Possible Allergic Reaction From Handling Offensive Foods

Last night, a thought occurred to me regarding Parker’s tendency to acquire a fever for a day without any other obvious symptoms. This has happened twice in the past few months.

Yesterday, he participated in holiday gingerbread making and homemade play dough at school. I instructed him not to eat anything, but his hands were in contact with the foods he is allergic to (milk, wheat, candy coated with food dye and full of sugar) for several hours. Although he did wake up with a headache, by the time he came home from school he was talkative and did not complain. However, at about 9pm, he spiked a fever of 101 degrees F, and was complaining of a headache again.

This morning, he had no fever, but was complaining of a headache and leg pain again.

I will note that the past couple of weeks have been tough on him. He has not had consistent sleep schedule and just finished as the star of the church Christmas Play. This is amazing given his history the past two years, and I didn’t want a few compromises to his diet to hold him back. After all, his skin looks amazing and he has been in good spirits. However, his intake of “fast food” (aka–canned beans and pre-packaged gluten-free breads) has also increased.

All of this could have slowly worn down his immune system, thus leading to a “reaction” of sorts to the handling of flour, sugar, and milk throughout the day.

This is all conjecture, of course, but I thought I would put the idea out there in case anyone else has experienced strange symptoms that may be related to handling (but not ingesting) offensive foods.

NOTE: To be safe, I did take Parker to the doctor to cancel out infection such as strep throat. The nurse practitioner diagnosed an ear infection, though his other symptoms of neck ache, sore throat, and leg pain do not seem to coincide.

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