It's been a little bit since I wrote about little miss CGR. I know I have tossed out little things here and there but what's up with my little girl! Let's see...where do I begin? My little girl is a skinny minny! She just had her 18 month apt yesterday and she is finally over the 20 lb mark by 1 oz. I've never been worried about her weight but she has always been really low on the weight percentages, not that I think those really matter, but as a mom you get asked a lot what percentage is she. I think as long as she looks healthy and not missing any milestones then she is great!
When we found out she was allergic to milk, my doctor was concerned about her getting enough fat in her diet because fat helps with brain development. Hence for a while, every time we saw her she recommended giving her more fries and fatty foods. I never thought that was the answer. While we do give her fries if we are having them, we increase her fats in other ways such as by sauteing in olive oil more often and giving her more good fats. I restrict her sugars as much as possible since that is not a way to increase fats in her food as that is just sugar not fat. She did get a special treat of a lollipop after her shots yesterday!
Feeding her has sometimes been a challenge when out and about in new places, but I always bring backups in my diaper bag just in case and online allergy menus are awesome. A big challenge is making it clear when we are around new people that they really can't offer anything unless they ask us first. We always have to check ingredients because even things that you wouldn't think would have milk in them...do! For example, Special K had bought some salt and pepper chips and she wanted some so he gave her a couple...well...shortly after she started getting hives because it had milk in it. You wouldn't think salt and pepper chips would have milk but you always have to check because they sneak milk into so many things!
The doctors, both her allergy and pediatrician, have decided we are done with food challenge testing. Where we give her the foods she might have reaction to and see if she reacts. We did milk at a year and then the baked egg. The baked egg was a go but the milk was definitely not. She reacted to it within 5 minutes and had to give her benadryl, which is our lifesaver! From here the plan is to wait until after she is 2 and do a full allergy screening with the allergy doctor. He pretty much told me since she is my daughter that he's sure she's going to have lots of allergies and that he wants her to go through 2 allergy seasons before we do a test. At that time, we'll test both foods and environmental allergies. We already know she's allergic to dogs too so that is a bummer.
It sucks to know that I passed down my allergies to her, but considering that almost all my sisters and their kids all go to the same allergy doctor...it's not a surprise. She is the only one who has the food allergies and with her allergy lingering longer she may not grow out of those allergies for a long time. We've managed them pretty well so far and I think we'll do fine. Will be harder once she goes on to pre-school because I know peanut butter is prevalent in kids diets and peanuts is something we haven't ever considered testing as that is a bad allergy. But we'll tackle that when we get there.
I started this post thinking I'd talk about her talking more and silliness but I guess we'll start with all her allergies and then next post about her I'll go into more fun stuff. :) Stay tuned for that to come.
Do you have any food allergies? Kids with food allergies? How do you manage them?