Ideas to help my 15 year old son.

Becky - posted on 04/15/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )




Need some advice; I have a 15 yr old son who is allergic to peanuts. He just his 2nd anaphylactic shock in less than 12 mths. He is now having sleeping issues and is worried about eating. Does anyone have any advice on what I should do? He is talking to me and has admitted he is worried about eating now. Becky


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Sarah - posted on 04/16/2012




Aw, I feel his pain! I am allergic to shellfish and have been since I was 4 when I had my first reaction which ended up with me in full cardiac arrest. It is by the grace of God that I am here today. I had my 2nd reaction at 20 when a restaurant used the wrong spoon to dish up my meal. Then just a week ago (14 years later) I had my 3rd. We were driving home from a visit with my inlaws and were an hour from a hospital when it came on. I did not have an epi pen (I have since gone to my doc and gotten one). I traced my reaction to a cross contamination of the BREAD I used to make our sandwiches for lunch. Someone at the grocery store touched the shellfish then made the bread I ate. It was very scary for me, my kids, and my spouse (he's never seen an anaphylactic reaction before). 8 days later, I'm still feeling headachy and drained.

I have been very scared since this 3rd reaction because it was to something I would NEVER have considered could be cross-contaminated. We've formulated an allergy plan and I made sure I now pack an epi-pen and Benadryl with me my diaper bag. I've shown my husband how to use the epi-pen as well just in case. Maybe you could make sure you have a clear plan, show others around what to look for, etc. in reactions. Make sure he carries an allergy kit with him. Now I'm not a huge fan of cell phones for kids, but maybe also a cell phone so he can call 911 if something happens and he's alone. Also maybe make sure he packs his own foods for a while.

Unfortunately as scary as anaphylaxis is, if you do have it, you need to find a way to live with it because you can't live without eating. Hang in there, I hope he feels better soon!

Medic - posted on 04/15/2012




Maybe for now its time to put him in a little food bubble and just pack his food for everything. Make him a little goodie pack to keep with him when he is out with you or friends so he has snacks that he KNOWS are safe for him. It is totally normal to be weary of something that leads to a very traumatic situation. I know it is a lot seeing as he is 15 but just do what you have to, to get him to eat. Once he is feeling comfy start slowly returning to "normal" eating habits for him. He is old enough that he can prepare his own snack packs and lunches and look up some new ideas that he would be interested in that are simple. Just keep talking to him and validating all of his feeling rational or not.

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