So the kid is allergic to egg whites.
I have always suspected that Ryan is allergic to something. He has asthma (maybe?) and ezcema (definitely) and those things go hand-in-hand with allergies. Plus there’s the constant congestion and the extreme sensitivity to all respiratory illnesses. (The most recent being croup, which is super fun. Also, it is not at all scary when a nurse tells you to sleep in your kid’s room to make sure he doesn’t stop breathing. But I digress.)
But eggs? Eggs are so good! Do you have any idea how many eggs I ate while I was pregnant?? Um, like a thousand. And I’m not even gonna tell you how many were of the “over easy” variety before it finally occured to me that “over easy” is the same thing as “raw.”
In hindsight, we should have figured out the egg allergy a lot sooner. Daycare once told us that the skin around his mouth turned pink the couple of times they attempted to feed him eggs (and I say “attempted,” cuz not only is he allergic, but he does not share my opinion that eggs are delicious. He thinks they’re disgusting).
Get those away from me. I am not even playin.
In our defense, Ryan’s skin is always turning red from something or other (hello, ezcema). And ok, so he once vomited three times after they tricked him into eating eggs at daycare… but… I don’t know, my kid pukes a lot. There have been 30 other vomiting incidents that didn’t involve eggs, so it wasn’t exactly the first logical conclusion.
But then we were trying once again to feed him eggs at home a couple weeks ago and I saw the redness appear around the mouth and we were days away from getting him a flu booster shot, which I had just read you should possibly avoid if the kid has an egg allergy, and something finally clicked. So we got him tested and here we are.
No biggie. It’s not like I’m allergic to Cheerios. THAT would be a problem.
So he goes to an allergist on Wednesday so we can get more information and can test him for a whole heap of other potential allergies. I am fairly confident he has some seasonal allergies and there’s a chance he’s battling a cat allergy (sometimes I think I’m allergic to her antics, too).
The good news is that the doctor is classifying it as a “mild” allergy, and my amazing Google skills uncovered that most kids outgrow such an allergy by the time they’re five. So we’ll just add it to the growing list of “Annoying-but-not-overly-serious ailments the kid must rise above.”