At that time, the eggs and peanuts were not a huge deal. He wasn't eating table foods yet and he had no clue all the delicious food that he was missing out on. After he turned one, the real troubles began. He was constantly breaking out in hives and his eczema was uncontrollable. We were truly realizing that eggs are in everything!!! We were VERY CAREFUL and CAUTIOUS and read all labels on foods. However, Landon was still breaking out in HIVES!
Landon turned 3 in January and his Doctor decided to do skin tests. He was still breaking out at random times and we noticed it a lot more when we were at my parents house. They basically live on a farm and have lots of dogs. On one visit, one of the dogs licked him and he broke out in hives. At this visit, we learned that he is still HIGHLY allergic to eggs, Peanuts were not as high as before, and he is allergic to pet dander, and ragweed. We still let poor Landon pet dogs. The poor boy LOVES dogs, but we wash his hands and face really good and he is given a bath as soon as we get home.
Over the past few days, the news is reporting about how 50% of people have a false positive to skin and blood tests. Landon has 2 allergy doctors, and they have both said this. But they do know that Landon is truly allergic, we have seen the HIVES! At his age, it is dangerous to give him oral challenges to peanuts. They are planning challenging him before he starts kindergarten.
My fear is that people who are not educated on allergies will see these reports and now downplay the seriousness of food allergies. These allergies can be VERY LIFE THREATENING for many children. Please, do not downplay how serious allergies can be. I will give MAJOR PROPS to GMA!! In their report, they stated how serious these allergies can be and demonstrated how to use an EpiPen. Thank you, GMA for being thorough in your reporting.
For some reason, food allergies can bring out the ugly in people who believe it is over diagnosed. I am sure they do not have a child who is suffers from allergies and cries when other children are eating cornbread with their soup and he gets crackers! So please, if you have a rude comment, do not post it here! This post is about my experience with food allergies.