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Allergy Story Winner: When parenting becomes more than a full time job 

 October 13, 2014

By  Barbara Njuguna

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When my daughter was an infant, she got sick every time she had a formula. Doctors told us it wasn’t an allergy. Each ER visit, we got different excuses, so we kept changing the formula but always a milk-based one. Day after Christmas, I couldn’t wake my 13-month-old daughter up. She had a fever over 105 degrees. She was in the hospital for 4 days then discharged because her fever broke. The doctors were relieved when she is finally responding to medication. It took Tylenol and Motrin, 10mg each syringe, alternating about 5 or 6 times before she responded. We were very scared; no one knew if my daughter was going to be okay. Unfortunately, she went right back in less than a week. Finally, the doctors did an allergy blood work and saw she was allergic to milk.

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Fast forward a couple of years later, my daughter continued having allergic reactions once she began eating regular foods. Doctors didn’t know what was causing it since her symptoms were inconsistent. One occurrence was when my daughter was eating peanuts from a can; her hand turned red, and shortly after, her stomach was hurting. We gave her oral Benadryl, hydrocortisone, and medicine for her stomach.

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Due to this occurring too many times without a pattern, we didn’t really think anything of it. The second occurrence was in the morning; my daughter’s face was completely swollen. That was when my husband realized he had not given her peanut butter in two weeks; during those two weeks, her reactions were mild. We got her to the doctors, and they gave her steroids and a bunch of other medicines. The doctors were very surprised to see what she looked like. The doctor was very optimist told us exactly what steps to take and told us which doctors to take her to for further evaluations and tests. After the extensive allergy blood tests and skin tests, they found out she was allergic to eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, dogs, cats, and other environmental allergies. She has to take Zyrtec a day and uses a nebulizer.

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Isabella will be 9 years old next month. Two years ago, she began the food challenges starting with less severe food allergens. She has outgrown peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and shellfish, but she is still allergic to milk.

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Barbara Njuguna


Neurotically Nickely Challenged😫, food lover 🍱, social explorer🧘🏾‍♀️, & trying to navigate this adult life as nickel free as possible😓

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