I posted before how we were struggling with Zane’s allergies. When we first found out about his allergies , I was in disbelief that he had so many allergies. I was worried and agitated simultaneously. I thought to myself, how am I going to handle two toddlers, one who can eat anything and one who is so limited on what he could eat.
The hardest transition for us thus far was eliminating peanut butter from the house. Hayley is an extremely picky eater and peanut butter/jelly was her food staple everyday. She had to eat at least a half of container in the matter of 2 weeks, by herself. When we told her the peanut butter needed to be “sent” away, she was confused and angry at me. Once I sat down and explained how it could make Zane really sick, she understood and was supportive. It was very hard to get her to eat much the first few weeks, since she relied on peanut butter so much. She is the pickiest eater so everyday is a challenge. I think we have gotten over the hump and recently have been giving her soybean butter which is a nice substitute for her.
Anyway, this past Wednesday, we headed up to the allergist to see if we were allowed to give Zane milk. Zane tested positive on the skin test for dairy but negative on the blood test. I am so happy to report that we got the green light to give him milk. When I first gave him a couple of tablespoons at home, he spit it right back at me. Since then, he doesn’t take to milk as well as I anticipated, but he is all over goats milk. I have no idea why I picked that up, but I did and he LOVES it! I guess whatever works is fine with me!
At the appointment, we were also told that we need to switch his medicine for his terrible eczema. He does take about 3 different lotion ointments three times daily, but he was still suffering with his itchiness. He would wake up bleeding from scratching so badly and that is with having footed pajamas on. Unfortunately from scratching so much, he got a skin staph infection. Luckily I caught the abnormality on the skin early and brought him in. He is now on an antibiotic for the infection and in the last few days, it has looked much better. He is also on much harsher medicines for the eczema but only for a limited time. Hopefully in another week or so, we can go back to his old skin medicines. We shall see!
Thanks for all the support on his allergies. I had people e-mailing me suggestions of foods for him to eat and snacks that would be good for him to have despite his allergies. I thank you all very much! I will update you all in another month or so.