First off, I apologize in advance because I am about to launch into a rant.
Those of you who have been following this blog for the past month, will probably have an idea of the issue I am about to address.
I just got back from the pediatrician’s office. We went back in two weeks after his previous visit because Charles has had more allergic reactions to food. My goal was to at least get a script for an epipen in case his next reaction turned into something worse than hives. I also wanted a RAST test (which requires blood to be drawn) to be prescribed so that I could know exactly what he is allergic to right now. That way, I can be more certain of which foods (besides dairy) to avoid.
Here are the salient points from our appointment…
1. The pediatrician won’t prescribe an epipen because he’s too young. To further argue her cause, she cites that he has “only” had hives so far. “Just don’t give him the foods he’s reacted to (duh!), keep some benadryl with you at all times (double duh!) and bring him to the ER if his reaction is more severe (triple duh!)”. So if my 7 month old stops breathing on me after eating something then I have to drive 20 min. to the nearest hospital. Excellent.
2. We’re also not getting a blood test done. I can’t really cite the reasons; by that time, I had decided to learn from her and ignore what she was saying.
3. When she asked me to repeat which foods he’d had a reaction to, I recited them again. Mentioning that I was certain about an allergy to dairy, tomato and cantaloupe and was still unsure about wheat, eggs, fish and blueberries. She nods her head and asks me how old he is (what, you mean you didn’t take a few minutes to read his file before calling us in?!?). 7 months. And then she goes on to scold me because supposedly he’s too young to be having fish, eggs and dairy. WTF? Since when? It’s not like I gave him nuts. And it’s not like I had any idea that he’d have a reaction in the first place because neither my partner or I have any food allergies. Besides, I didn’t know when I started solids that his eczema was most likely a sign that he was reacting to something that was in my milk (more on that in the next point). In her opinion, my son should be on cereal, fruits and veggies. Good thing she doesn’t know we’re not doing purées! Also, the introduction of solids, much like every other aspect of parenting, has many many many schools of thought.
4. I told her that I’d read that his eczema might be a result of an allergic reaction to the lactose he gets through my breastmilk because I eat dairy. I went on to add that I was meeting with a dietician tomorrow so that she can help me with an allergy elimination diet starting with the removal of all milk products from my meals. The pediatrician tells me that I should definitely be removing not only dairy but anything else that my son has reacted to so far as though it was the most obvious thing in the world (let me remind you here that the last time I went – two weeks ago – she had asked me if I’d had to remove anything from my diet since giving birth and when I said ‘no’ she didn’t suggest that dairy was one of the things that was probably causing my son’s bad eczema).
5. As seems to be the case with our recent appointments, she kept focusing on his eczema. So, I ended up getting a prescription for a moisturizing cream, another prescription for a cortisone cream for his body, another one to control his itchiness and a reminder that the cortisone cream we already have at home is for his face…
Basically, we’re going to be treating the symptoms instead of the cause until our appointment with the pediatric allergist comes up in October and hoping that his hives stay “just” hives to avoid a trip to the ER.
I’m really hating our health care system right now. I know that the grass only looks greener on the other side of the fence and that no matter where I’d go, I’d have to face different challenges, but the grass is looking pretty yellowish to my eye on my side of the fence right now…
OK, rant over.