I've already witnessed an episode during a family holiday in Portugal last summer; one minute we are sitting at a beach cafe enjoying an early afternoon aperitif and the next we are waiting for the ambulance to arrive while he fights for his next breath. The allergic reaction was the result of a previously undetected allergen - mustard seeds. I think this is what scares me the most the medical professionals just don't know what will be next and when it will manifest itself.
So to the purpose of this post and the warning I offer. Please don't give children food/drinks or sweets without checking with the parents/guardians first.
Yesterday, I took the grandchildren to the lake. We packed fruit and water for refreshments and I thought we were all set. Oh, did I mention that my granddaughter is gluten and dairy intolerant? This has been diagnosed in the last couple of months.
Anyways, to cut to the chase, when we arrived at the playground area I was horrified to see children wandering around eating. Sandwich, crisps, cakes or whatever in one hand and bucket and spade in the other. My grandson is three. He doesn't understand not to accept food from other children. I'd never even considered this deadly level of unsupervised contact with food. Think - loaded gun!
I watched him like a hawk ready to swoop.
Then my granddaughter starts whining. A little girl offered her some chocolate cake and because I said no, I was the meanest grandma ever. The little girl did not speak English nor i French, so i could not even offer and explanation.
While this drama was unfolding some kindly mothers decided to offer my grandson some sweets and biscuits. He was just about to put a biscuit in his mouth when I made a world class rugby tackle to grab it. Said mothers looked at me in horror as I tried to explain, using charades and my best pigeon French, he was allergic as in: morte allergeeeec!
Needless to say I was a nervous wreck and the gran kids were angry and sulky by the time we left the lake.
Today we stayed at home and baked some gluten and dairy-free cakes.