A newer development is our concern for Sadie and her food allergies. We know she has a few foods that cause hives, itching, etc. and the dreaded peanut that is life-threatening, but there seems to be more to it.
For the past couple of months we have been going through a few weeks of her being healthy, and then as soon as she goes into the nursery or play dates, she gets sick for a couple weeks. It’s been a vicious cycle. Our last bout of sickness was Croup. Scary and not fun. At all. She’s simultaneously been fighting major flare ups with eczema that don’t ever seem to be healing completely.
After meeting with a Natropath Nutritionist a couple weeks ago, she thought her immune system was low having to constantly be fighting off food allergies instead of being able to fight other illness she should otherwise be able to contend with.
After hearing my history of food allergies/asthma and Sadie’s record thus far, she strongly urged me to at least do a trial of eliminating Wheat and Dairy to find some answers.
I feel like I’ve been as proactive as possible to do everything we can to prevent allergies:
- I exclusively breastfed until she naturally weaned at 17 months
- I introduced solids at 6 months
- I didn’t introduce dairy or other high risk allergens until after 1 year
- I use no chemical cleaners in our home, etc.
Regardless of the steps we’ve taken so far, nothing seems to be doing the trick for Sadie’s eczema. It’s painful for her, and it’s making her beautiful, soft baby skin red, raw, and scratchy.
I’ve been reluctant to go Dairy Free and Wheat Free for the following reasons:
- It pretty much means cleaning out my pantry and starting from scratch.
- It makes groceries more expensive.
- It means I need to learn a lot of new recipes that used to be easy staples in my house and let’s face it…the more pregnant I get, the more tired I get.
- Eating out or social gatherings will be much more tricky with a toddler who already has a running list of things she has to avoid.
But honestly, I have no other options. I have to try something to make her better. All the lotions and potions can help relieve the pain and itching, but until I get to the root cause of her problem, she will never really have relief.
So the next month, we’ve decided will be an experiment to see if there is any change. If things get remotely better, we will continue on. If it’s obvious those are the culprits, we’ll be making the permanent change.
The past 2 weeks we have severely limited her Dairy intake and have already seen a dramatic difference, but not enough to feel like we found the root.
So if you know of any fun toddler recipes or GF or DF food finds, let me know!
In the meantime, here is our first Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free menu:
- Chicken Tarragon, Brown Rice, Roasted Asparagus
- Quinoa Stir-fry
- Baked Turkey Taquitos (corn tortillas) & Guacamole
- Salmon Fish Tacos, Black Beans & Corn
- Penne Arrabiatta with Brown Rice Pasta