Sometimes life just isn’t exciting enough for Baby H, so he likes to throw in a crazy surprise for us. Enter – Baby’s first visit to the ER!
We had a really great day, it was also baby’s first trip into the city for brunch. Not just any brunch, it was easily the best brunch Mom and Dad have EVER had. Honest to God. Brunch at Mooo is the best food ever, I can’t believe I haven’t told the world yet. We ate pretty much everything on the menu with Abe’s sister and brother-in-law who were just in town for a wedding. Little H, even sat in a high chair for the very first time on his own. He’s a little small for it, but I was just amazed that he fit as well as he did. He’s such a big boy.
After brunch, we went to the grocery store and did all sorts of average stuff. Around 5pm, I gave him his “dinner” which is just 1 serving of baby food with a little oatmeal cereal mixed in. I typically use a pouch food when I’m too lazy to defrost one of the baby food cubes that I made and put in the freezer. The pouch was the second half of a new one by a brand that we’ve never used before. The first half was given to him the day before. It was carrot, sweet potato and brown rice. He ate about half of the pouch, and then we went about our business with tubby time and playing like we always do. I gave him a bottle and put him to bed at 7:30pm, like always.
Sometime close to 8pm he woke up screaming. It would be normal for him to wake up much later than that but for him to wake up so soon after being asleep is very out of the ordinary, and he was really really upset. Abe went upstairs and called me up. We thought his teeth were bothering him, so I rubbed some Oragel on his teeth. He was giving Abe a hard time, so I took him over, and about 5 seconds after the transfer from one person to the other he just blew like volcano. It was vomiting like we’ve never seen before, and being a reflux baby, we’ve seen a lot of that! It was like: 3 seconds of heaving, breath, 3 seconds of heaving, breath, for like a long time (and OMG it was bright orange all over a light tan carpet!). I don’t even know how that much liquid was in his belly. Sometime while this was happening, I grabbed his bath towel that hangs on his closet door knob, and that caught most of it. Someone switched on the light, and then we saw that he was very bright pink/red and looked a little swollen. I had to strip off his clothing because he puked all over himself, and that’s when we saw that his whole body was really bright pink/red and hivey. We took his rectal temp (normal), thought about calling the doctor, but then just decided to bring him to the ER. A doctor would have to be paged, and then we’d have to wait for a call back, so it was better just to go in.
We drove the speed of light to the hospital, which is luckily only 15 minutes away. They took him in right away and I feel very lucky that the doctor that saw us was the mother of a child with very serious food allergies, so she knew both how to treat H and also gave insight on how we should proceed with his treatment and his lifestyle. He got Benadryl and Prednisone… and like 8 nurses that came in to see the cute baby. They observed him for a couple of hours and then we were home around midnight. H didn’t sleep too much after that.
What was it? It turns out that the pouch of “Carrot, sweet potato, and brown rice” had milk in it. It’s my fault for not reading the label more closely. These pouches had been going so well, that I dropped my guard… but really, why would they put milk in that?! The doctor also thought it was possible that it was manufactured in a facility that also processes nuts. The back of the pouch didn’t say either way (Thank God his school is Nut Free!). The first time a child is exposed to something they are allergic to, they don’t usually have a reaction which is why H didn’t react the day before. The second time is when things get real. Allergic reactions can sometimes get more severe as children are exposed to the allergen. Just in case, little H now has an Epipen.
It’s really hard for me to believe that this serious of a reaction happened. I had plenty of suspicions, and I knew that he had Something due to his severe eczema when he was younger and I was breast-feeding. Tomorrow we go to the pediatrician for a follow-up, but I’m sure it’s going to be a short appointment. There’s not too much we can do at this age. Around 1 year is when we can really dig in there and figure out what is going on with an Allergist. I feel so bad that this happened, even though I know it would have eventually occurred. The pediatrician’s plan was to expose him to dairy around 9 months anyhow.
He bounced right back. I felt so bad that I bought him this chair today at Costco. He was unimpressed.
Anyhow, this baby can now only eat food that I make for him!