Back To The Food Allergy Reality

Last week I was thrown back into the reality of my allergies as my lip became a bit red and itchy after lunch. There were no hives, I could breathe and it was only noticeable to me. Sometimes both as an allergic reactor or as a parent, it is easy to become more relaxed and less vigilant when no recent reactions have occurred. I am always vigilant and careful but every now and then I have my eye-opening reminder moments to bring my back to the severity.

I have talked to parents before about this same problem. When I was interviewing parents for my independent study in college I remember one specific discussion. The mom of a son with anaphylactic allergies said, “After a while, if he hasn’t had an allergy, I get a bit complacent because it seems so crazy that his allergies can be life-threatening when there hasn’t been a reaction. We haven’t had a reaction in a while, and I have to make sure that I am always aware, but when he hasn’t reacted in such a long time, I start to think that maybe he is outgrowing his allergies.”

What are your thoughts on this? I am curious to know if other parents can relate to this feeling! I look forward to your comments.

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