nursing and food sensitivities

Getting to the Bottom of Your Child’s Food Sensitivities

June 18, 2012

SweetPea is almost 10 weeks old, and we’re finally getting to the bottom of her food sensitivities. I wrote about my elimination diet a few weeks back here {Elimination Diet: SweetPea Protests Something in My Breastmilk}, and have written on our son’s eczema here {Dry Winter Skin} and here {Infant Eczem: The Scourge of Winter} and about his allergies here {What Do You Do When You Find Out Your Toddler Has a Peanut Allergy}. SuperBoy is also allergic to eggs, but I’ll write about that separately. After following a strict elimination diet that meant I ate chicken, fruit, veggies, Udi’s gluten-free granola, and a variety of rice products, and then carefully and watchfully reintroducing foods one at a time, we know the culprit. Not to draw it out, but to clarify, she had a terrible rash and open, oozy sores on her face, neck, and chest. This was not a question of whether or not her nighttime fussies were food related. This was watching my daughter’s face transform from what was beyond painful to clear in a matter of two weeks, with notable improvements in the first week. Corn. That’s what brought back the rash. Corn. And I had been eating lots of organic blue corn chips (my fav) with sharp cheddar melted on top. Lunch, anyone? Add avocado and it’s practically a health nut salad 🙂 So, moral of the story: do a clean diet if you want to learn with accuracy. I would have guessed traces of dairy, but only by reintroducing…

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