Actually, I’m not.
But it feels like it.
Here’s the thing though, I’ve been dairy free for a little over a month (I think) now. As hard as it was in the beginning, it has now become normal for me. I don’t look longingly at cheese anymore. I don’t miss milk or ice cream or yogurt anymore. I’ve become adept at recognizing the hidden milk names in the ingredient lists and am starting to know which products are safe to eat. Instead of looking at what I can’t eat, I look at what I can eat. And there is PLENTY that I can still eat.
However, I wonder when I will be eating dairy again. You see, as you can imagine, I’ve been reading a lot on food allergies since I first “diagnosed” my son when he was six months old (need I remind you that he hasn’t been officially diagnosed because our appointment with the allergist is at the end of October?) and there is a lot of research. Among this research there is – you guessed it! – contradicting information.
Some sources say to try again after a few weeks. Others say to do so after a couple months. I’ve also read to wait until the age of 1. And then there’s all of the other foods that I’ve opted not to try yet. This includes nuts and strawberries, to name a few. A part of me is afraid that he’s going to have a severe reaction but a part of me wants to try the foods out anyways. Although “common knowledge” dictates to wait until the child is 2 to introduce peanuts and tree nuts (some say to wait until the 4th birthday for kids who have allergies or who have parents with allergies) new research has revealed that the sooner you expose your child to a food, the less likely they are likely to develop an allergy to that food.
I was thinking of reintroducing dairy in my own diet first to see how my son reacts to it. If his eczema doesn’t come back and his stools stay nice and solid (I’m sure you’re all very happy to read about my son’s bowel movements haha), it would be a good sign that he’s on the right track to eating dairy himself.
What to do, what to do?
I’m reluctant to speak to our pediatrician about this. I’m also reluctant to reintroduce dairy in my own diet lest my son develop bad eczema again by his next appointment at the end of the month and she indirectly accuses me of being a bad mom again. Perhaps I should just wait and talk to the allergist about it at the end of October.