So, Eva has a peanut allergy. I'm still kind of stunned. I honestly expected her test to come back ambiguous or inconclusive or something not so official. Eva has never liked peanut butter so I just never gave it to her. I ate it. Audrey ate it, but Eva never wanted it. I just thought she didn't like it now but probably would at some point in her life.
However, later she ate a cookie with peanuts in it, told me it tasted yucky and that her mouth itched. I noted it, placed it carefully in the back o f my mind, but just went on. This happened another time too. Then here in Lux she bit into a peanut butter cookie, assuming it was chocolate chip and the same thing happened. She complained it made her mouth itch and then her whole affect seemed a bit droopy or tired. After that I decided to have her tested at her next well child check-up.
We saw her pediatrician during our visit to Seattle. He thought testing her would be a good idea just so we would officially know if she had an allergy. He suggested we test for almonds and cashews as well. I told him she loves Nutella and eats if happily without incidence. Nutella is made with hazelnuts. Since we were only in town for another few days she had to be tested via a blood draw versus going to see an allergist for a skin test. We made it through the blood draw thanks to a prize of bubbles and a princess sticker, and awaited the results.
I talked with her pediatrician on Friday. He said Eva had a "strong" reaction to peanuts and that she tested at a level 4 (Levels are 1-6). She was at a Level 2 for almonds and cashews indicating a mild allergy. The pediatrician said we should get an epi pen jr. to carry around and one for her classroom as well. As for prediciting what kind of reaction she would have if she ingested peanuts, he said it is impossible to tell. He said future reactions may or may NOT be as mild as the ones she's already had. Scary stuff. I'm still processing all this. We'll see an allergist next time we're in Seattle.
I'm left wondering how careful we need to be. Can we have peanut butter in the house? Can she touch peanuts? Can I eat a peanut butter sandwich and then give her a kiss? Seems best to make our house peanut free. Another perk of living in Europe - peanuts and peanut butter are a rarity here. Now, if she was allergic to hazelnuts that would be a different story.
Anybody out there with a peanut allergy?