True Stories - Beth

Janine

Food Allergy Mom


My son’s first serious reaction happened at six months old to fresh banana. As soon as the banana touched his mouth, face and eyes, large hives began to appear. He quickly became swollen, so we dragged him out of his highchair and put him in the bathtub to wash off the banana.

Within minutes in the bath, he went limp and unconscious. As I lifted him out of the tub, covered head to toe in hives, his eyes rolled back in his head. He was lifeless.

Scared doesn't explain how my husband and I felt. We didn't know what to do as first-time parents, so we buckled him in his car seat (not sure why we didn't call 911 or even just hold him during the ride to the ER). He was still lifeless.

It was a banana. He's 8 years old now and still can't eat bananas, wheat, milk, egg, nuts, sesame, mustard and others. He has needed emergency epinephrine six times in his life. That day we learned what food allergies can do but not how much food allergies would impact every aspect of our lives. We're still waiting to find normalcy in our family’s life. It's a daily struggle.

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