Well, this week started off with a scary start. I know that the verdict is out on eggs and whether or not they’re okay to give to your child before they reach 12 months. Well, Monday was the third time Monkey had eaten eggs, and he ended up having an allergic reaction. He broke out in a red rash around his face with some welts mixed in, and then vomited two hours after eating the egg.
Of course, I’m over here doing all of this googling and I’m getting all scared that he’s going to go into anaphylaxis! I called the pediatrician (whom we happened to have our 9 month well baby visit with later that day) and they told me just to monitor him until our appointment. In the end, he was fine, but we had some blood testing done yesterday to check for the other big allergens: wheat, dairy and soy. I already know that he’s got at least some sensitivity to dairy and as a result, I’ve been dairy free for the last 8 months. I’m also aware that the testing isn’t considered accurate until age 2, but the pediatrician thought it would be a good idea to see if he tests positive for the others right now.
I’ll admit that I’ve been pretty lax in my diet lately, and honestly, I haven’t been as good as I should be with Monkey’s either. He’s been such a picky eater when it comes to solids, so when he liked eggs so much, it was like a glimmer of light and I was really excited. Poor thing, though…won’t be getting eggs again for a LONG time. Ever since Monday, I’ve been talking with Monkey’s new pediatrician, his old pediatrician from Portland, and my lactation consultant. Together, we’ve come up with a plan to get him and I both eating healthy foods that don’t include any of the big allergen triggers.
+ organic frozen fruit (I happened to have mangos)
+ 1/2 an organic avocado
+ 1 teaspoon of organic black strap molasses (good source of iron!)
+ 2 cups of organic coconut milk (can use 1 cup water, 1 cup coconut milk)
+ 2 tablespoons of organic hemp protein powder – I like Manitoba Harvest
I wasn’t so sure as to how it would taste, but I was very impressed! And the picky little one loved it. He ate probably 3-4 tablespoons and I enjoyed the rest. This super smoothie is packed full of nutrition including lots of protein and healthy fats for Monkey (and me!)…and the best part is that it is completely free of dairy and soy!
Have you dealt with food allergies with your kids? Care to share your story in the comments? This is all new to me – non one in my family, or Brian’s have had any food allergies. I’m wondering if this is something he’ll end up growing out of. I’d also love to hear your tips in going allergen free and any links to allergen free recipes, or paleo friendly sites would be great too!July 18, 2012
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