*Update to the ‘Got Milk?’ article*
Just last year when my son was only two months old we found out through a tough series of events that he had a cow’s milk allergy. Fast forward 1 year later, my son is now 17 months old and has not out grown the cow’s milk allergy like the doctors said. They asserted that it would resolve on its own by one year of age.
We’ve had a much more contentious journey with our introduction of different foods to our growing baby boy. The threat of an allergic reaction was a very real and constant presence in our home. We already have a daughter who is highly allergic to all nuts, sesame seeds and shrimp. So instinctively we avoided those just in case. But there were some items that our family ate regularly and we believed, in our ignorance, that they would not be harmful to try out with Justin.
For example, eggs were introduced at around 10 months of age (per our pediatricians recommendations). He would always spit them out, so we assumed he didn’t like them. I saw no other visible signs that eggs were problematic for him. He did this spit out, auto-reject thing to a few other food items. And I concluded the same thing, no big deal he doesn’t like it and we’ll try it again down the line.
When your child lies slumped and unresponsive?
Okay, we’re friends, right? So, I’ll tell you about one of the scariest moments of my life. It was a regular weekday. One of the few I have with my husband home with me. On these days we make it a point to go out to lunch together. Just us two…plus out toddler companion, of course. I got fish and he got steak. We ate and talked, giving our little man bits and pieces off of our plates as we usually did.
Justin was eating a lot during this particular meal, and I was excited to see him finally showing interest in food other than breast milk. He ate a lot of fish that day and again I thought nothing of it. He’d eaten fish before without a problem, and now he seemed to really like it (right in line with a family that loves seafood).
As we approached our car in the parking lot, I saw Justin gag once then another time. I took a closer look at him because instinctively I thought allergic reaction, but I saw no rash or hives on his skin and overall he looked okay. But trusting my gut I sat in the back seat just in case. The ride home turned into a ride straight to the ER. I watched as my son went from gagging repeatedly to then lying slumped in my arms with his head lolling from side to side. His breathing was labored and I was terrified.
I prayed and kept speaking to him that he would be alright. And just as we were nearing the hospital his body finally ejected all the contents of his stomach. The once unresponsive toddler was now alert and screaming as I ran into the Emergency Room.
Where we are today with food allergies
After a few more tests we’ve learned that Justin shows allergic responses to cow’s milk, eggs, fish, wheat, soy, corn, and nuts. We’ve survived too many allergic reaction scares. And have spent countless sleepless nights trying to sooth a baby suffering from eczema and scratching uncontrollably. The idea that the food we eat that is supposed to nourish our bodies is making us sick and can potentially be life threatening, does not sit well with me. It should not be this way and so I will not accept it.
As you can see the path to health and healing is an ongoing one. We met with a nutritionist today, which gave great insight and a game plan. The plan does include weaning my toddler off of breastfeeding. I’m ready for this new phase, whatever it takes to be in good health.
Let me encourage you to keep pushing, keep asking, keep researching. Do what you need to do to get your healing. Let’s stop leading half-lives because the answers won’t come easy. I’m with you! ;*
Like, Share, and Comment below if you’ve dealt with a similar situation or to provide added insight. TY!
Article Originally posted February 11, 2016
This past week was rough. Our newborn wasn’t sleeping much, therefore, I wasn’t sleeping much. But it was more than that. He was cranky, gassy, kept spitting up, and developed a new rash. It got worse…I soon saw blood in his poop. What?!
Bring in the pediatrician, who informs me that my son may have a cow’s milk allergy. This was news, being that he is exclusively breastfed. But then I thought about it, I’d recently ramped up my milk intake thinking it beneficial for the baby. Turns out not only was I hurting my-lactose intolerant-self, I was also hurting my baby. My son was gaining weight, but my diet was hurting his stomach. The doctor told me to completely cut out dairy…and she meant everything (even things made with milk). That meant no pancakes, biscuits and a lot of other things I really liked.
I prayed. I knew God wouldn’t set me on a course to be healthier and to pay strict attention to what I eat without giving me support. That support came a few days ago as I was wondering how I’d get the good organic food options for my now minimal sugar and dairy-free diet. Even if Whole Foods was nearby, and it isn’t, I can’t go traipsing around stores with a newborn. And there in my inbox was an invite for a 30-day free trial of Amazon Fresh, a fresh groceries home delivery program. It was offered as a part of my Amazon Prime membership.
I can’t say enough about my Prime membership. It has a movie streaming feature, with many movies offered for free. You can stream music, which is the feature I use every day. It gives you access to countless kindle books for free and always had free 2-day shipping. You can try the 30-day free trial and see for yourself.
I’ve placed my first order with the intents to make the following gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free recipes:
–Tahini & Turkey Rice (minus the tahini since my daughter is allergic to sesame)
The recipes are provided by goodflaura.com. She, like so many people I know have suffered from stomach problems of one sort or another that are frequently grouped in the IBS category. She’s found that changing her diet can greatly help the cause and symptoms of her misdiagnosed IBS.
For years, I’d ignored the symptoms of my poor eating habits. I’d gotten used to random stomach aches and having low energy. This is not how I was meant to live. Now that its affecting my baby, I have no more excuses. The time to change is now! God grant me your grace to see it through.