Daily Archives: October 21, 2013

MOM SOS: FOOD ALLERGIES

HELP. PLEASE. I’M BEGGING YOU!

We just got the results back for The Toddler from his blood test.  He is highly allergic to almost all food known to mankind.  I KID YOU NOT.

ALLERGY LIST:

  1. EGGS
  2. COW MILK
  3. WHEAT
  4. OATS
  5. SOY
  6. BAKER’S YEAST
  7. CODFISH
  8. CRAB
  9. SHRIMP
  10. PORK
  11. BEEF
  12. TUNA
  13. CORN
  14. PEANUTS
  15. WALNUTS
  16. TOMATO
  17. CARROTS
  18. ORANGE
  19. POTATO
  20. STRAWBERRY
  21. APPLE
  22. PEAS



DEADLY ALLERGIC TO: EGGS, WHEAT & PEANUTS

We are now advised to have two Epi-pens on us at all times.  We had split up one pack so that both my husband and I had one in our diaper bags… but now we both have two.  The Toddler has cried for milk, for cheese, for cheerios… things that all along have been making my baby sick.

The Toddler was a fussy baby, colicky doesn’t even begin to describe it.  He would cry for four-five hours EVERY night for months.  The past 23 months have been full of days where I just could tell that he was sick.  I thought it was because of teething, a cold from the playground at the park, or an earache.  But no, I have been feeding my child food that his little body has been fighting for months. MONTHS.  

How did I now pick up on this sooner?!?  I had voiced my concerns over and over again with our pediatrician and he just chalked it up to a colicky baby-then a growing toddler-then an overbearing mother.  

TO WHICH- I switched pediatricians.  I now am with someone that respects me as a parent.  Listens.  And assured me as she called me late last Tuesday, from her house no less-because she wanted to make sure to cut-out all of the above from his diet ASAP- because she cares.  As I sat there in shock.  Choking back tears.  She assured me that we are going to figure this out together.  We have a game plan.  She said exactly what I needed to hear.

As I sat in the parking lot of Costco, I felt my body go numb.  In shock.  Waves of guilt washed over me.  Why hadn’t I figured this out sooner?  Why is he so allergic to everything?  We have nothing in our fridge or pantry that he can eat…. 

The past few days we have been desperately trying to figure out what we can stock in our house that our little one can eat, and WILL eat.  Poor timing that he is now one picky little eater.  He LOVES everything on that list. EVERYTHING.  Except for peanut butter.  We stayed away from anything with nuts after he had an anaphalaxis response to a wheat substitute.  I didn’t want to risk it.  Glad I listened to myself then.

Beans, Cucumber, Grapes, Chicken, Red & Green Peppers, Bananas, Blueberries

Those are the only other foods that he has eaten and WILL eat right now.  I need help!  I AM IN DESPERATE NEED OF HELP.  

Ideas for meals?  Information on food allergies?  Blogs about food allergies?  The more information the better. 

I can’t get over the fact that I broke my baby.  I gave him food that his body just can’t have.  My sweet boy if you are reading this when you are older- I am dreadfully sorry that we didn’t catch this sooner.