The cashew incident at the park

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We go to a park sometimes that we call ‘sand park.’ It is one of the only parks around that has sand in it, and Cake loves the sand (like most almost 3 year olds). There’s sand, 2 play structures, swings, a basketball hoop, bathrooms (key for a potty training kid)…..it’s a fun park overall.

One of the last times we were here was over a year ago. I brought along a Lara bar (which I loved before we found out about Cake’s nut allergies). I let Cake have a bite (this was before we knew he was allergic to nuts, at that time we were only avoiding peanuts). Then Cake went and played in the sand. He somehow had sand in his hand that he rubbed on his face….then started crying. He had some kind of bite on his face that stung. Looking back, it was probably a giant itchy hive and not a bite from a bug, but who knows.

Then the crankiness kicked in. And the throwing up. Once Cake got whiney (which is rare for him), we headed to the car. Cake threw up twice before we got to the car. I got home, where Allergy Dad was conveniently working from home, and got Cake cleaned up. Allergy Dad looked online to see if a bug bite could cause throwing up. It can, especially if it’s a spider bite. I called the pediatrician and we went to see her after lunch. By then Cake had thrown up at least three other times and had giant red hives around his mouth. Fun stuff.

We saw one of the doctors that could fit us into her schedule (not our normal one). She thought it was a stomach bug and recommended benedryl and to call her if it continued. She didn’t think it was a bite from a bug or a spider and had doubts that it could be food related. Thankfully the benedryl helped and Cake stopped throwing up. I asked for an epipen, just in case the reaction was from the cashews that I ate (or in case of another incident like this one). I was denied an epipen. She left a message for Cake’s normal pediatrician with me asking for an epipen. Denied again.

Looking back, I should have fought harder for an epipen. We ended up getting one a few months later from Cake’s allergist and now keep it on hand at all times. If Cake started throwing up like that now, I would administer an epipen and go to the emergency room.

Oh, and today’s fun trip at sand park? It ended with Cake getting sand in his eye. I’m thinking this park has something against us!

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Figuring out the milk allergy

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The milk allergy. How did we figure it out? Well, it was a guess. By 3 months old, Cake hadn’t gained much weight – he gained the absolute minimum and was below the charts or at the first percentile, he had all sorts of ‘baby acne’ and rashes, he spit up a ton, and the poop…..oh man the poop was green and snotty. It was gross.
So I joined an online message board where the other breastfeeding moms said, “quit all milk products and see if there’s an improvement.” So I did. His spits up/projectile vomit happened less and less, his poops got closer to ‘normal,’ and he gained lots of weight. He gained about 6 pounds in 8 weeks. He went from being a skinny, sickly looking baby to a chubby baby!
When I did a milk challenge about two months later (I ate a cupcake that had milk in it), Cake projectile vomited for a day or two, became the crankiest baby ever, and started scratching the crap out of his legs (excema). So I stopped all milk products and continue to do so today – partly because it’s easier but also because Cake has a baby brother. Baby brother (who I’ll call Bear on the blog) has never had milk products or nuts in his system, not even while I was pregnant.

Welcome to the blog!

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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!