Our current list of known food allergies is pretty long – 19 foods. We have separated the list into different categories, mainly because it’s almost impossible to eat normally without eating at least some of the foods Cake is allergic to. Most importantly are the ‘never ever ever feed this to Cake’ foods, which includes cow’s milk, goat’s milk, peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pecans, poppyseeds, and pistachios. Then there’s the ‘do not feed to Cake, but if it happens it means a huge behavioral reaction which I would prefer to avoid’ which includes oranges, grapefruit & mustard, the ‘we avoid because it’s easy to avoid and causes excema’ foods, which are oats and peas.
Then there’s the rest. The rest of the foods Cake eats but I limit it if he’s had a lot of that food or if he gets a reaction like hives or excema. Excema happens often, hives not as much. These foods include wheat, soy, eggs (he’s allergic to both egg white and yolk, I only let him eat baked egg products), corn, garlic, and lemon.
I suspected Cake had food allergies from the beginning. When he was around 2-3 months old, he had all the symptoms of a milk protein sensitivity – green poops, tons of spit up, low weight gain, and excema (most of the excema came later, around 5-6 months old, but he had skin rashes). I was breastfeeding and quit all cows milk products and he was a different kid within a few weeks – he gained weight, stopped spitting up so much, and his skin looked better. Then I would eat another random food and he would start all over again with the rashes. Most notably was when I ate peanuts, so I quit eating those too. He was also having some breathing incidences so I brought him to my allergist.
Cake was both blood tested and back scratch tested for food allergies, as well as given a nebulizer and all the medicines that go along with it to help his breathing. At this point, I had quit eating several foods due to his reactions when I ate them, which included all cows milk products, peanuts, strawberries, crab, and watermelon. All of his tests were negative (which is common to get before age 3, even if an allergy exists). I was told to feed him foods and just stop letting him have foods that he reacts to.
At age 2, my husband wanted to do a milk challenge. We decided it was best to redo the back scratch test just to see if he may have a reaction before an actual milk challenge. He had excema and other symptoms still, so food allergies were still suspected. He came up positive to 19 foods. 19. We now have most of the foods separated into categories of ones he can’t have (& we have an epipen for), ones he can have a small amount of, ones that cause behavioral reactions, and ones I let him eat unless his excema goes crazy.
So now at home we have asthma medicines, a nebulizer, an antihistamine, AviQ epipens, and a whole bunch of food Cake can eat. I follow Cake’s diet for the most part (it’s just easier that way).
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Update on our mock buck eye balls (made with almond butter & dairy free chocolate chips). They are all gone. Cake and I ate all of them in 2 days.
I guess that’s how I can get him to eat more almond butter!
Welcome to our food allergy adventures! Cake, who is almost 3, has lots of food allergies but we try to accommodate him and try to let him eat as much ‘normal’ food as normal. Today’s task was making mock buck eye balls (from http://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/blog/peanut-free-milk-free-chocolate-buckeye-candy).
They were yummy. And the best part? Cake was able to help make them! He mostly ate all the almond butter and sugar ‘batter’ but I managed to keep some of them for later!