Cake has a cold. It’s funny how something like a cold can be more complex because of asthma and allergies. Cake has a cold and has needed his nebulizer treatments this week.

Last night, he was coughing, moaning, and making a funny sound when he swallows. Then it hit me – what if it’s a food allergy reaction? He’s coughing, swallowing funny, whining….he could be having a mild food allergy reaction. I run down all the out of ordinary foods he ate that day (ramen noodles, sesame ball) and all the foods he ate that he’s mildly allergic to (wheat, soy, pea protein) wondering which one (or two or three) might be causing these symptoms.

Cake can’t really tell me if something is going on yet, if I mention taking medicine he automatically says, “I’m *cough cough* good, mama. No nebyizer. *cough*”. So when I ask him at 10:30pm what hurts he tells me “nothing.” When I ask if his mouth feels funny, he says yes. I go to grab my phone to text Allergy Dad (downstairs) and Cake says, “no my mouf is good *cough*”. Then he sniffs his nose and it sounds like he has a ton of boogies up there.

Since everything pointed to a cold at this point, I stayed up for a bit monitoring him then fell asleep myself. This morning he woke up coughing and sneezing and full of boogies. So I’m assuming its a cold and not something related to food.

Just having a cold would be an annoyance. Having to determine whether a food reaction is occurring at the same time is a lot more stressful!


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