Ellie’s First Peanut Butter AKA The Day I Started Hating Peanuts
It was a beautiful Saturday morning. We had planned an outing to the Zoo with the grandparents and the kids were so excited!
When we got there I realized that I had LEFT.MY.CAMERA. Luckily I had my phone, so I still got a couple of pictures.
We went through the North American exhibit and the kids marveled at the seals, mountain lions, and bears. Then we decided to go back to the car for lunch. We didn’t feel like walking all the way to the picnic area so we decided to camp right on the grass in the parking lot. I have never been more thankful for my laziness.
We were eating sandwiches and peanut butter crackers. It was Ellie’s first experience with peanuts but I didn’t think for a second that she would have a reaction. Fast forward 5 minutes and we were in the car speeding towards CVS for a benadryl.
There were hives all over her face, her lips were starting to swell, and my husband was in panic mode. He is usually very calm about things so I knew that if HE was freaking out it was serious. Thankfully we got to the drug store and got the benadryl in her quickly, and within 15 minutes she was fine.
Now I am terrified to let her eat anything. She seemed to have a reaction a few nights ago and we are not even sure what she reacted to! I have scheduled an appointment with an allergist but until then I am to treat it as if it’s a life-threatening allergy and read EVERY SINGLE label to see if there is a peanut warning.
Anyone out there with peanut allergic children? Any advice?