When a friend of mine first told me her son was anaphylactic to milk, I scoffed at the idea of having to avoid foods which could have a “trace of milk/nut/whatever else”. No, I wouldn’t let that worry me if I was in her situation. After going through our own experience, I see how naïve, ridiculous and insensitive that was. Sorry!
As our Dietician said to me, “don’t worry about feeling you are neurotic about your child’s food. You have to be neurotic.” So there, I AM neurotic. I have to be neurotic for my son’s sake. And it’s not just the possibility that my son might die a horrible death that makes me neurotic… it’s everything in between, from having to suffer an itchy rash or diaorreah for a few days to what life would be like if he was unable to breathe for some time and became brain damaged as a result.