We Survived The First Nut ExposureEmily Malone
Few things have scared me more during baby’s first year than food allergies. Perhaps it’s because Cullen reacted to the very first food we tried – oatmeal cereal – by vomiting repeatedly after multiple exposures. Since then, I’ve been weary to try most of the common allergens – eggs, strawberries, and most of all – nuts!
We tackled eggs a few weeks ago, starting with the yolk and bravely moving into scrambling the whole thing. Strawberries were an accident – part of a mixed berry bag that we put in his smoothie. He survived and there was no anticipation leading up to it, since I didn’t even know it was happening. A win-win.
But I’ve been holding out on nuts until closer to the first birthday. Last week, I made an egg frittata that had a bit of almond milk mixed in. I was eating one myself for lunch, and Cullen kept grabbing for it and licking his lips. He sensed that it was tasty.
He’s about three weeks out from a year right now, and I figured I’ll have to do it eventually. There were a few other moms and babies over for playgroup that day, so at least I was in good company should something go wrong. He took a bite and I held my breath.
And…nothing. Totally fine! So much build up for so little outcome, but that’s what we were hoping for, so no complaining. I know peanuts are the major allergen to watch for, but I feel better having at least crossed the nut threshold with almonds. He’s had almond milk in eggs a few more times now, and this morning he had a bit in his smoothie. So far so good – almonds seem to be agreeing well.
I’ll probably wait a few more weeks before we try peanuts. I’m definitely nervous. It’s scary to think something so little can cause a big reaction in my precious baby, and I’d rather prepare for the worst than casually assume he’ll be fine. I don’t think I’ll go as far as sitting in the hospital parking lot when he tries some peanut butter (I have heard that moms do this!), but I’ll definitely be keeping a watchful eye.
So far, one down, and many more to go. But I’m calling this one a victory, and a big relief.
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