Warning: Nut Free Zone

Warning: Nut Free Zone
November 13, 2014 Our Circle of Moms

By: Danielle McFadden

Nut Free Zone

Last week Zoe was diagnosed with peanut and tree nut allergies. It may have been denial or wishful thinking, but I honestly didn’t think we’d leave the allergist with this diagnosis. We went into the appointment allergy free (in my mind, at least) and we left armed with the warning signs of anaphylaxis and how to use an Epi Pen during a life-threatening reaction to nuts. It’s overwhelming to know that you can’t keep your baby in a bubble and shield them from this crazy (but wonderful) world that we live in.

This past week Adam and I have armed ourselves with the resources to help us navigate this new normal for our family. I honestly feel blessed that this has happened during a time when there are so many resources online dedicated to supporting parents of children with allergies. I even started a Pinterest board to keep all of the resources I find helpful in one place – http://www.pinterest.com/daniellemb1483/nut-allergies/.

So, when I’m at the grocery store wandering the aisles aimlessly and completely overwhelmed reading food labels, or when I go over the contents of Zoe’s diaper bag to make sure I remember her Epi Pen, I have to keep things into perspective.  I give myself a gut check when I feel my stomach sinking or my eyes watering. Yes, it stinks that Zoe has food allergies. It’s scary. It’s unchartered territory for us. But aside from that, Zoe is happy, healthy and bright. I am blessed and will be counting my blessings while I’m traveling along this bumpy road with Zoe, Adam and the rest of my family!

(Side note for new parents: I have found it helpful to have infant Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl in our house. We needed Motrin when Zoe had a scary high fever and Tylenol wasn’t working and we needed Benadryl when she had a reaction to peanut butter. Both instances required unnerving trips to the pharmacy on the way to the doctors.)

Comments (2)

  1. HeatherMC 7 years ago

    Good luck with everything! My children do not have food allergies as of now, but I do. I developed them over the past few years and most through my last pregnancy, so my 2 1/2 yr old son is currently not allowed to try the things that I developed while pregnant with him (peanuts, shellfish, coconut). Tree nuts I was already allergic to as well as bananas. Then to add insult to injury, I have Oral Allergy Syndrome and can only eat fruits and vegetables that are cooked. It is a whole lot of adjusting. Is Zoe allergic to seeds, or just nuts? If not seeds, check out sunbutter, we use it often in our house. 🙂

  2. HeatherMC 7 years ago

    Oh and eggs! That is my newest allergy. Which proved to make fishing a flu shot hard.

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