I apologize for the absence, friends. The 4th of July is a busy holiday here! Plus we spent some time on Mackinac Island a couple days ago – both Logan’s AND Brad’s first time!
Today I thought I’d share Logan’s story. When we talk about food allergies, it is a common misconception that food allergies = anaphylaxis or GI upset. This is not always the case.
As previously mentioned, I pinpointed Logan’s dairy allergy shortly after he turned one. He had no problem with my breast milk. We had to transition him to formula at about 4 months due to supply issues and had no issue with basic formula.
But whoa – cows milk created a world of trouble.
His skin erupted in excema first. Then he started having massive diarrhea. He was still hungry and we couldn’t figure out what the heck was going on.
I spoke with a registered dietitian I worked with and she helped me trial transitioning off of milk and onto almond milk. We also stopped cheese and yogurt. Like magic, his skin cleared up and his diarrhea stopped. We tried to add back the cheese and yogurt, to no avail.
So, Logan was totally and completely dairy-free.
Fast forward to January of 2017. Logan had switched to cashew milk because he preferred it, but had otherwise been dairy-free. He occasionally snagged a bite of cheese or had a cracker or piece of bread that contained milk, and had little issue with that.
But he was sick. All. The. Time. In fact, he had so many ear infections that our family doctor referred him to ENT, where he was promptly scheduled for tubes.
The doctor also offered allergy testing while he was in the OR. So we thought, why not?
Logan and Brad before surgery:
Everything came back negative – except dairy, soy, and peanut.
I was shocked but at the same time, it made sense. His constant runny nose, his cough, the sneezing.
Which brought me here, with all of you.
For a concise list of signs and symptoms of food allergies, click here.
My point here is this – food allergies do not discriminate. There are different levels of “allergic” ranging from mild to anaphylaxis. And if someone tells you their child or themselves has a food allergy, please take them seriously.
Next up, an English muffin French toast recipe. Watch for it this weekend!