This grainy little picture was taken inside the ambulance as we rode to the emergency room. My son had just been injected with, what I would later learn is called an EPI PEN.
Salim is the youngest of four. By the time he came along I considered myself a "veteran" mom. However, this day taught me how much more I could learn.
All of my children were breastfed. However, I always had difficulty pumping. I decided to supplement my breastmilk with baby formula. This particular day I went to a local big chain grocery store to pick up a small can of powdered formula. The label read "Most Like Mother's Milk". I figured if it was most like breastmilk it must be good for him.
As I fed him the bottle, almost immediately his chin turned bright crimson and his nose began spewing mucus. He began to gag as though he were choking and shocked and afraid I grabbed the phone and frantically dialed 9-1-1.
This was one of the scariest days of my life. Soon after this episode we had him tested for food allergies. I found out that the reaction was caused by the dairy ingredient in the formula. Over the next couple years, although he continued to be tested by an allergist, it also took a lot of trial and error to finally figure out the complete list of foods that had the potential to cause him harm. By the age of two he had the list memorized and even knew how to instruct adults to "read the label."
Because of this day, making sure he has the information he needs to be safe has been my priority. Creating this cookie recipe for him, and people like him who have dairy and egg allergies, has been my mission. My hope is that you enjoy them as much as he does.