Monday, February 13, 2012

Allergy to Coffee-No More Coffee for Toddlers!

Ok, no, no, no, we did not give Bee coffee.  But we do know that she's allergic to it.

Daddy often drinks coffee at night so he can make it through some late night work on tough weeks at the office.  One night he started his coffee drinking a little earlier than usual and the kids were not yet in bed.  They decided to have one last tickle fest before bed and Bee was right in the middle.

Within a few minutes one side of Bee's face started to swell and the hives began to appear.  The fun ended and we went into our emergency mode as we doctored her and watched for signs of a reaction.  After a time the swelling went down and she was able to go to sleep.  But it left us wondering what had caused her sudden swelling.

The only thing we could surmise was the coffee-the plain, medium roast, unflavored, black coffee.  I did some researching on the internet and coffee is actually a type of seed and those with severe seed allergies might react to coffee.  Seeds.......yes, we are very allergic to anything related to seeds.  I felt we had found our explanation.

But just to be sure, I called Bee's doctor.  One of the interns called me back.  He told me what I'd already discovered in my research.  I asked if a coffee allergy was common and he stated that, in the general population, a coffee allergy was very rare.  He then quickly stated that Bee was not in the general population and that we should treat her as if she had a coffee allergy.  If I didn't know better, I'd think he just called us weird!

So, no coffee for our toddler, not that that would ever happen, and no coffee kisses from anyone at our house.

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