Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Peanut Allergies & Bee Stings

My son got bit by a bee the other day. It was traumatic for both of us. Our neighbors came outside to see what all the screaming was about since my son was crying and shouting, "It hurts," over and over again for what felt like me to be over ten minutes straight.

He finally calmed down completely after about 45 minutes. The remedy that seemed to actually ease the pain was a penny. That's right. Good old Abe Lincoln was pressed to his bee sting on the tip of his finger and my little boy carried the lucky penny around the rest of the day - and part of the following morning, pressed to his finger. He even slept with it that night and somehow I found it before he woke up so I could prove to him that he did, indeed, have it with him all night.

His grandmother told us about this bee sting solution and although I was a bit leery at first, it did seem to work. I don't know if there is a medical explanation for putting a copper penny next to the swelling but the ice didn't seem to help and I couldn't bare to leave his side for those agonizing few moments after the incident.

Over at Daddy's Toolbox I read his experience with his daughter's peanut allergy and how she reacted and how both he and his wife reacted. I pretty much panicked too when I first learned that my son had gotten stung. He was just outside the front door playing with his friend and neighbor. I was inside when I heard his first scream but was there at his side seconds later. A mother has the powers of a superhero (as far as speed is concerned) when those painful sounds reach her ear.

After my son calmed down enough for me to think clearly, I went to the internet to search on symptoms of allergic reactions, just in case my son started showing signs. It turns out that he is not allergic but what I read on line disturbed me for the rest of the day since I learned that sometimes it takes up to six hours for symptoms to start to appear. You can bet I was anxious and more observant than usual that night.

I have introduced my son to peanut butter so I know that this is not a concern. But how does one manage when a new diet and routine is thrown into the mix of an already stressful time with young kids in the house? Let's face it, parenting is not easy. It's challenging and exciting and full of adventures.

I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.


Cookie Sunshine said...

So what is it about the penny that helps? This was very interesting. I'm glad that your son is okay. I found you for the first time today at Blissfully Domestic. You have a nice blog.


HIP_M0M said...

Cookie -

I'm not sure what it is about the copper that helps heal the swelling, but there are those who think this is just an old wives' tale and others who believe it works...

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. I'll be checking out your blog as well.