….when allergy babe was a mere five month old.
Being breastfed exclusively, allergybabe seemed, from a very early stage, to be restless, irritable, not properly sleeping and waking up a lot at night, having rushes and a very bad case of craddle cap. He was vomiting after feeds and kept crying for hours without settling.
All symptoms that occasionally ocured in any baby at this stage, but to allergymummy, it was worrying. She knew something was wrong. She just could not figure it out yet. It was just a feeling, which turned out to be all too true.
Coming back to the five month old, a chubby and eager to discover the world kind of kid, seemed, as an explanation, not getting enough nutrition. One evening, he was formula fed. Allergymummy was hoping for a good night’s sleep for baby and herself, which she had not had for a long long time. From drinking a tiny bit of formula to coming up with the full clinical picture of a severe allergic reaction, it took not even a minute. Baby was screaming, breathing stertorously, his skin was covered in hives, all puffed up and red as a lobster. He also vomited and had diarrhoea. Mummy took allergybabe to the changing table and noticed, that her baby was not moving but laying on the table, all floppy and pale. His lips had turned blue.
At that point, allergymummy remembered that she also was a doctor and realised that her kid was suffering from anaphylaxis. It is one thing to have a patient in your emergency room, and another to see your own child suffering a severe and life threatening allergic reaction.
A blissfully ignorant emergency doctor, a horrible two hours at the emergency room (chubby baby and iv lines are not ment to be friends), a 24h stay at the hospital, a very helpful and supportive night nurse and a discharge letter with the suggestion to consult a specialist is all I can remember. Oh yes, someone suggested not to feed allergybabe formula anymore. Thanks. That was very helpful. May I suggest next time, you provide an epipen, better two epipens, an emergency plan and a test for allergies before discharging? We neither received a presription for antiallergic medication nor a proper test for confirmation of the diagnosis.
That is the beginning of allergybabe’s story. If you have a child with similar allergies, it will probably sound all too familiar. It is usually an anaphylactic reaction that leads to a diagnosis.
Looking back, I should have insisted on an allergy test right away (the excuse “he received steroids, it is no use to test him now” does not count, it needs more antiallergy medication over a longer period of time to completely fail the test), asked for proper medication and two epipens before leaving the hospital.