The WHY of Food Allergies has a very real and personal component to it in the midst of the scientific definition of the sudden & extreme reaction of the food allergy:
The WHY as a parent and protector is shock, disbelief and needing an answer. As parents, we introduce foods to our children slowly and in consultation with health care providers. The appearance of an extreme reaction to a food by a child is shocking and brings more questions than answers . The initial reaction of shock is quickly replaced by assisting your child and making them as comfortable as possible and getting immediate help if needed during the allergic reaction.
As a parent, my experience was just that and through the serious event was a resolve and determination to make my child’s initial experience the last one she would ever have to endure!! My toddler was with a babysitter after I had just returned to work. The babysitter and I had discussed appropriate foods for a toddler and when she suggested peanut butter, it seemed to be just fine……
- skin rash
- swelling of eyes, face
- swelling of tongue or throat
- swelling of body
- stomach ache
- vomiting, diarrhea
- breathing problems
- In severe cases, the allergic reaction may result in a drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness or death.