Food Allergy Experience

Food Allergy #6

Last week my son ate squid for the first time. My husband is Vietnamese and enjoys introducing the kids (and me) to the foods he grew-up eating. Which typically is great; he makes killer eggrolls (which we don’t eat anymore), fantastic Pho, and is an expert at turning rice and meat into a delicious dish. The little guy had eaten shrimp in the past without any problems, so we didn’t hesitate to give him the squid.

He ate around 6:30 and by 8pm his whole trunk was covered in a rash and he was itching like a mad man. We gave him the Benadryl and he was under close watch by us for the night. Luckily, he didn’t have any further or worsening reactions.

After talking with the allergist, we were told he is now allergic to squid. The nurse did say he could eat shrimp under close observation until he was retested next month. I however, am way to nervous to do that. So, we will be avoiding shellfish now.

Even though I knew it was possible to develop more allergies and/or find more he was allergic to, I was really hoping he wouldn’t. Today, his itching is much better and the rash is disappearing. I’m sure by the actual 1 week mark, he’ll be back to normal.



  1. Malou

    I do understand your concern. One of my sisters have allergy to any seafood that changes color when cooked (shrimps, crabs, squids, octopus) so she was careful not to eat dishes which have them.

    • I like how you describe the fish as the kind that changes color. People can visualize what is considered a shellfish that way.

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