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For John’s birthday, he wanted me to make a recipe that called for peanut butter, and we decided we might as well let Baby Boy sample it.  Baby Boy had not had peanuts yet because of how he reacted to eggs when he was around 15 months old.  His previous pediatrician had advised us to wait until after his 2nd birthday to try peanut butter, but we had put off giving him peanut butter because it’s hard to pick a good day to possibly need to go to the ER or Urgent Care.

We gave him roughly 1/2 a tsp of peanut butter around 4pm, and about 30 minutes later he started to swell.  Of course he ended up getting something other than chicken lo mein for his dinner.  His face got red and splotchy and his lips and tongue swelled, but it wasn’t as bad as his reaction to eggs.  I didn’t think to take a picture of him until after the zyrtec kicked in.

After he had an allergic reaction to eggs, we put off giving him peanut butter.  For John's birthday, he wanted me to make a recipe that calls for peanut butter, so we thought we might as well give him a taste to see what happens.  We started with a small pea-sized amount.  Thirty minutes later he was fine, so we gave him 1/2 a tsp, and after that he started to swell.  His face got red and splotchy and his lips and tongue swelled.  I didn't think to take a picture of him until after the zyrtec kicked in.  He was fine, bouncing on our bed which is why the picture is blurry, but you can kinda make out that his lips are red and swollen.

I took this around 6:45pm after his bath.  He was fine, bouncing on our bed which is why the picture is blurry, but you can kinda make out that his lips are red and swollen.  He had some serious “Angelina Jolie” lips.

This is how he reacted to eggs.  With peanut butter, the swelling was in his lips, mouth, and tongue.

This is how he reacted to eggs. With peanut butter, the swelling was in his lips, mouth, and tongue.

We met with our new pediatrician two days after the peanut butter incident.  We agreed that allergy testing would be a good idea now.  A blood test would be preferable to continuing to give him new foods and gambling on how he would react.

We met with our new pediatrician two days after the peanut butter incident. We agreed that allergy testing would be a good idea now. A blood test would be preferable to continuing to give him new foods and gambling on how he would react.

For little guys, the allergy test is just a blood draw.  I was expecting it to be a horrible experience, but Baby Boy was awesome.  He sat very still in my lap during the whole thing.  He fussed a little bit at the end, but at that point they were pulling the needle out.  He was pretty pleased to get a blue bandage and spiderman stickers.

For little guys, the allergy test is just a blood draw. I was expecting it to be a horrible experience, but Baby Boy was awesome. He sat very still in my lap during the whole thing. He fussed a little bit at the end, but at that point they were pulling the needle out. He was pretty pleased to get a blue bandage and Spiderman stickers.

Turns out he’s allergic to eggs, peanuts, wheat, and milk.  Not feeding him eggs and peanuts is really easy.  Eliminating wheat and milk is tricky.  We have breakfast, dinner, and snacks figured out now, but lunch is still a challenge.

His new food rules:

1) Eliminate eggs, peanuts, and milk.

2) If the 1st or 2nd ingredient is wheat, eliminate it.  Limit it if wheat is 3rd or further down the list.

3) Do our best to eliminate foods like cheese and ice cream.  If he requests a piece of cheese, let him have a small amount.   However, make sure he doesn’t eat or drink anything else with dairy for the rest of the day, and only do this occasionally.

So if we’re at a birthday party where all the kids are eating cake and ice cream, he’s allowed to join in too, but not over do it.

If anyone has any suggestions for quick and easy lunches a somewhat picky 2 year old might like, please let me know.

We’re about 2 weeks in to our new diet.  The biggest difference I’ve noticed is his skin.  He’s had mild-moderate eczema since he was maybe 6 months old or so.  That’s pretty much gone.  I let him have a piece of cheese, a little yogurt, and chicken nuggets (breaded) the other day and after his bath I noticed his face was irritated again.  He also seems a bit calmer.  He’s still very much an active 2 year old boy, but he seems less hyper.

Our pediatrician’s son had the exact same food allergies when he was 2.  They noticed with him that his son had more energy after they changed his diet.  He also outgrew all of his allergies by the time they retested him at the age of 5.

I also did allergy testing this month, but I will spare you the nasty pictures of my arms all welted up.  Come spring I’ll probably start lobbying that we move to either the desert or the beach.  🙂

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