December 29, 2011

Never say final

So I guess that I was wrong when I said that my daughter 'outgrew' her food allergies.  Yes, she was able to drink cow's milk and eat eggs.  But little did I know that our journey was not over.

At age 3 her growth stats showed a sharp decline in the height percentages.  Her weight percentages had always been low.  So we did more blood work, a celiac panel, stool sample, urine sample and it all came back normal.  The GI doc looked at her history of food allergies and recommended that we do an upper GI scope.  That scope showed that she had eosinophilic esophagitis.  

So her poor appetite was all because it actually HURT to eat.  Poor baby!

A year later we are doing great.  She had to have skin prick testing and food allergy patch testing.  Then we started a new elimination diet.  For her it was soy and rye.  Fifteen weeks later the second upper GI scope came back perfectly normal.  The diet changes worked, the inflammation was resolved, and I am happy to report that my daughter actually eats.

September 7, 2010

Final Post

As far as I know my family is now allergy free. H has had peanut butter with no reaction. E has had everything but peanuts/tree nuts. I need to ask my pediatrician when I can introduce these. I am guessing age 2.

Thanks for reading!

April 23, 2010

Great inspirational story

Linked here is a great inspirational story regarding breastfeeding and food allergies.

Yes, you can figure out what your baby is allergic to via an elimination diet!

Yes, the diet is hard!

Yes, the bond that nursing provides and the nutrition of breastmilk is worth it!

April 5, 2010

Introducing Yogurt

As far as I know, baby E is not allergic to cow's milk protein. However, she has never been exposed to it either. I eliminated milk, eggs, and peanuts/nuts from my diet in my 8th month of pregnancy. And then I never added it back. At 3 weeks of age I learned that baby E was sensitive to soy milk in my breast milk. It caused her to have stomach pains and spit-up. Knowing that 30% of individuals with milk allergy also have a soy allergy, I decided not to try cow's milk at all.

Well baby E is now 8 months old. She has been eating rice cereal since 5 months and fruits/veggies since 6 months. She loves food! I felt like it was time to challenge her with both soy and milk again and look for any sensitivities. However, I wanted to give it to her instead of eating it myself. I figured that if she had a reaction it would show up quicker than if she had gotten the milk via breast milk and the reaction would be more pronounced making it easier to identify. So over the past week I have been giving her about 1 tablespoon of cow's milk yogurt each day with her lunch. We are at day 6 with no reactions, no problems, and no changes in the appearance of her poop or skin. I am hopeful that she will continue to tolerate cow's milk protein as I look forward to eating pizza again.

I will challenge her with soy products next month.

March 23, 2010

Probiotics for Infantile Colic

Colic is a common problem noted in infants in the first 3 months. Studies show that it affects as many as 1/3 of babies. Yet, despite research, there is still no known cause.

For H, her colicky symptoms decreased markedly when I eliminated some key foods from my diet. I believe that for her, colic was the first sign of food allergies.

I have heard of using probiotics in infants with colic and acid reflux but have no personal experience with it. A friend of mine shared this article with me. It discusses the use of probiotics in breastfed infants that show signs of colic. After 28 days the infants receiving probiotics cried significantly less than those receiving only simethocone. Very interesting!

March 5, 2010


I recently learned about the website AllergyEats is an interactive website and blog that allows users to find allergy friendly restaurants based on location. Check out the website and tell me what you think about it?

Here is some info from the site-

AllergyEats was 20 months in the making and lists over 600,000 restaurants that can be searched geographically and are sorted based on the restaurant’s level of “allergy friendliness.” This rating is derived from fellow food allergy and intolerant diners who choose to rate the restaurants by answering 3 simple questions. Diners also have the opportunity to add comments to their quantitative ratings as well.

This rating is derived from fellow food allergy and intolerant diners who choose to rate the restaurants by answering 3 simple questions. Diners also have the opportunity to add comments to their quantitative ratings as well.

As a standalone restaurant database, AllergyEats is a useful tool for locating places to dine. In addition, however, I have included features such as allergen information, gluten-free menus, industry certifications, and other relevant information where available. The site will grow in value for those with food allergies or intolerances as more restaurants are rated and comments posted.

February 8, 2010

Red Robin Burgers

I recently tried dining at a new restaurant (at least for us) with food allergies. Red Robin is a nationwide burger chain restaurant and I have been craving a good burger. First I checked their website. Under frequently asked questions they do address food allergies with the following statement.

For a number of core Red Robin menu items offered in all of our restaurants
we are able to provide our Guests with allergen information on a number of
common food allergies. This information provides options for items that you can
order to meet your special dietary needs.To download Wheat/Gluten allergen
information and a list of recommended menu items
click here.To obtain
other allergen-specific menu information, you can send a request to us via our
"Contact Us" option by submitting a "General Inquiry" or
click here.

I e-mailed them to receive the allergen-specific food menu and I found it to be very helpful. They had recommendations for each of the top 8 allergens. I just cross referenced milk and soy and was easily able to find a good burger option to try.

Once at the restaurant the server was able to easily accommodate my requests. My husband and I happened to order the same burger and fries. However, mine did not have the red robin seasoning and, of course, no cheese. When the food was delivered and questioned the server to make sure I had received the right one. She pointed out that my meal was delivered in a yellow basket instead of a red basket. A yellow basket is used for all special request meals for food allergies. I liked that!