As you may have read in my previous post we have dealt with a lot of diagnoses in the past year for our son. One thing I didn’t being up was all of the allergy testing and testing for a possible food intolerance that was being done at the same time. In early February 2018 Raiden broke out in a couple of hives which quickly turned to hives all over. Nothing kept them away and we couldn’t find anything new in his diet or environment at the time.
His new pediatrician in March sent us off to have him tested for allergies. His panel came back inconclusive and we just gave in to the idea of having him take liquid Children’s Zyrtec daily. It wasn’t a fun task as he hates taking medicine so I had to sneak it into drinks constantly. He took Zyrtec from early March until July non-stop when all of a sudden all of his symptoms were gone. He was no longer itchy and the hives weren’t coming back.
Nothing had changed aside from the season and weather so our best bet is that it is/was some sort of seasonal allergy. That time of year is around the corner again and I have begun being hyper aware of every little bump and mark on him because I want to catch the hives as early as possible to make sure he doesn’t have to suffer from the hives and itchiness, like I did as a child.
One allergy issue wasn’t enough; he needed a food intolerance, too.
We thought we were in the clear for months, but when I started taking Raiden to my holistic doctor in November for his speech problems I learned that he was showing signs of a food intolerance or allergy to something that he was eating. This made me so sad. I hated to think that I had been feeding him something that was making him sick.
So two weeks before Thanksgiving and my sister’s wedding we cut dairy from his diet. It was the best and worst decision ever. We struggled so hard to keep him dairy-free, but it was near impossible as family gatherings and the wedding. I honestly thought he would be okay with a little because he had been eating so much cheese before this, but I was wrong. I was so wrong.
His poor tummy just can’t handle it and my little guy is just miserable for days after having even the smallest of pieces of cheese. Thankfully with the holidays over it has been much easier to keep the cheese away. We no longer have any in the home and we avoid eating take-out that has cheese in or on it as well.
It’s an adjustment as we now struggle with going out for Mexican or Pizza with my family because my little almost 3 year old just doesn’t understand why everyone else can have cheese and he can’t. I try my damndest to not have anyone eat it in front of him because it was his favorite food and I feel like it’s just torture to not be able to have your favorite food when it’s right in front of you.
And all of this here is why my son is now diary-free and we are now a family living with a child with whom has a food intolerance. No he won’t die if he eats dairy, but it certainly wrecks havoc on his body and that is enough to make me turn into a “helicopter” mom.