I Was A Skeptical Douchebag About Food Allergies, Until My Child Got Them
Before I had kids, I always heard so many stories about mass hysteria drama that ensued at elementary schools surrounding kids and food allergies. I had seen terrible, heartbreaking headlines about children that randomly died from allergic reactions.
It made me sad, but I was also skeptical. I put food allergies in the “getting struck by lightning” category. It sucked, but it would never happen to me. I’d never had an allergic reaction to anything in my life. Why did an entire school have to revolve around one child? It just didn’t make sense.
It’s embarrassing to admit this, but I was also skeptical about the hype of food allergies in general. It seemed like the buzz about food allergies was growing, along with annoying gluten-free parents that picked apart everything their child ate. (As an aside, I understand that some children have celiac disease, but there are also many parents that “go gluten-free” as a personal, non-medical choice.)
So, I was a jerk. I realized that food allergies were a bad and even fatal issue, but they seemed overblown. Some schools and daycares that requested that children not even eat or touch peanut butter around school hours to protect a child from a life-threatening allergy were taking it a little far.
When my first son was born, I was completely taken aback when he had chronic eczema that we just couldn’t shake. We tried a number of natural remedies, we did extensive research, and we ultimately found relief for him by visiting an allergist.
I had never even heard of eczema on a baby before, but his case was so bad that his skin broke and oozed in weeping patches. Funâ€”especially in the early stages when you hope to show your new baby off to all of your friends and family. To make matters worse, the eczema was hell for him and made him itchy and irritable whenever it flared up.