For those of you not following my blog on BLW, here’s a small recap of what has gone on so far.
We started BLW when my son turned 6 months old – nearly 3 weeks ago. Seeing as neither my partner or I have any food allergies, we dove right in and avoided only foods that had a high risk of triggering an allergic reaction like nuts. Things were going really well until I noticed one day that my son had a pretty gnarly rash on his lower face and forearms. At first, I brushed it off as being an eczema flare-up, a decent assumption given that I only noticed the redness the following day after an overnight change of temperature from cold to hot.
The thing is, though, the next time I gave my son some yogurt, I wiped him down, sat him on his playmat and, when I turned around to start cleaning the table, he started screaming. I looked at him and immediately noticed this his lower face, cheeks and the inside of his arms were bright red with little white bumps all over. Enter Benadryl… Eventually, I put two and two together and realized that my son was reacting to dairy, or, at the very least, yogurt. Reading up on it, I found that it wasn’t uncommon for babies to have trouble processing lactose and that this reaction could just be the result of his system not being mature enough to handle it. ‘No matter’, I thought, we’ll just wait a few months before reintroducing dairy.
Then, he had a reaction to tomato – the second time he ate it only. I thought that it might be because the second time around it had been in contact with an acidic dressing, but I still decided to err on the side of caution. Henceforth, I would only introduce one new food at a time. I made some fishcakes. New ingredient: panko bread crumbs. I did not want to use the other breadcrumbs because I read in the ingredients that it had been produced in a plant where they also use milk ingredients (yeah, you can say that I was overcautious…). The first time he ate some, he was fine. The second time he ate some, he was fine. The third time…the third time he had an allergic reaction. His lower face was bright red again and some bright red patches with little white bumps had crept on his back as well.
So…where did that leave me? I had (read: have) no idea what my son can eat. I mean, seriously, why is he fine one day and not the next? So, I rang up my pediatrician’s office this morning to see if I could get an appointment and perhaps a referral to an allergist. Her office was very accommodating and found a spot for me today!
Well, after spending about a quarter hour in her office, she was stumped. At first, she thought I might be mistaking an allergic reaction with eczema. I suppose, however, that after asking me the same question about five different ways and getting the same answer from me, she realized that I actually was able to distinguish the two (don’t fault her for asking in so many ways though, she was being thorough!). What also confused her was that I hadn’t changed my diet since giving birth. She told me that, according to what she knew, my son shouldn’t be reacting to food because he hadn’t had any reactions to the proteins that were in my milk.
Eventually, she took out her prescription booklet and a post it and told me that she would be referring us to an allergist at a children’s hospital. I’m calling tomorrow to get an appointment.
In the mean time, we are going to continue solids and I will be jotting everything down. That way, I will have a mine of information by the time we are able to see the specialist.