Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Allergies for two?

Ive been having too much déjà vu this week. I was hopeful that Diego wouldn't have any food allergies like Callie and just be a happy baby but I'm starting to think that's not the case. He's been fussier and fussier with more reflux, spitting up then screaming in pain. He wakes from dead sleep to crying and writhing in what appears to be stomach pain. He can't lay down flat without spitting up and crying. He wakes up every morning sounding congested and we've seen milk come out his nose, more than once. He seems extremely uncomfortable when he poops which is very frequent, sometimes green and burning his little bottom. He has had diaper rash for several consecutive days and is sleeping less and less. As much as I told myself it can't be allergies for several days I have finally come to a place where I need to figure it out. With Callie it took us 9 months despite my hunches and we both suffered through the days and nights. This time I am willing to try so much more now even if it's a big commitment for myself. And so as of this morning I have decided to start an allergy elimination diet. I am choosing to do the more drastic method in which you exclude all possibly allergic foods first then add them back one at a time to see if it is an offending food. The reason I do it this way is because I don't know which food is the problem and it could be more than one. With Callie I excluded the wrong foods and so she was still miserable. This time I'm excluding the top 8 foods that cause 90% of food allergies: wheat, soy, milk/dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, and eggs. This will be for 2 weeks although there should be an improvement in his symptoms sooner. After 2 weeks we can try adding one food at a time, at least 5 days apart and see if any issues arise.  While I don't want him to have any allergies I am hopeful that this will help him feel better, sleep better and just all around be comforted. I truly feel that he will because this is just too reminiscent of Callie, although to a lesser degree. I'll be surviving on such a limited diet that I'm sure ill lose the rest of my pregnancy weight quickly. I'm trying to did a positive in here for me ;) and since I've been through this before I am much more experienced in creating alternatives. Hopefully in just a few days I will know if this is working for him. I'm also planning to call and schedule to see the allergist, although to my knowledge they don't test kids this young an what I am already doing is best for diagnosing.
Wish us luck!

We went to get Diego's birth certificate today and let Callie play in the new waterfront park and fountain the County put in downtown. We had a picnic snack and played on the fountains. It was really fun and it's a great park, I'm sure we will be back soon!

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