Trace Adkins Opens Up About His Daughter's Near-Death Allergic Reaction

05/27/2008 at 04:30 PM EDT

Trace Adkins Opens Up About His Daughter's Near-Death Allergic Reaction
Courtesy Redbook
Country music star Trace Adkins almost lost his 6-year-old daughter Brianna, who, at only 9 months, suffered a severe food allergy reaction after licking a peanut butter lid.

"There didn't seem to be any peanut butter on it, but the reaction was almost immediate," he says in Redbook's June issue of Brianna's near-fatal allergic reaction. "She began to swell up, to where she was almost unrecognizable ... Just from the protein on the lid."

For the 46-year-old father of five and Celebrity Apprentice runner-up, Brianna's anaphylactic shock was "terrifying" and altered his family's daily life.

"She knows she has to ask before she picks up any food, pretty much," Adkins, now a spokesperson for the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), says of his daughter whom he calls "a trouper." "We have all had to change our diets to work around the things she's allergic to – all nuts, dairy, and eggs. We seldom eat at restaurants because it's too risky. That's just how we live."

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