allergy test (my heart pounding) and unfortunately, (as soon as I heard that word, my heart sank) I was right about the egg allergy and so much more (Wait! What?! I became even more anxious).

She went on to explain that they tested for common food allergens; explained that the blood test returns a number from 1 to 100 and from there they categorize the allergies to 3 levels – Level 1 (10-20% allergic), Level 2 (50% allergic), and Level 3 (allergic). She enumerated the different allergens that they tested for and found out that my son has a Level 2 allergy to eggs and Level 3 allergy to peanuts. (At this point, I don’t know how to react).

The call lasted for another 15-20 minutes, she told me that we have to follow up with an Allergist and that my son could outgrow his egg allergy. Tests will be done at the Allergist’s office when he’s around 18 – 24 months to confirm. She also told me that she will be issuing an EpiPen prescription at our pharmacy and explained how it works. I did my best to listen to every word she was saying; but at this time, I just didn’t know what to feel. After I hung up, I went back inside our room, restless. I wanted to wake my husband up so I could tell him, but I might end up waking up the kids so I didn’t.

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As they were sleeping, I started thinking – Why did this have to happen? My husband and I don’t have any allergies; how come our son does? Why, of all days, did I have to find that out on his first birthday?

You could be thinking that I am being melodramatic, it’s just an allergy and it could be managed. Yes; you are right, it could have been worse. I know there are far worse diseases that people are suffering from right now; but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t take it seriously. I actually had one parent told me not to worry about it because it’s common. I know it’s common (here in the States, but not in the Philippines so this is new for me), there’s no doubt about that, but that doesn’t mean I should care less about it. Peanut allergy is one of the most fatal food allergies and in one careless mistake… I don’t even want to think about it.

I realized I have a choice; I couldn’t let this news ruin our trip, our celebration; most importantly, our life. I couldn’t live each moment worrying about his allergy since I have to enjoy it with them. As a mom of two beautiful kids, I have to remain positive; I have to see the good in everything. When my son was born, I learned a very valuable lesson that I shared with him in my letter here; and maybe it’s one of those things that has to happen because it serves a purpose.

I should focus more on the bigger picture and not on what’s happening right now. When the right time comes, it will all make perfect sense. For now, I just have to trust that He has a plan and whatever that is, it is for the best. Maybe it’s one of those trials that we have to undergo as a family and we will come out of it closer together and stronger. I must believe that we can get through this.

Moving forward, my husband and I would just have to be vigilant in what he consumes and what he comes in contact with; and keep our fingers forever crossed that we won’t have to use the EpiPen that I was dreading to get from the pharmacy.

While in the middle of all these thoughts, I heard my son cry; he has already woken up from his nap and of course, he woke his sister up. Shortly, everyone was awake and I heard giggles from my daughter. I turned the lights on and saw my kids; I then thought to myself, everything will be okay.

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24 Comments
  • eclations
    Posted at 12:07h, 17 September Reply

    *hugs* I know everything will be alright. Your baby boy is strong. Praying he overcomes his allergies! 😉

    • Belle
      Posted at 12:42h, 17 September Reply

      Thank you. It means a lot. 😊

  • astruewc
    Posted at 19:19h, 19 September Reply

    Hi Belle, I hear you. Hang in there! My baby is allergic to egg white and we didn’t know until she had redness/swelling. We’ve since had dr tested (through injection tests) and confirmed she is allergic and also to some nuts. Dr recommended us to bake muffins/other goodies with eggs and give her in small increments to help build her tolerance…we’ve not been too active in this, but have given her dishes (in very small amounts) that has eggs. Both my husband and I are not allergic to eggs or nuts, so I hope this is just one thing she’ll grow out of, I hope the same for your son as well! Take care!

    • Belle
      Posted at 23:29h, 19 September Reply

      I read about the bake test but we have yet to see an allergist. My son didn’t have any reactions to the pancake I make for breakfast when I’ve been using eggs on it (before we found out he’s allergic) and the bake test does explain it. Thank you so much; it’s comforting to know someone who understands what we are going through. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that my son and you daughter outgrow their allergies. Good luck! 🙂

  • astruewc
    Posted at 02:34h, 29 September Reply

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    • Belle
      Posted at 08:28h, 29 September Reply

      Hi Dannan! Thank you so much for nominating me. It really means a lot. I haven’t reached the 200 subscribers mark yet so I’d still be able to join. Have a great day! 🙂

  • Cassidi
    Posted at 22:02h, 29 September Reply

    Oh my goodness, how scary! You have a great outlook though, keep up the great work Mama!!

    • Belle
      Posted at 08:44h, 30 September Reply

      Thank you, Cassidi! It really means a lot to me. 🙂

  • sarahjean518
    Posted at 09:27h, 01 November Reply

    My niece was allergic to about 10 things for a year and I know it was a struggle for my sister but she just made it work. Keep it up you are doing awesome!

    • Belle
      Posted at 09:37h, 01 November Reply

      It is really tough. Thank you; that means a lot.

  • ktinamou
    Posted at 11:15h, 01 November Reply

    Food allergies are such an important topic and I think everyone reacts to the news differently. They can be hard to manage, but luckily many schools and people are much more aware and sensitive to the issue than they were before. I wish you luck on your journey!

    • Belle
      Posted at 13:08h, 01 November Reply

      Thank you so much; that means a lot. 🙂

  • Ash @ Spit Up and Sit Ups
    Posted at 13:21h, 01 November Reply

    You have such a good outlook on this! Is there a chance he will outgrow the allergy?

    • Belle
      Posted at 14:10h, 01 November Reply

      Thank you! That’s what we’re trying to find out; he just had his blood drawn again today so his allergist can determine which of the components of eggs and peanuts he’s allergic too. I didn’t like the first allergist we saw though so I looked for a new one and the earliest appointment they could give us is in December. So hopefully, we’ll know more then. Thanks for asking.

  • Christine Cox
    Posted at 15:47h, 01 November Reply

    Peanut and egg allergies are so tough because I feel like they are everywhere! I am sorry you and your family have to deal with it, but such is life, right? Prayers that he maybe outgrows it someday!

    • Belle
      Posted at 21:29h, 01 November Reply

      Thank you so much! It means a lot. Yes, life can play tricks on you sometimes. We’ll just have to deal with it one day at a time. 🙂

  • Melissa
    Posted at 19:57h, 01 November Reply

    That is so scary! I hope he will grow out of it. At least these days schools are a little more accommodating towards children with these types of allergies!

    • Belle
      Posted at 21:30h, 01 November Reply

      Thank you so much! It means a lot. That’s true and they’re more aware. Hopefully, we won’t have to use the epipen. 🙂

  • lrramnath
    Posted at 08:56h, 02 November Reply

    It’s always scary when things come up like this especially when our kids are involved. You have such a great attitude about this. I hope it gets a little easier and a little less scary for you.

    • Belle
      Posted at 16:22h, 02 November Reply

      I agree; anything gets scarier when the kids are involved. Thank you; it really means a lot.

  • diadarling3
    Posted at 20:16h, 03 November Reply

    Everything will be okay. I am glad your son didn’t have as bad of an experience as he could have. 🙂 One of my best friends is severely allergic to peanuts to the point she can’t even touch them :/ but she has a pretty awesome life and a little boy a few months younger than your little one. much love to your family.

    • Belle
      Posted at 21:41h, 03 November Reply

      Thank you! This really means a lot. It’s really comforting to know that someone who has a peanut allergy is living a really awesome life. Thank you so much! 🙂

  • emma
    Posted at 15:18h, 22 November Reply

    My youngest (2.5) had bad eczema as a baby so we took him to an allergist when he turned 1. We leaned he was allergic to peanuts and had to avoid tree nuts as well. Later, when I asked if coconuts counted as a tree nut, we learned he’s allergic to those too (totally shocked the allergist because he said they’re not the same family and hardly anyone is allergic to coconuts).

    My son is also a level 3, so we have the epi pen. When he got another blood draw earlier this year we learned his level dropped a little, though he’s still a Level 3. It is encouraging, but I’m scared of being too hopeful. I’m really hoping he outgrows this allergy eventually. This summer, he did a food challenge with almond butter and we got the green light to introduce tree nuts – our challenge is finding those that aren’t possibly cross-contaminated with peanuts.

    People always ask how my son would react if he ate something with peanuts, and I honestly cannot say. I really dont think his eczema was peanut related; it’s gotten better as he’s gotten older just like his big brother’s. Not knowing what a reaction would look like for him makes it even more terrifying to me. It’s been an adjustment for sure.

    *hugs!*

    • Belle
      Posted at 08:23h, 23 November Reply

      Awww! I’m so sorry to hear that. We’ve seen an allergist earlier this month but didn’t like her. She was insisting that my son’s eczema was because of his exposure to eggs and I told her it wasn’t. He’s had eczema since he was born and he hasn’t had any egg exposure then. We went home to Manila earlier this year, it was really humid and hot and his skin cleared up. During the summer here, his skin also cleared up but now that it’s getting cold again, he’s starting to have eczema again. But she still insisted it’s because of the eggs. WTH?!

      So I found another allergist and we’re scheduled to see them next month. We also have the results to the blood draw that they did to find out which egg and peanut components my son is allergic too. Fortunately, for my son, he’s not allergic to tree nuts.

      I hope your son outgrows it too. And wishing you the best in your journey towards this very unfortunate event.

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