The Mystery Candy Incident
Unfortunately, we think Noah found some old Easter candy in the plastic egg decorations that he was playing with. I noticed his red irritated hands and cheeks and he was spreading it to his eyes by rubbing his hands. I asked what he had eaten and he ran into the front room, pointed to all the plastic eggs spread across the floor and said "candy".
Benedryl worked to reduce all of the hives and redness but it was not going away. After almost an hour, three small doses of Benedryl, and his breathing starting to show some stress (he grunts) we packed up and headed to the Kids Care unit at Alta View Hospital.
EpiPen Jr. and Albuterol were administered and he was closely watched. Our hope was that that would be enough. His flushed skin turned pale, then back to a more normal pink, but then continued to the a full body flush. His breathing was better but not great.
The doctor was not satisfied with how he was responding so administered another EpiPen Jr and called for an ambulance ride to Primary Children's hospital.
Jill said that he slept almost the whole way up the hospital (+/- 25 minutes) in the ambulance.
The whole scenario, unfortunately, was a bit too familiar. We knew pretty quickly that we staying the night for observation. Luckily he did not have any further signs of reaction, we just had to keep dosing him with antihistamines and Zantac and let his body flush is all out.
I ran home once we were settled in the RTU (Rapid Treatment Unit). I checked on Toby, got a few needed items, and grabbed some Wendy's for dinner on the way back.
Noah was pretty wired for quite awhile and it took him a long time to finally settle down and get some sleep. It was an uneventful night with just a couple of interruptions to check on him and give him more medicine.
We ordered some breakfast for Noah in the morning and it was interesting to see the very long list of foods on his allergy list on the receipt from the cafeteria.
We got the all clear when the morning doctor arrived and we were headed for home by about 9 AM. Hopefully we can make it more than a few months before any more allergy attacks.
You can find a couple more of my camera-phone pictures here.