Monday, April 8, 2013
The Unexpected Allergy (or how I completely failed at the elimination diet)
First off, the boy hit his five month "birthday" today and weighed in at 19 lbs and 27 1/2 inches (when I first brought him in I was asked if he could stand on the scale! He's that big!).
I learned that my attempts at an elimination diet have, it seems, completely failed. The one thing that I thought Patrick wasn't allergic to was the thing that he is very allergic to and the things that I thought he was very allergic to came back negative on the skin prick test.
It makes me a little nervous, so I'm going to slowly start reintroducing the other foods, once we have the allergy under control again.
And the culprit?
Milk. And pretty severe eczema.
I have no idea how I missed it (the milk that is). He certainly didn't seem to be having a reaction when I reintroduced it. But the large red welt on his back where the milk scratch was, was most definitely reacting as all the other faded away to nothing.
And then we met with the doctor again(with everyone commenting on how smiley Patrick was after just having the tests) and discussed our plan of attack in a step by step list. First off we eliminate all dairy from my diet. Then we apply "barrier protection" which means lathering him in a 50/50 mix of vaseline and crisco every morning and every night. If that doesn't work I'm supposed to use "wet wraps" and wrap him in two layers of gauze every day (oh please let the vaseline and crisco work!!!). I'm also not supposed to use soap (I hardly do now, just an oatmeal wash). The next step is "anti-inflammation". I need to continue to apply cortisone cream in the morning and at night for two weeks and then continue it as needed. And he's supposed to take 1/2 tsp of hydroxyzine every night before bed to eliminate the itchiness.
Lastly they took us into a room where we watched a movie and went over epi-pen use and then were prescribed two epi-pens.
I asked if the doctor was sure and he said he was. But of course, our pediatrician had a talk with me at the end of our last appointment and said that sometimes the allergists don't find anything, but the child will still have a reaction and so it's not like you can give them the food in question... so we're proceeding with caution.
I'm really hoping he's right though. A single dairy allergy would be so much easier to work around (although we've decided as a family to stay gluten free since the girls and Paul feel so much better and my asthma went from every day inhaler use to once a month inhaler use).
And that's what we've learned so far! I'm excited and cautiously optimistic!
Thank you all for all of the prayers!