Eczema, allergies and Mom takes one for the team

I wrote a few weeks ago that the eczema on The Boy’s skin was getting out of control. Well, after meeting with a pediatrician and getting some blood work done, it looks like the final verdict is allergies. Just a few.

Wheat…Soy…Dairy…Eggs…Peanuts.

Wow. This is gonna change a few things.

Being exclusively breastfed means that Mom has had to, um, alter her diet a tad to bring it in line with our new reality, which is going to be tough. Rice is her best friend, at least for the next 2 weeks until she gets so sick of the stuff that she starts firebombing Chinese restaurants out of spite.

The good news is that 80% of babies will grow out of most of the allergies (the one exception is peanuts, which is around 20%), so hopefully this is not something that will continue much past his third birthday. And, with a diet that will consist of virtually no processed foods, lots of fruit, veg and protein, chances are we will all eat a little bit healthier because of it.

I’m in awe of my wife. Not once has she even considered that she would stop breastfeeding, knowing full well that breastfeeding is one of the best things she can do to give The Boy a fighting chance and help him grow out of all this. She has decided that the temporary inconvenience of giving up cheese, milk, bread, soy, ice cream, *insert any favorite food here* is minor compared to the benefits of breastfeeding.

It actually seems fitting that this is all happening around Mothers Day. After all, Mothers Day is when we celebrate all those unselfish acts that Mom undertook on our behalf to make us better people. And my wife is living it right now. And I’m very proud of her.

8 responses to “Eczema, allergies and Mom takes one for the team

  1. Kudos to your wife for continuing to breastfeed! It does get easier to find stuff to eat that’s tasty, and you come up with some pretty good recipes for yourself, too. Quick tip: The best allergy cookbook out there is called “Food Allergy Survival Guide.” Also make sure to join the Parents of Food Allergic Kids forums — TONS of great advice and support there — http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/

    (Plus if she doesn’t breastfeed, the formula option for your baby is super-expensive, and loaded with chemicals. Blech.)

  2. Thanks for the tips! The website looks very useful and I’m going to hunt out that book…might be appropo to include that with her Mothers Day gift if I can find it quick enough.

  3. We’re pros at this over at the philosopher family. The Curious Boy was diagnosed with Bovine Protein Intolerance at 4 weeks old. His mom breastfed exclusively until he was 10 months old. The formula is super expensive and revolting, but it is not loaded with all kinds of horrible things. Don’t let the lactivist guilt get to your wife if she finds it too tough after a while.

    There is a psyiological difference between allergy and intolerance, and though the two words are often used interchangably they are not the same. Your boy has an intolerance… I must admit that I often used the term allergy when explaining this to people.

    We found tons of stuff that could be eaten..
    One example: soy lecithin, which is in almost every prepared food will NOT irritate the boy, so it can be eaten safely. We spent a lot of time talking to a pediatric allergist. If you have questions PLEASE let me know.

  4. Thanks for your comments and support Michael.

    It looks our little guy has allergies and not just an intolerance. Our Pediatrician was quite clear that these were allergies, which is a reaction by the immune system to certain proteins in foods. Intolerance, on the other hand, usually does not involve the immune system and is often caused by compounds other than the proteins in the food – like lactose in dairy or gluten in wheat.

    At least, that is how I understood the differences, but I know it is a confusing subject re) intolerance vs. allergy.

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  6. I find out that breast fed children are more healthier than other children. Your wife did the right thing. Some children have food allergy up to a certain age, after which it disappears.

  7. That's the advice we have been given/discovered from every health and dietary professional we have consulted and all the research we have done. Breast feed for as long as possible. It is the best chance you can give your child to outgrow their allergy.

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