It all started several months ago when I noticed that she would get a rash around her mouth every time she'd eat yogurt. I'd take her off of it for a time and then try again. We did this for a while and then she didn't get the rash anymore. One time I gave her some mac-n-cheese (which she spilled all over herself) and it gave her a rash - so she didn't get any more of that kid staple.
More recently, we noticed eczema type rashes all over her body. We (me, my family as well as her doctor) thought that it was probably due to the weather change. I changed up our shower routine, a new specialty lotion and it went away.
Finally, last week she had a severe reaction to some cottage cheese. I got REALLY nervous. Hives, swollen eyes and all. Thankfully, after a few minutes it subsided, but it was the sign I needed to push my doctor a little further into allergy testing. Last Wednesday we went and got the allergy blood test to confirm what we already thought to be true, she is allergic to milk. (Which, by the way, is a whole other sob story. Ugh, holding your sweet innocent baby down while they stick needles into her...we were both crying!)
(Now funny enough, Lil' Miss will spit milk back out at you, so we never got a clue about her allergy from milk. She just plain does not like it! I've even tried all kinds of flavors: chocolate, strawberry, almond (plain and flavored) and even soy (plain and flavored) all with the same results.)
From the beginning she's had other issues such as acid reflux, GERD, asthma and ear infections. Now I am hoping and praying that they are all due to her allergy. (Maybe we can finally get rid of her nebulizer!)
We are headed to the allergy doctor tomorrow in hopes of further diagnosis and explanation of life from here on out.
As usual, I got right on the internet and have found many milk-free resources online. Like this awesome one, GoDairyFree.com
Studies show that approximately 60% of infants allergic to cow’s milk will “outgrow” the allergy by the age of 4, 80% by the age of 6.
Let's just pray that Lil' Miss is one of the 80% that outgrows her allergy.
Do you know of any good resources or food substitutes for her allergy?
Let the milk-free fun begin!
Always ~ Momma Goose