One of the many things I fear as a parent of a food allergic child, is curiosity getting my baby in serious trouble. I have always feared that even though he knows all the facts, and as much as he understands, that when left on his "own" he will give certain foods a try. I fear that he will get together with friends, and just try. I stress it so much, that will harm him if he even touches certain foods.
Well, that fear came very real the other day! We went to the farmers market earlier in the day, had bought some fresh local vegetables, fruits, and we got tempted to buying organic whole grain bread that our son is allergic to. Not the first time we had brought food our boy is allergic into our home. He knows what he can and can't have, and we usually put it out of his reach and if we eat it, it is when he is asleep or totally out of his reach. We are very careful with it, as it is basically "poison" to our son. We had just came in, and I had dropped on counter.
It wasn't long after we had returned back home, my son went to wash his hands after me, I exited to the bedroom to change. No big deal, normal, usual activity. I hear crumbling of paper in the other room, as I finished changing, I come into the kitchen to see my little boy with the long french bread in his hands out of the paper bag it was in..in his hands!!! My heart must have stopped right then and there for atleast a few seconds, I totally panicked. Ran, grabbed him, frantically washing his hands, checking him all over. Luckily he wasn't harmed, and not even a hive appeared. He didn't eat any of it, what I saw was what he had done. Pulled the bread out of its bag, and held it out of curiosity.
I gave him a long speech, telling him how serious it was that he never do that again. He even told me he touched the "allergy bread," which worries me more too. What if he now thinks that nothing will happen, because look how nothing happened.
It was total panic mode for a while, so to make up for it, we made apple pie together that evening. I wanted to make him that "exact" same bread that he can have, but unfortunately still haven't found a good bread recipe, and have never made "real" bread before. I have made many versions of bread myself. It was our first time baking apple pie, and his first time ever having. Unfortunately we had no patience, and didn't let the pie cool enough before picking at it, which made my son decide that he doesn't like apple pie because it is too crumbly! Once it was cooled completely, it was really very good, but he didn't want to try it. We will try again soon.
So it is very real, and scary when what he needs to stay away from will always be available and around him. Everywhere we go, anyone we spend time with, eventually eats something they are raving about, that he can't have. Saddens me that my son can't have it all, and scares me that it can harm him.
In the meantime, I am keeping a close eye on everything near him, telling him more about his allergies, and creating all that I can to make sure he doesn't feel left out.