When Cohen's peanut allergy was extinguished (is that the right word? I'm not sure), the allergy doctor told us his little brother would almost certainly need allergy testing when he was born. So, I brought him in for his first appointment today.
(chilling in the waiting room)
Will is almost 5 months old, and we have been letting him taste our food once in a while for the past few weeks. Last week I let him taste a smoothie that had peanut butter in it. And his face broke out in hives. So stressful!!! So today, when the nurse did the allergy testing, I wasn't surprised that one of the dots got really red and angry. So he is allergic to peanuts. Apparently younger siblings of allergic kids are 7 times more likely to have allergies.
I feel like I am learning more about allergies all the time. The doctor told me that dry skin is so so so bad for allergies. New studies show that if you keep your baby super moisturized, the allergies are on average 30% reduced. So crazy. So we are supposed to be coating Will in a moisturizer like Vaseline all the time, especially when he is eating, but actually all the time. And we have to keep him away from peanuts now so that he can start the allergy extinguishing process every two weeks for the next year or two or however long it takes. He has to get bloodwork next week to find out exactly how crazy the allergy is.
I feel like I am able to handle this so much better this time around. With Cohen, we just felt so strongly that there was something going on with him, and his physician kept telling us it was normal for a baby to have super red cheeks and dry skin. This time, we are starting much earlier with an allergist, which feels much better. Love this little guy.