Ahhh- Choo!

Happy Monday everyone!

Our Little One has had issues with food allergies from the time she was born. She was allergic to my milk (probably whatever I was eating and didn’t know she was allergic to) and we had to switch to a sensitive, non-lactose formula at four weeks because she was having trouble keeping down the milk and wasn’t gaining weight. We still don’t know all that she is allergic to, but we are very cautious with new foods.

When she started on solids, I was careful to space out the new foods so that we could watch for allergic reactions. So far she’s allergic to tomatoes and strawberries in addition to dairy. She drinks soy milk instead of cow’s milk. Little One does eat cheese, but unfortunately mainly the processed crap that won’t upset her stomach. Mozzarella isn’t bad though. She definitely cannot tolerate having cheese two days in a row. She doesn’t eat anything strawberry related. My mom tested this recently because after the age of two some of the “allergies” disappear because they were just sensitivities. Wherever the strawberry grazed Little One’s cheek as she ate it developed a rash within seconds. Bright red and itchy rash! Poor thing. We also avoid tomatoes, so no marina sauce for us! A lot of soups are tomato based so I have to be very careful or make my own. I’ve tried giving her buttered pasta and plain meatballs when my husband and I have pasta nights, but she wants the sauce so badly. We end up giving her some and then she is sick for a few days. I haven’t cooked it in a very long time.

Recently, she started getting rashes from some mystery food and it took us a while to figure out–eggs! I should have done research, because eggs are the #1 food allergy in children. Well this summer I’ve been making her a lot of hard boiled eggs and egg salad. She’s not a big meat eater and I have to get her protein in somehow! There doesn’t seem to be a reaction for baked goods so right now we are being careful with eggs as ingredients.

My husband loves seafood and I don’t eat it at all, so we don’t plan on introducing seafood for her any time in the near future. Sometimes the strawberry allergy can be an indicator of a soft-shell seafood allergy. She also does have seasonal allergies, which doesn’t surprise me at all. Both my husband and I suffer from outdoor allergies. The food allergies are new to me though. She takes a chewable Claritin seasonally for her outdoor allergies.

So I called her wonderful pediatrician and got a referral for the pediatric allergist. Because Little One will have a week of rashes after her allergy outbreak plus such bad stomach pains that she doesn’t want to eat, they consider her to have an anaphylactic reaction. I figured she needed to see someone. Well, when I called the allergist’s office they told me that they will prick her for testing (on her back). So I decided not to take her at this time because I don’t want to scar her for life. I’ve been working really hard to eliminate the problems out of our diet. She’s been eating very well and I’ve been pleased at how happy she has been. I know we will have to go in the future for testing (maybe before heading out to public school) but I would hate to cause a  two-year-old pain and agony if I can wait a few years!