We had DD allergy tested yesterday because she ended up with a rash and hives after eating egg. We found out she is mildly allergic to eggs. In fact, the allergist said she should be able to eat them in baked goods. She can probably also eat the egg yolk without a problem. However, we were surprised to find she had a pretty strong reaction to sesame. He said to avoid any foods that have sesame in them.
Is anyone dealing with a sesame allergy? At first I thought, eh, who eats sesame? No big deal. Then I started thinking of the bagels at church, what happens if she eats a bagel that has touched a sesame bagel? McDonalds hamburgers, the fresh multigrain bread we eat, granola bars, and trail mix all have sesame in them. The food with sesame started multiplying. As we were leaving, he let us know that hummus has sesame. Never would have occurred to me, and DH had just asked the previous week if he could give her a taste of hummus. Luckily, I had told him to hold off.
What are some other common foods that I am missing that have sesame? I was reading the sesame is not required to be labeled in food in the US.
How do you find out just how allergic your child is to a food?
How do I know if it is as extreme as not being able to even have contact with the food, or just can't ingest it? Sesame seeds are so small, how much is needed to cause a reaction.
Sorry for the very basic questions, but now I am getting scared. My family has never had any food allergies, so this is brand new territory for me. Some people have said they were given a number 1-5 for their child's allergy? I wasn't given any sort of number. How am I supposed to know just how vigilant I need to be?