Lucky for me I found out that my son had a peanut allergy before he had any kind of allergic reaction (thank goodness)
My husband has a severe allergy to all nuts and when my pediatrician told me to have my son try peanut butter, my husband decided he wasn’t comfortable with it and good thing. I asked if we could see a pediatric allergist before trying it for comfort reasons and he gladly referred me to someone. We went to see her when Frankie was about 6 months and she did some tests on him and it came back positive for being allergic to peanuts. We were asked to come back in 6 months when he was 1 and do it again, so we did and again it came back with the same results, so officially Frankie has a peanut allergy.
I am very careful about his allergy, always looking at ingredients in foods and such but what I can’t control is what other children are eating for meals and snacks at playdates. I, of course, started Googling allergy awareness products and found a great product and noticed instantly that they had the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) stamp of approval and immediately bought a few of them. They are bright, made out of silicone and just very cute looking. I know “cute” isn’t what I was going for, but when the kids are older and have to wear them, it looks as if they were designed so that a child wouldn’t mind wearing them. I also really love that a mother designed these bracelets – good for her!!!
Frankie is only 1.5 and wont keep the bracelet on, however, I have attached one to his backpack and one to his lunch bag so that it isn’t missed by others when he is at a playdate.
The Allermates wristbands have the following allergies: Peanut, Egg, Tree Nuts, Dairy, Shellfish, Penicillin, Wheat/Gluten, Fish, Soy, Insect Sting, Latex, Pollen, Sesame, Cat
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