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How we plan on handling our identical allergies

After attending an amazing panel of speakers event on allergies, I’ve been planning better.

Thanks to FARE – food allergy research education, professionals Dr Hernandez Trujillo ( Nicklaus Children’s Health system Miami) and Dr Julie Wang ( Mount Sinai Hospital) Pediatric Allergists. and a parent with personal stories of her child with life threatening allergies I decided to take action on testing all levels of V & K’s peanut allergies as well as having my 19 month old tested.

As you already know the girls are always attending events and cooking is one of their favorite things to do. We never fuss over ingredients and rarely share the fact that they are allergic to peanuts unless it’s an obvious peanut dish. This has always been a practice for us since they were 2 years old, aware and able to ask of a food contained peanuts.

Now, how did we find out about their allergies? It was quite scary.

I had taken the girls to lunch with a friend. While waiting for our food they began to snack on the peanuts at the table. We made it through lunch fine and they even napped on the car ride home. Well, as soon as I turned the car off and they began to wake, so did the projectile vomit Times 2. The scene was gruesome but hey, clean up is part of a normal day. The scary part was that something went wrong and my two daughters were both sick at the same time. As an intuitive mom, I immediately visited the doctor to find out that it was an allergic reaction to peanuts.

I noticed that we continue to avoid all contact with peanuts for Bash as well, for fear that he is also allergic.

This is where the dream team panel comes in… I was informed that it’s best to feed your little ones as much as possible from birth – 4 years. Introducing them to all foods as soon as they’re able to sit up and swallow with spoon feeding. There’s a 129.8% increase in emergency room visits for anaphylaxis to food allergy among children 4 years and younger. There actually isn’t any hard data stating that children should not be introduced to certain foods early on. It was recommended that the best age to begin is 4-6 months.

This is where the new Auvi Q prescription medicine used to treat life threatening allergic reactions come in.

This new device may look identical to the original Auvi Q.

YES quite IDENTICAL just like our allergies…..could it be a twin?!!

Actually, the new FDA approved injector is made purposefully for smaller children between the weight of 16.5 – 33 lbs; and it’s easy to use.

Early education on your babies healthy is always a great solution. We recommend an office testing visit to avoid the twin traumatic car scene we experienced.

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