Ada’s Food Allergies.
On Thursday Ada had her allergist appointment.
For the past few months her she’s been crying day and night that her stomach hurts so badly and she’s had tons of gas.
At first I thought it was because we let her try a few things with milk every now and then. She’s allergic to milk! She was also getting migraines several times a week. Totally not normal in a four year old! It broke my heart to see her in so much pain. Sometimes they would even make her throw up.
A friend told me that milk caused her son to have migraines. I would have never guessed that. I stopped let her try bites of food with milk and sure enough the migraines stopped. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
But her belly kept hurting and hurting. :(
Finally I made her an allergy doctor appointment to do retesting. I was thinking maybe she would be allergic to something we’d missed, or maybe she had developed a new food allergy. (Sadly.)
Poor Ada was miserable when the did the skin pricks for the allergy testing. She screamed and cried, and then she couldn’t itch it and it itched so bad during the fifteen minute wait.
At first I thought she wasn’t reacting to anything. They tested for tons of foods and also environmental allergens. As much as would fit on her little back.
Then as the time ticked past more things swelled up.
We ended up with a huge list of foods. Why??
They rank it with + signs. One + is mild. ++ is moderate, and beyond that is more severe. Luckily Ada only had + and ++ foods!
I was very shocked to find that milk was now only + because a couple years ago it was ++! But still the migraine issue from it…I don’t know.
The list of + foods was huge.
The ++ list was a bit shorter, but more concerning.
For the environmental allergies we found she is no longer allergic to dogs or cats. Yay! Last time she was ++ for cats.
She had one + for dust mites (both types), ragweed, early tree mix, and grass mix.
She was ++ for late tree mix.
Overall the environmental allergens aren’t too awful. I guess we can be thankful for that.
Those food allergies. Ugh.
The allergist said we should eliminate everything on the + list along with the ++ list for one full month. Once Ada’s belly feels fine then we could add back things from the + list one at a time, waiting three days to see if there is any reaction for each food.
We can’t add back anything from the ++ list until we wait a year and retest. So no vanilla, cherries, black pepper, or watermelon at all.
I already knew she was allergic to watermelon from the first round of allergy testing a couple years ago. She accidentally ate watermelon in a naturally flavored jelly bean last Easter and broke out in a horrible rash!
I had no idea about vanilla, black pepper, or cherries though. Those are new. She’s been drinking vanilla almond milk! The waffles I make all the time have vanilla in them. She’s been eating vanilla coconut milk yogurt too. I’m wondering if that’s the belly ache culprit. She’s also been eating a lot of white potatoes, which are on the + list.
She loves cherries themselves, as well as cherry flavored foods. I remember now when she threw up at the beach on vacation it was after eating cherry pie. :(
And of course black pepper is in all kinds of random meals….
Ada is an extremely EXTREMELY picky eater. We’ve already been struggling with just getting her to eat protein. Now I have to deal with this whole list of things she can’t eat, along with the endless list of things she just won’t eat.
Lord help me.
She doesn’t like pork, beef, or any kinds of fish. She will only eat chicken nuggets or chicken breast with ketchup, which she can no longer have because she’s allergic to tomatoes. So all of the main meat categories are out. She also won’t eat tofu or any kind of meat subs. Yes, I have tried them.
Thankfully she will eat eggs and she isn’t allergic to them. I can give her hardboiled eggs, and she loves eggs over medium, which she calls folded eggs. It’s only a matter of time before she gets tired of eggs though. (Our chickens started laying for spring this week! They hadn’t laid any eggs in months over winter.)
She’s also not allergic to peanuts or legumes, and she likes peanut butter. Or she did. She’s gotten tired of it recently. She will no longer eat pb&j. Sometimes I can convince her to eat a spoonful of peanut butter, but not always. Since she can’t have yeast then bread is out anyway.
Of course she can’t eat any dairy, so no cheese or anything like that.
She will eat baked beans, refried beans, pinto beans, peas, green beans, corn, grapes, occasionally deli meat turkey, occasionally peanut butter, club crackers, saltine crackers, kix cereal, and honey nut cheerios. That’s it. She was eating potatoes too, but those are now on the no list.
Feeding her is exhausting. It stresses me out.
The good news is that after one day of eliminating vanilla her belly felt better…!!! I’m doing my best to eliminate everything on the + list for 30 days also, but it’s very hard because when she decides she will eat something I don’t want to say no!
I’m trying to watch very carefully what she eats to see if there is any reaction. Yesterday I let her eat french fries from McDonald’s and her belly started hurting again afterward and hurt for the rest of the day and night. Potatoes? They also have milk, but it’s some creepy form that is rumored to have no milk protein. Regardless, no more french fries right now. Maybe later I’ll try plain white potatoes again to narrow it down.
Regardless of how difficult it is to feed this child, I’m glad we have answers. I hated not knowing what was wrong. After eliminating vanilla she looks so much better! She’s much happier, Tyler and I can both tell.
Who in the world is allergic to vanilla?? How random is that?