It was like watching a “zombie plague” and it took “only seconds”, parenting blogger Sophie Cachia said about watching her son, now aged three, suffer an anaphylactic reaction.
It happened as almost every near-tragedy happens: everything is so simply, blisteringly normal, until it is not.
“It was 2016 and our little family was living in Adelaide,” the now-26-year-old wrote for Wattle Health.
“That day I hadn’t really gotten around to organising anything for dinner, but I was stoked to find a pre-made pasta sauce in our fridge ready to go! I whipped up some ravioli and popped on the pumpkin and walnut sauce.”
Cachia, who created The Young Mummy, said she wondered if her son Bobby had tried walnuts before. She knew he had enjoyed muffins and banana bread with no reaction, that he’d been exposed to peanuts, almonds and pine nuts without problem. She thought walnuts should be fine.
His reaction started when a spoonful of sauce landed on his arm but Cachia mistook it for a burn.