Wednesday, April 29, 2009

How do you find out whether your kid has peanut allergies?

How about seeing what happens when the babysitter decides to give him a peanut butter sandwich?

To be fair, because I like the babysitter, we didn't specifically tell her no peanut butter. And there is peanut butter in the fridge. Chunky unsalted, which is the best kind ever and people may like creamy but there is no accounting for taste. And food allergies don't so much run in our families. And Lord knows the kid has been able to eat whatever else we've thrown at him (or allowed him to throw) without a problem.

But still -- the pediatrician had asked us to hold off. And a friend, a few months back, had tried giving a peanut butter sandwich to her son and ended up calling 911 when he had trouble breathing. And now she has those epi-pen things.

So I had a "yeek!" moment when I found out about the sandwich. But he's fine. As fine as he gets, in fact. So I'm torn between continuing the "yeek!" moment or just being glad that we can give him peanut butter sandwiches for lunch. Because planning lunches was starting to get difficult anyway.

I bet he'll really like peanut butter and banana sandwiches. His mommy does.


  1. Our pediatrician says now we're supposed to give our kids peanuts and tree nuts early as a way to prevent allergies. We're up on it because Meredith has a severe peanut/tree nut allergy. So, I guess your babysitter did you a favor. Sort of.

  2. Wow, I didn't know about Meredith. That's tough.

    It does seem like the recommendations on that change on a weekly basis, doesn't it?