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Mother Struggles To Figure Out Why Daughter Can't Eat Or Drink

A teen's worst nightmare would be to wake up to a disfigured face. Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened to Memphis resident Kennedy Odom. In February of 2015, Kennedy, 15, went from having to only worry about friends and school to fearing for her life.

She woke up to extremely painful blisters and swelling in and around her mouth. She could not eat. Soon, the lesions spread down to her throat, where she could not swallow. She was forced out of school and lost 30 pounds. Her mother, Cicely Odom-Rose, finally discovered the cause and is warning others.

Repeat doctors visits and tests for everything from strep throat to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, turned up negative as Kennedy kept getting worse. Cicely could not stand to see her daughter getting worse, and she couldn't figure out why. She continued to search through Google and YouTube videos. She finally found out that her daughter's braces might be to blame.

Tamara Irving remembered, “We asked ‘Is it possible that since all the issues are surrounding her mouth area, inside her mouth, her lips, that it may have something to do with her braces?’”

This actually turned out to be the correct diagnosis. Cicely found out her daughter Kennedy was having an allergic reaction to the nickel in her braces. According to the Mayo Clinic, nickel allergies are one of the leading causes of sudden blistering skin rashes.

Cicely said, “To me, it’s important to let parents know to be aware and to be diligent and be proactive when it comes to your child’s health, because no one knows your child better than you." Kennedy has the option of plastic braces. For now, she has had her nickel braces removed so that she can fully recover.

Thankfully, her mother was diligent in her search for answers and trusted her gut.

Photo: IJ Review

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