Monday, August 2, 2010

Allergic Reactions and York Peppermint Pattys...

Our sweet Ellie has been blessed on this earth with food allergies.  One of them being egg.  For a long time we held the hope that this allergy would go away.  I just thought if I wanted it bad enough that it would happen.  Well, it didn't happen and probably won't.  Most days I don't even think about our kids allergies.  It is so in-tuned to who I am that I don't even have to think about it.  Yesterday however was a different story.  I had gotten some candy from a sweet friend of mine and during quiet time yesterday Ellie asked if she could have some.  I of course looked through this candy and ASSUMED that everything was fine.  Well, you know how the old saying goes??  I gave Ellie a York Peppermint patty.  Something that I thought I had given her before.  Shortly after eating it, Ellie started to say her belly really hurt.  A little while later she was on her bed doubled over in pain, while certain parts of her face were swelling, her throat was itchy and she started to wheeze!  YES, this all happened to us.  The trained allergy professionals.  I immediately thought through everything she had eaten because I knew she was having an allergic reaction.  The only thing that came to mind was this York Peppermint Patty.  The wrapper was not labeled and so I went to the website and found yet another road block because Hershey's feels that it is not SMART to post their ingredients on-line because they can change(in other words, they don't want to be legally responsible if they do change them and forget to change the website).  Finally after searching for what felt like forever I found a blogger who wrote out the entire York Peppermint Patty recipe on their blog.  What did I find?  EGG WHITES!  There were egg whites in the patty itself.  I felt horrible.  I gave my beautiful baby girl something and she suffered for it all afternoon.  She was so miserable. Moroni and I have never seen her have a reaction like this.  Her eyes are still a little swollen today.  The only bonus to all of it was the fact that she got to watch two Barbie movies.  Normally she doesn't get to watch anything like that on a Sunday, so that really did help with the sickness:).

We are just so grateful that she is okay and that I am again reminded that we can never assume anything when it comes to food allergies.  I am grateful that Heavenly Father reminds me of these lessons, when they are with me and not at school or a friends house!! 

So to all the parents out there that feel like they have ever mad a dumb move when it comes to their kids...I am right there with you!


  1. How scarey for you all. I hope that she is feeling much better today. Don't beat yourself up about it. You are an awesome mom and an amazing woman!

  2. Poor Ellie. And poor you! I'm sure you were in as much pain as she was or more. It was an honest mistake. I hope she is feeling better today!

  3. Oh Deb! So scary but we're human and we make mistakes. Hershey should have that info readily available though. Hope today is a better day for you all!

  4. Oh my gosh, Deb. I am fairly certain I would have run screaming to the ER with the type of reaction you are describing. How awful and scary. Poor, poor Ellie. Tell her we're thinking of her and hope she's feeling all better.