Mum terrified boy, 8, could die on school run as he’s allergic to cold weather

A mum is terrified that her son, 8, could die on the school run this winter as he’s allergic to cold weather (Image: CATERS NEWS)

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A mum is worried that her eight-year-old son could potentially die on the school run this winter because he's allergic to the cold.

One icy blast of wind could be fatal for little Jayden O'Brien as the allergic reaction is triggered by his skin being exposed to anything below body temperature.

The youngster has temperature urticaria, a rare disorder which limits his life significantly. While this can range from tingling to hives, he is also at risk of a severe anaphylactic reaction.

With temperatures across the UK plunging this weekend, Jayden's mum Jenna Peacock, 35, is worried.

Speaking from the family home in Ashford, Kent, Jenna said: “I worry about him because his condition could be life-threatening.

Jayden has temperature urticaria, a rare disorder which limits his life significantly

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“He could go into an anaphylactic shock.

"It is a shame for Jayden as he can’t win. He never wants to miss out on playing with his friends but often forgets to wear his gloves, scarf and snood.

“He can’t be wrapped up too much as his skin flares up when he is also too hot.

“His body is often red, itchy with small lumps – despite taking antihistamines daily.

“Jayden is only a child so he thinks playtime is more important."

Jayden's skin also flares up when he is too hot

Jenna first spotted his feet and hands swelled up during the winter two years ago.

Now the schoolboy is required to wrap up and carry a heat pack because, as soon as the temperature drops, he could go into anaphylactic shock.

He also develops a rash when it is raining – but is fine after a shower.

His skin is at it’s best during the summer – when it is hot.

Mum-of-one Jenna added: “When it is summer and there’s a rare heat wave – Jayden is fine.

He has to carry a heat pack around with him at school

Jayden's symptoms can range from tingling to hives and he is also at risk of a severe anaphylactic reaction

“Yet if he is too hot when playing outside on a winter’s day – he has a flare up.

“It is baffling.”

Jenna says it took over a year to get a diagnosis – she had not heard of the condition before.

She said: “When he was six, his feet and hands used to swell up during the night if they weren’t under the duvet.

“Doctors said it was a mystery so I kept a diary of what he was eating and doing to see if i could find a link.

“Eventually, we seen a specialist who carried out multiple tests before diagnosing him.

“I had briefly seen cold urticaria online but didn’t think my son would have it.

“It’s such a shame – he has missed out on swimming as the water is far too cold.

Jayden has to remember to wear extra clothes to play outside with his friends

“He had swimming lessons before and he was hysterically crying.

“He has also been put off sports because it always ends with a flare up.

“He can never play in the snow again as he flares up – even when wearing skiing attire – it is impossible.

“Jayden is a resilient little boy and barely complains but he does say it is irritating and itchy.”

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Jenna has been told he may ‘grow out of it’ or he will need an EpiPen in the future.

She said: “I really hope his condition disappears with age otherwise it may have limitations in the future.

“He wants to work in construction when he is older which wouldn’t be possible as they work outside a lot.”

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