My little Peanut has a peanut allergy. I have jokingly been calling her the AntiPeanut since we found out on Friday. But all joking aside, I am very cautious and uncertain of what this peanut allergy means for my baby girl. Obviously, she has never tried peanut butter or peanuts. She’s only 7 months old and way too young to try it. I had been eating peanut butter and foods containing peanuts while I was nursing her up until we found out. I am very very very glad I didn’t have to find out she had a peanut allergy by giving her peanut butter. That is one situation I will gladly avoid.
But I am left with so many questions I want to ask her doctor, including questions I don’t think he can really answer. Questions like:
- How severe is her allergy?
- Is she allergic to just peanuts or all tree nuts?
- Should I cut all tree nuts out of my diet, including almond milk (which I love)?
- Should I refrain from eating foods that MAY contain traces of peanuts or foods processed on the same machinery as peanuts?
- Should I make people wash their hands after eating peanuts (peanut butter) before they touch her (or in the case of my husband, brush his teeth before kissing her)?
- How do I know what will affect her and how badly?
These questions are only a few of the what feels like thousands of questions floating around in my head when it comes to her allergies, her health, her weight gain issues, and all the other issues we’ve been having lately. I am just so worried for her. A peanut allergy is a very serious allergy to have and can be very scary. I have heard the horror stories of children with severe peanut allergies and the problems that have arisen from it. I just don’t want my baby girl to deal with that. I am hoping her allergy isn’t severe and it doesn’t get worse. I am only hope and pray.