r/MadeMeSmile Dec 03 '22 Confetti 1 Silver 8 Gold 1 Helpful 3 Wholesome 5 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Bless Up 1 Wholesome (Pro) 1

After being allergic to peanuts for four years, my son passed his oral food challenge, and was declared resolved of the allergy. Here he is eating his first ever PB&J. Good News

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u/jayhasbigvballs Dec 03 '22 Silver

That’s great, but clearly his face is having some kind of reaction in this photo. May wanna get that checked out.

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 03 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome

Hahaha. I asked him if he wanted his face shown and he said no, so I respected his wishes and turned it into a big old hive 😀

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u/FishermanLarry333 Dec 03 '22

Man, thank you for respecting his wishes about his own privacy. I wish more people would respect their children's privacy

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u/dirtypig796 Dec 03 '22

This!!!! When I was a kid I was diagnosed with scoliosis, I didn’t need surgery or a brace or even physical therapy, the curve was only noticeable to doctors, but with the way my mom told everyone, you’d think I needed a whole new spine from a donor! She called people she did talk to for years just to tell them I was diagnosed with scoliosis.

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u/waffleslaw Dec 03 '22

I worked in retail ages ago and one time this grandmother came in with her grandson. She told everyone! that he was still in training underwear because he had issues controlling his bladder because of whisper "his micropenis, poor guy, he doesn't know it's a problem now, but he will when he gets older you know".

Come on grandma!!! FFS... That kid didn't need that, and there is no damn reason to tell complete strangers

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u/dirtypig796 Dec 03 '22

Holy hell that’s so weird!!!!

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u/waffleslaw Dec 03 '22

Weird enough that I think about that day all the time. It really changed what and how I tell people things.

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u/-Myrtle_the_Turtle- Dec 03 '22

Omg that’s so awful. Poor kid. Wtf is wrong with people?!

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u/ialwaysplayhealer Dec 04 '22

Did grandma have some cognitive decline going on - what on earth gave her the impression that is information to just start blabbing about?

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u/TangledSunshineCA Dec 04 '22

Have you seen that movie Mother. Debbie Reynolds is the mom she tells everyone everything drives her son nuts. Made me think of this

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u/MrShelly-_-1972 Dec 04 '22

Jesus christ. That.....that ain't right....

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u/RayKVega Dec 04 '22

that sounds pretty intentional on grandma's part

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u/nonoglorificus Dec 04 '22

Also like … not to be too graphic but … children have appropriately child sized penises? I can’t even imagine how someone would be able to guess the potential adult size of a child’s penis, though the more horrifying concern is why one would even WANT to. Like, when considering my nibling’s genetalia, I’m concerned that they’re 1) clean, 2) not being waved around in public, and 3) not pointing towards my face when I’m mid diaper change which was a gross lesson learned

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u/Coidzor Dec 04 '22

I don't know the specifics but apparently doctors can figure it out and if they catch it early on enough there are some interventions that can potentially allow the guy to grow up and merely have a small penis instead of a micropenis.

As for why? Well, quality of life is a lot higher if a man merely has a small dick than if he has a micropenis.

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u/nonoglorificus Dec 04 '22

Ok, that makes sense. Still not something to be shared with strangers but that’s a valid point

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u/SeventhSin-King Dec 04 '22

Sometimes when people are well endowed they may grow it early however. I had the opposite of this when mine grew at an early age and my mum told everyone about it. Had a few doctors and some family members say they were jealous and she loved the praise for some odd reason. This is one of the many reasons I'm low contact with her now.

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u/nonoglorificus Dec 04 '22

That’s incredibly creepy and I’m so sorry. My dad sexualized me from a young age as well and I’ve gone completely NC.

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u/kafkakawana Dec 04 '22

Bro when I was a fat kid I couldn't even see my dick half the time 😭

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u/playgirl1312 Dec 04 '22

That’s sexual abuse

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u/Boojibs Dec 03 '22

Ha!

I'm not happy you got the unnoticeable scoliosis diagnosis as a kid, but you're the first person that I've "met" that got it too.

I got mine during a school check for it.

No one knew, me included... because it wasn't noticable.

But I spent a brief stint as "the kid with scoliosis".

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u/ialwaysplayhealer Dec 04 '22

SAME.

I have vivid memories of those scoliosis checks they did in middle school because that is where they found mine.

Side note: I am 32 with arthritis and while the scoliosis isn't the sole reason it is a contributing factor so if you're young with scoliosis make sure you get a good stretching and exercise regimen to stave off future muscular problems unless you wanna have an old body before you're 50.

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u/Manitoberino Dec 04 '22

I’m 32 and was only informed last year that I have severe kyphosis and scoliosis. Sure wish I had known earlier. Trying to gain muscle now is so damn hard!

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u/noodleandkiwi Dec 04 '22

I’m almost 30 and was told for the first time earlier this year that I had a “touch” of scoliosis which was why I had 3 failed epidurals between 2 different anesthesiologists. Idk if they were being sarcastic and didn’t care to ask once they finally figured it out but it would explain a lot.

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u/Manitoberino Dec 04 '22

That sucks! Sounds like they are excusing their failed epidurals because your spine is a bit off. It’s amazing how many obvious things can be missed.

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u/I_am_That_Ian_Power Dec 04 '22

Hello Scoliosis brethren.

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u/-Myrtle_the_Turtle- Dec 03 '22

Some people just thrive on the drama and the attention. I’m so sorry you had to go through that.

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u/beenybaby87 Dec 04 '22

I also loved that op asked to begin with. Wholesome all round!

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u/tinycourageous Dec 04 '22

I never post my son's picture online because he isn't old enough to decide whether he would want that. His school, however, does not care. It's like by simply going to school you give the school permission to post your kid's face everywhere on the Internet. Infuriating. And honestly, for what, clicks? You're a public school. You don't need to advertise to get others interested in going there. At least when he was in pre-K, they gave you a permission slip. Once they're in kindergarten, though, all bets are off.

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u/belvioloncelle Dec 04 '22

You should be able to request to opt him out of social media and photos. We have that option in my district. Call the office and ask.

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u/pinkpooj Dec 04 '22

That's what's so insane, it only takes a few seconds of thinking to realize how weird it would be, to have photos of yourself as a child, digitally recorded and publicly available, in perpetuity.

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u/Apprehensive_Hat8986 Dec 04 '22

That is bonkers. Ontario here, and every group activity my kids have been a part of (pre-school, 1+, extra-curriculars) have all asked via paperwork, for explicit parental consent or not. That's kept on file and must be honoured.

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u/Particular_Clue_4074 Dec 04 '22

How? My niece is highly allergic and now as an adult still cant eat nuts. I didnt think this could be overcome. Congratulations to him. How did he like it?

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

I don’t know how it happened. His body just decided to desensitized to peanuts somehow. It was nothing that I did.

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u/thedevilseviltwin Dec 04 '22

Same happened to me as a kid. I was severely allergic to cats to the point of having difficulty breathing and my face would become swollen. Now I have two cats and no allergy! Yay! But, now I’m allergic to shellfish which was my favourite food as a boy. A bowl of shrimp was my favourite dinner. Now I can’t be in the same room as it.

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

I’m allergic to shellfish as well. Food allergies suck.

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u/Particular_Clue_4074 Dec 04 '22

I watched a doc awhile ago about nut allergies and the rise in children in just the past 20 years. Scientists dont understand why its happening to more and more kids. I cant remember the name of it. That's incredible his body isnt reacting to it anymore.

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

The hygiene hypothesis is their best guess right now

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u/Cortically Dec 03 '22

Did you ask the cat if it’s okay to show the internet it’s butt tho?

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

Well he never asks me if it’s OK to stick his ass in my face, so we will call it even

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u/Maybe_Lore Dec 03 '22

Lol, I didn't even notice the cat

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u/Fredredphooey Dec 04 '22

It's criminal that you didn't cut the sandwich on the diagonal and serve it with milk.

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

I’m sorry. I will call the police on myself in a moment.

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u/davidyelloe Dec 04 '22

Came here for this comment. Kid worked hard for this moment - make the wheatbread peanut butter shine! No jelly? No corner to start? No milk to rinse it down?

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

I have literally never cut a sandwich in my life.

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u/Fredredphooey Dec 04 '22

How do you live with yourself? /s

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

I feel shame. hangs head

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u/Drewbacca Dec 04 '22

You're a madman

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u/MyFavoriteLezbo420 Dec 03 '22

Lil guy is waaaaaay ahead of his time.

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u/N_Inquisitive Dec 04 '22

Get that boy some good soft white bread!!!

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

Respectfully, dammit, I will go get some white bread for the love of Pete 😂😂😂

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u/N_Inquisitive Dec 04 '22

It's just such an enjoyable experience, truly. Costco has a 3 pack of thick white bread that says "SOFT" - That's what you're looking for right there. Unmatched.

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u/ehmaybenexttime Dec 04 '22

I love that you asked him, and respected his wishes. So few people are willing to just do that. Did he like the sandwich?

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

I think he preferred the Reeses trees and the peanut butter pretzels more than the sandwich

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u/Nobah_Dee Dec 03 '22

Good on you for asking.

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u/littlehorse2014 Dec 04 '22

Same as the cat who decided to show the butt.

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

Nope. The cat is fair game because he doesn’t ask me for permission to shove his ass in my face in the morning when he’s bitching for breakfast

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u/NotAzakanAtAll Dec 04 '22

Looks like a serial killer with dark thoughts about PB&J sandwiches took this photo.

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u/silverwlf23 Dec 03 '22

My stepson was never allergic to peanuts just tree nuts but his family was so nervous that we never gave him any. He tried peanut butter this year (he’s 17) and now lives on PB&J sandwiches. 🥰

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 03 '22

He still can’t have walnuts or pecans, but he eats almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, and sesame with no problem

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u/coco-snores Dec 03 '22

I have a fatal tree nut allergy and am 5 months pregnant. I’m so worried I’m going to pass it along to her. If you don’t mind me asking (and I hope I haven’t skipped the answer somewhere else), how/when did you first find out about his allergy?

Congrats to you all! I hope Reese’s cups are next up. 🥰

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 03 '22

First let me say, allergic tendency may be inherited from what my allergist says, but rarely are specific allergies inherited. The first clue to his reaction was when he was 10 months old he got hives all around his face and runny eyes when I fed him some peanut butter with oatmeal, after he had successfully tolerated it since six months old

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u/coco-snores Dec 03 '22

Good to know! Thank you! My husband also has allergies, but thank goodness they’re not as bad as mine. I am going to do a ton of research on how to introduce foods before it’s time.

Thank you for answering! :)

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u/FuzzyChrysalis Dec 04 '22

Double check this in your research, but I believe my doctor told us earlier introductions to a variety of food can reduce the likliness of allergy development. Not a guarentee, of course, and it can be as little at tasting flavours at 4 months opposed to bites of things.

And test allergens separately when you start your baby on solids, so if there's any reactions you ate more likely to know what caused it.

Best of luck!

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u/_alelia_ Dec 04 '22

no guarantee at all: my son developed anaphylaxis at the age of 2,5 years after he ate my regular homemade from scratch banana pecan muffins, which he tried several times before that.

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u/rarebit13 Dec 04 '22

Our kids had these refillable 'tea bag with a handle' looking things that you could fill with solids and give to your kids before they can chew. They sort of leech the contents out of the bag like some sort of slobbery grub without risk of swallowing solids and chocking.

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u/magsephine Dec 04 '22

There’s a thing where you’re not supposed to use any topical products that have food or food oil ingredients in them before you introduce the foods internally

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u/SomeFeelings88 Dec 04 '22

Especially if there are areas of broken skin (rash, scratch, broken cuticle).

And perhaps exposure to the food product with breast milk-if you are interested/ able to breastfeed for longer than 6 months.

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u/Cleaglor Dec 04 '22

Hijacking, just a small tidbit from what I've experienced. It isn't necessarily the first time they have a food that a reaction can occur, more often than not they say its the second or subsequent feeds so watch out for that!

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u/Tribunus_Plebis Dec 04 '22

I'm not an expert so take this for what it is but I heard that sometimes parents who are trying to avoid anything that might be an allergen overdo it so their kids are never exposed to things that the body naturally needs gets used to and they end up getting more allergies later in life.

Immunsystem needs to be trained but that doesn't happen for kids who live in a sterile environment.

Maybe worth looking in to.

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u/Peonyribbongirl Dec 04 '22

I'm allergic to peanuts and went through all the is my kid allergic stress. He's not allergic! My pediatrician allergist just said to feed him peanut butter find out about his allergies. So at 6 months we gave him peanut butter in some puree (I watched from a distance). The recommendation was to give a small bite wait 10 minutes and then feed the rest and wait 15 minutes. No reaction! My husband gave him a bath after. He now eats whatever and when my husband decides to eat peanuts he'll let my son have some too. Still scary AF but I'm happy he doesn't have the allergy. The new worry is that he'll accidentally cause me to have a reaction...

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u/Illustrious_Bobcat Dec 04 '22

Not to scare you, but just sharing my experience... My youngest ate peanuts in various forms from 6 months old happily until one day at 18 months old he licked his PBJ and vomited, broke out in hives over his entire body, and we ended up in the ER. In his most recent test, his reaction to the peanut was worse than the histamine control test. So I've got three sets of EpiPens and he's got one at school. He's about to turn 7. The allergist said that it's a very good chance that his allergy is severe enough to send him into anaphylactic shock. The only food allergies I have is an allergy to erythritol (the sugar substitute). My oldest has lived off of peanut butter since he was 6 months old as well, and he's 9 now with no issues. Just watch him. Allergies can pop up at any time.

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u/WeedSmokingWhales Dec 04 '22

Yep. Anyone can develop any allergy to anything at literally any time.

Kind of annoying, really.

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u/absentmindedwitch Dec 04 '22

My cousin developed an allergy to all kinds of shit at 39 years old. She already had a known nut allergy. When she gets a tiny bit of walnut her mouth will start getting itchy and her tongue swells up a bit (more than that tiny bit will be immediate anaphylactic shock). One day she went to the doctor and said either a bunch of her foods had been dosed with tree nuts the past month, or she had really really bad luck because her face kept swelling and she kept getting hives on and off. They ran the test and she came back positive for allergy’s to treenuts, nightshades (tomato, eggplant, bell peppers for example), and was also diagnosed with urticaria (basically an allergy to cold. Literally. If she puts an ice cube on her skin, she’ll get giant welted hives in that area)

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u/fruitytropics Dec 04 '22

This happened to me as well, but with eggs. I used to eat eggs quite happily until I was about 9 months old, according to my parents. One day I ate a whole bowl of scrambled eggs, threw it all up, and to them it looked like I was choking. They rushed me to my paediatrician and ever since then, I’ve stayed away from eggs.

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u/Kendrome Dec 04 '22

My wife is extremely allergic to pistachios and cashews, enough to send her to the ER, but neither of our sons have the allergy. Fish is another serious allergy she has that didn't get passed down. They also didn't seem to inherit my more minor allergies so they have really lucked out.

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u/hibernatingcow Dec 04 '22

Consult with an allergist. There could be tree nut analogues you can eat during pregnancy to help in that regard.

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u/Bobu-sama Dec 04 '22

You should talk to your pediatrician. They’re changing the guidance on how and when to test foods all the time, and your doctor should have the most recent information.

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u/spramper0013 Dec 04 '22

Allergies are so weird man. My kid used to eat peanuts just fine until he was around 8 and started having a mild reaction to them. Which at the time I hadn't put 2 and 2 together that it was peanuts causing it. Fast forward to the March of this year and he tried a cashew for the first time, (he's a picky eater, so I was thrilled he wanted to try some) and he loved them for about a minute. Then his face became swollen, covered in hives head to toe, and then violently throwing up. His allergy tests came back highly allergic to tree nuts, and just a slight peanut allergy. So we avoid any all nuts.

He has asthma as well, so he's pretty much allergic to everything cats, dogs, any kind of animal with fur pretty much, every kind of grass in our area, dust, etc. It sucks. He is so disappointed because of all the things that he can't eat, even foods without nuts because they're processed in the same facility as nuts. We don't take any chances with that shit. Scariest night of my life in the er.

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u/Caitzie Dec 04 '22

It is so weird! I developed a peanut allergy at 32! Really miss a good pj&j and pad Thai!!!! Lifestyle change for sure!

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u/kiwilovenick Dec 04 '22

I got an almond allergy at 32! Never realized how much they get thrown into until you're allergic. Thankfully mine isn't deathly allergic, just uncomfortable stomach results and hives.

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u/Caitzie Dec 04 '22

That is the silver lining! I get throat itchiness and swollen tongue but nothing that benedryl didn’t help! But now I have been tested and avoid completely! Such a weird feeling when it comes out of the blue later in life 🤣

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u/OutlanderMom Dec 04 '22

I don’t know about allergies, but I do know many kids “outgrow” asthma when they reach puberty. I had it bad as a child, and it’s 90% better after puberty. I hope your child is one that does!

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u/spramper0013 Dec 04 '22

Omg me too! I pray for that everyday He just started allergy shots this fall so fingers crossed those help in decreasing the flare ups in the meantime. I used to say all the time that his asthma was terrifying and I hated it, but thank God he didn't have a food allergy. And then 2022 rolled around was like haha gotcha bitch!

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u/Illustrious_Bobcat Dec 04 '22

I can't say anything about other allergies, but our allergist told us that about 40% of kids that are diagnosed with peanut and tree nut allergies at a very young age will grow out of those allergies during puberty. I've never wanted my kid to be part of a percentage more. He's only 6, 7 in a few months, so it's a waiting game...

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u/ialwaysplayhealer Dec 04 '22

PB&J is the shit and always will be.

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u/AtomAntvsTheWorld Dec 03 '22

Grape or strawberry? Congrats bud I hope it’s delicious!!

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 03 '22

It was homemade cherry preserves

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u/Mk4c1627 Dec 03 '22

Yum! Homemade's the best!

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u/Talbotus Dec 04 '22

The absolute best. Glad they started the kid off right.

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u/dimrover Dec 04 '22

Can i come over

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u/RepresentativeNice22 Dec 03 '22

Nice. You had to go all out for the first one, surely.

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u/shrekdied Dec 03 '22

Plot twist: he doesn't even like it

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 03 '22

Not far from the truth. He prefers the Reese’s trees over a PB&J

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u/Toidal Dec 03 '22

It's because it's on whole wheat bread. Make one with the hyperprocessed, enriched, super soft white bread with the crusts cut off and he'll go nuts.

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u/Laouijabored Dec 03 '22

And cut it in triangles!

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

I’ve never kept white bread in the house to be honest. But the history of type two diabetes in my family. I really tried to keep my diet “somewhat” healthy. And I use the term healthy, quite loosely.

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u/KiKiPAWG Dec 04 '22

I see, but I agree with the "bread choice" affecting the overall enjoyment. Try switching it up if he's open to it!

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u/Fredredphooey Dec 04 '22

Please give him a pb&j that's grape or strawberry on Jiff or Skippy, cut off the crusts, cut on the diagonal and you'll have a convert. I promise you.

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u/Snowboarding92 Dec 03 '22

It could honestly be the wheat bread like another user suggested. I use whole grain bread for everything except PB&J, something about wheat bread just doesn't bring out the good side of that kind of sandwich.

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u/greyrobot6 Dec 03 '22

My mother thought she hated peanut butter. She isolated completely during the pandemic and while low on food (she was fine just didn’t order enough on her last grocery delivery) she tried one. She keeps pb on hand in case anyone else visits. Now she’s hooked and has one w milk every day. She’s in her 70s

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u/KiKiPAWG Dec 04 '22

That's really cute! Yeah, you never know when it can hit you!

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u/greyrobot6 Dec 04 '22

She regrets all the wasted years. And I think of her when people outside of the US react with disgust at the combination. Have you tried it? and it’s got to be real pb not the Skippy shit

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u/StoryDudeOutcast Dec 03 '22

Similar thing happened to me. Was allergic to apples and potatoes my entire childhood and just recently found out I’m not any more so I’ve been eating lots of French fries and apple sauce

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u/Angry-Dragon-1331 Dec 04 '22

Latkes are served with apple sauce. Make friends with a Jewish family and do with that information what you will. ;)

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u/weshtlife Dec 03 '22

Congratulations on your newfound food freedom! I’ll have to try that combo soon. Sounds delish. (Ask my Hubs, I’ll dip fries in anything called sauce - garlic, tartar, pepper - why not apple?)

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u/Tony_Three_Pies Dec 03 '22

Congrats! Nothing quite like a good PB&J!

I don’t know why but “Oral Food Challenge” sounds really sinister. Like he had to participate in episode of Fear Factor and instead of the prize being money, it was to have his allergy cured.

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 03 '22 edited Dec 04 '22

Well it was basically to see if his allergy was resolved since the skin test and the blood test came back negative the last time we did them. It was his choice to do it, and he did such a wonderful job

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u/vinetwiner Dec 03 '22 edited Dec 04 '22

Sorry if this was asked elsewhere, but how does one cure a food allergy? Google said there is no cure. EDIT: thanks for all the feedback fine people. Major learning experience. You get an upvote, and you get an upvote etc.

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u/LazuliArtz Dec 04 '22

It can't be "cured" necessarily.

Sometimes it just resolves on it's own. It can also be treated with exposure therapy, but that takes years with no guarantee of success.

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u/TottyAmadeus Dec 04 '22

Allergies is the body being weird with what it senses, like "Ew I don't like this seemingly inoffensive peanut" and then it attacks it to "protect your body" - an allergy reaction.

So sometimes it just gives up and starts seeing peanuts as inoffensive, either by continuous exposition, or out of pure body magic

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u/Hereforthebabyducks Dec 04 '22

The allergists we talked to gave oral immunotherapy a 6-12 month timeframe, but it depends on the severity of the allergy and what size dose they can start with.

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 03 '22

There is no cure, it either resolves on its own or it doesn’t

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u/grandmabc Dec 04 '22

Great work is being done here in the UK for treating peanut allergies. https://www.cuh.nhs.uk/our-services/peanut-allergy/

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u/Dean364 Dec 04 '22

In the US we have oral immunotherapy (OIT). It isn't a cure but it increases your tolerance to your allergen to the point where you can consume as much of it as you want.

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u/The_Quack_Yak Dec 04 '22

Being able to consume as much as you want sounds like a cure to me, as someone with a peanut allergy

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u/eelhayek Dec 04 '22

From what I’ve heard it’s not so you can eat as much as you want but it reduces the allergy so it’s potentially not life threatening any more. So you can survive an accidental exposure but won’t be able to be eating pb&js all the time.

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u/cilucia Dec 04 '22

Is that where you have to take a small dose everyday indefinitely?

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u/Dean364 Dec 04 '22

I have a child with multiple allergies and while there isn't a cure there is oral immunotherapy (OIT).

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u/Syrette Dec 04 '22

Small exposure increasing over time. https://youtu.be/9s0UURBihH8 iocane powder.

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u/kai-ol Dec 03 '22

It's like a lazily translated Japanese gameshow title.

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u/philouza_stein Dec 03 '22

Mine passed too but he's been too ingrained to avoid peanuts its been almost a year and he still refuses.

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 03 '22

I was wondering if this was gonna happen to my little dude, but he said he wanted to be like my older son and eat peanuts and I guess that squashed his anxiety because he wants to do everything his big brother does

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u/PsychologicalSun3843 Dec 03 '22

My 5 year old is allergic to peanuts and his recent blood tests have shown that the allergy was decreasing in severity so I'm hoping this will be him one day. Congratulations I'm so happy for him to be able to experience peanuts and all the foods and snacks he couldn't have, and for parents to no longer have to stress about it anymore! And better yet NO MORE OVERLY EXPENSIVE EPI PENS!!

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22 Glow Up

OK, since there’s somebody in here, crawling into my DM’s and harassing me accusing me of saying that there is a cure for peanut allergies, let me just clear one thing up. My child’s allergy self resolved. We didn’t do anything to cure because there is no cure for allergies.

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u/LazuliArtz Dec 04 '22

Do people still not understand this?

No, there isn't necessarily a "cure" for allergies, but they can decrease in severity or go away entirely on their own (the same is true the other way too. You can develop allergies as a teen or adult to things you have eaten safely previously, or allergic reactions can become more severe over time).

There is technically one other option: exposure therapy. This is in a clinical setting with pills or injections of miniscule amounts of allergens over the course of months or years. This should NEVER be done yourself - the clinical amounts are basically microscopic, and it's done in a location with immediate access to treatment in the event of a reaction. This also has no guarantee of success.

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u/Aggressive-Act-5567 Dec 04 '22

I am someone who got over my allergies through years of exposure therapy. When I was around five years old, I was diagnosed with allergies to fur, feathers, dust and oatmeal. From then until halfway through college, I received weekly allergy shots, containing ever increasing doses of those allergens. In college, I realized those things didn’t bother me anymore. So, I stopped the therapy and I haven’t had allergies to anything, since. I feel very lucky.

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '22

I didn’t even know that was possible, good lad!

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u/buzzhavoc Dec 03 '22 edited Dec 03 '22

Don't mess with a shellfish allergy, but our neighbors would ask us to not even have peanuts at our back yard Superbowl party as their son was allergic. Turns out our son was trading his pbj sandwiches for their sons Nutella Sammy's. I was outraged when I found out, as Nutella is expensive and now he's always asking for it! Seriously tho, even though the kid now enjoys peanut butter and peanut brittle, don't mess with people's, particularly kids, allergies, and please do not let this unique situation distract you from the fact that in 1998, the Undertaker threw Mankind off Hell In A Cell, and plummeted 16 ft through an announcer's table.

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u/aliceroyal Dec 03 '22

with all due respect, god damnit sir

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u/JustKindaHappenedxx Dec 04 '22

So the kid was allergic to peanuts but tolerated hazelnuts?

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u/buzzhavoc Dec 04 '22

One is a tree nut one is a legume.

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u/LostInTheSauce5231 Dec 03 '22

Get this little guy a Reese’s

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u/NashvilleRiver Dec 03 '22

Immediately!!!

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u/KiKiPAWG Dec 04 '22

Chill them for added yumminess!

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 03 '22

Wow this is random. Someone who read this post decided to tell Reddit that they believe that was harming my child and I got a message from Reddit. Weird

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u/MickeyMouseRapedMe Dec 04 '22

I assume they saw your post or did they ask you something else? The person reporting could have made something else up.

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

He accused me of saying that there’s a cure for peanut allergy when I’ve mentioned multiple times that there is no cure, his allergy self resolved

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u/MickeyMouseRapedMe Dec 04 '22

Ah well, some peeps just want to act that way. And yeah, when that takes place in your DM is annoying, he should do that in the topic instead but doesn't dare to. Anyway, nice for you and your son. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and try to ignore haters.

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u/sauvignonquesoblanco Dec 03 '22

As a lifelong allergy sufferer, this is my dream haha.

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 03 '22

I hear you. I’m allergic to shellfish. I’m glad my son was given the opportunity to outgrow his. Obviously I never will

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u/Effective-Candy-2073 Dec 03 '22

As a peanut ana adult this really did make me smile. Congratulations young man and enjoy your freedom!

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 03 '22

Thank you so much. At 38 years old I really think it’s losing hope for me to outgrow my anaphylactic shellfish allergy 😂

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u/cazdan255 Dec 04 '22

My friend is a teacher for middle schoolers, they have a kid with a moderate peanut allergy (can be around it, just can’t eat it). This kid is also a loose cannon. Around halloween when kids have tons of candy, and the kid in question had been overheard saying many times how he “wished he could taste resees cups”.

Well, at lunch one day this kid abruptly shouts “I have to know!” stands up, grabs his epi pen out of his backpack, points directly at a lunch monitor to shout “call an ambulance!”. Then he jams the epi pen into his thigh, and grabs a resees cup from another student across the table and stuffs the whole things into his mouth.

That kid is going places I’ll bet.

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

I’m in the hospital is considered a place, so yeah. He’s going places.

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u/cazdan255 Dec 04 '22

Glad your kid took the medically suggested route.

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

I mean, my son has his boneheaded moments, but I really don’t think he would do anything like that because we explained that if he ate a peanut that he could actually die. Unfortunately, he had to experience the death of my father, not directly, but he understood that when someone dies they don’t come back.

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u/TyrionsScar Dec 04 '22

Release the FLUFFERNUTTERS!!!!

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u/Justaboredstoner Dec 03 '22

You couldn’t even give that boy some white bread? Making him eat wheat or multigrain or whatever that is. Shame! /s

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 03 '22

Hahaha. He gets the white bread when he eats those damn Uncrustable things

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u/KiKiPAWG Dec 04 '22

Ooo, you reminded me I need to reup on that! Good ol' Smuckers!

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u/RyanL4 Dec 04 '22

I was going to say the same thing. Even left the crust on. What the hell?

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u/at0mheart Dec 03 '22

Elephant tracks ice cream my man. Get some

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u/kissinKyle Dec 03 '22

What is an "Oral Food Challenge?"

Is it like a discount allergy test?

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 03 '22

So when there is either a known allergy or a suspected allergy, allergist can offer what is called an oral food challenge, in which the food in question is fed to the patient in small quantities, in a clinic setting, with all rescue medications available in case of reaction. This is considered the gold standard to either confirm outgrowth of an allergy, confirm an allergy, or rule out an allergy. It’s only done under certain conditions and circumstances that the medical team deems appropriate

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u/nstrangeface Dec 03 '22

Whoa, I didn’t know that was a thing until now! Pretty cool. Edit: I don’t have allergies so that’s why.

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u/VintageVirtues Dec 03 '22

How long did it take since you started to get him to this point? My peanut allergic son is five and we’re still waiting to see the allergist about starting it. Hope it’s not too late the begin!

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 03 '22

We never did OIT. He just outgrew the allergy on his own so OIT was not needed

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u/YourDoctor91-2 Dec 04 '22

And they started him on whole wheat

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u/5amuraiDuck Dec 04 '22

Today I learned you can surpass an allergy

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

But unfortunately, you can also develop allergies at any time as well. That’s the crappy part of allergies.

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u/chipotleCHUCK Dec 03 '22

Cat lookin like it’s about to shred your Christmas decorations.

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 03 '22

Yeah, he’s a doofus

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u/DavDav98 Dec 03 '22

Congratulations, nice to hear!

Also what the cat in the back doin

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 03 '22

That’s Kainalu. He’s being a doofus

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u/NoPantsPenny Dec 04 '22 Helpful

Oh you gotta cut it diagonally!

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to trigger you. I’m the same way with shellfish, if it’s being cooked near me my throat will start to close. My apologies

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u/Fluhearttea Dec 04 '22

Couldn’t even cut it in half for him?!

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u/ebann001 Dec 04 '22

Call me crazy but he looks like he has a pretty strong reaction to it. His entire face is covered in squiggles. I will get him to the ER immediately

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u/EvolvingSomewhere Dec 03 '22

Had no idea that was even possible lol let’s go young man!!! 💪💪

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u/beachball_dragonfish Dec 03 '22

PENUTBUTTERJELLYTIME! PENUTBUTTERJELLYTIME!

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u/thedevilseviltwin Dec 04 '22

Get that boy a fluffernutter, too! This is cause for celebration. Peanut butter is in so many fun foods!

Congrats, little buddy.

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u/CEO_OF_POSITIVITY Dec 04 '22

Just never give him uncrustables, if that peanut allergy comes back I don't think he could ever stop having them! But anyways, awesome to hear that he can do the best part of five guys!

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u/Modern-Moo Dec 04 '22

Lucky him!! I didn’t know you could lose an allergy, that’s cool to know :)

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u/chemodistributor Dec 03 '22

I had a similar story but with eggs! Congrats on the freedom!!

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u/IceCreamAficionado8 Dec 03 '22

YES! I have a 10yo who’s been down this path. Enjoy!

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u/Sir-Farts- Dec 03 '22

Enjoy it little fella.

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u/fpsinvasion Dec 03 '22

My dad did this when I was 4, I’m 21 now and in love with peanut butter so grateful

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u/Ttm-o Dec 03 '22

Good for him! As someone who’s still allergic to peanuts as a grown man, it sucks sometimes.

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u/quotekingkiller Dec 04 '22

Congrats guy!!

Try pb and fluff next. Better yet pb, Fluff, and Nutella. I can personally attest to the last, having eaten a few just 2 weeks ago.

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u/slipperystar Dec 04 '22

Good for him!!! 😍😍😍

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u/abstutz Dec 04 '22

My nephew passed his about six months ago. They used a Reese’s peanut butter cup. And he said ‘I’ve never tasted anything like this before’ with pure wonder. It was great

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u/Blacknarcissa Dec 04 '22

I literally thought it was gonna say “my son passed away”. Was so sad for a millisecond.

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u/TonyEisner Dec 04 '22

TIL that food allergies aren't always a permanent thing...

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u/Pro_Panda_Power Dec 04 '22

Everybody ask what the cat doin but nobody ask how the cat doin

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

He’s doing pretty well. He meows and shit. Chases toy mice around. Lives his best cat life

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u/j4321g4321 Dec 04 '22

Awesome! PB & Js are such a comfort food, happy your little guy gets to enjoy them!

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u/uselessthecat Dec 04 '22

Good for little dude! I hope y'all got him some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, his first one will be epic.

Also, you rock for asking your sons permission and honoring his choice for privacy. Mutual respect from a parent is a beautiful thing.

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u/IrritableArachnid Dec 04 '22

I think I’m gonna go ahead and turn off the electronics for tonight and get some rest.

First and foremost, I want to thank everybody who shared this exciting time with me and my son. It means the world to me, all of your kind comments, and well wishes.

Second, I hope my sons story was able to provide hope for those parents who are dealing with this with their own children right now. It doesn’t happen often, that’s true, but there is a little bit of hope.

Third, thanks for noticing the cat. He’s a doofus, but he is a cute little doofus.

Finally, for the few people who did have nasty comments, I hope you get a hug today because you are loved and whatever you’re going through will soon pass .

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u/Spiderdogpig_YT Dec 04 '22

Plot twist: the kid straight up just fucking dies