I have not written for so long because so much has happened that has been out of my control. My sweet at-the-time 7 month old had a severe allergic reaction to peanut butter. I was dipping an apple in peanut butter and she got a small amount on her finger and brought it to her mouth. The results were scary. Her lip grew about 3 inches, her face broke out in hives and I thought she was actually wheezing. She could barely see because her eyes had swollen so much. She was not okay and neither was I. We rushed to the ER and when they saw her, they admitted her immmediately. Thankfully she was breathing fine and we just had to get the swelling down. The ER doctor said in the 30+ years of practicing he had not seen a baby so young have such a bad allergic reaction. Since then I have done a lot of research and yes, crying. We have gone through one doctor/allergist and we are on to another. I am frantically searching for answers. She still suffers from terrible excema on her cheek and chin and I have been pinpointing foods she reacts to. Her reactions range from hives, itchy face/ears, runny nose to terrible stomach pain. Since I am still breastfeeding, I have eliminated sugar, legumes, gluten, and dairy. We also cannot have strawberries and apples so far. It has been a challenging journey and it is not over. To all those moms out there that have children with allergies and diet issues, I am beginning to understand just how hard it can be. Outside of losing weight, nothing about this experience has been fun. I so desperately want my daughter to heal and I want to find the cause of the allergies, not just a new cream or medicine. Right now gut health is where I am going to focus my energies and she will get an allergy test tomorrow. She is still such a happy baby and I am so grateful she is mine. Now to keep fighting for her health and well-being.
I hope you are all well.