When my youngest daughter Tesla was about three months old she was itching very bad and her body was looking all red. She also had her days and nights confused, so it was a tough time to try to get her back on a day and night schedule. A lot of people were telling me it looked a lot like eczema. I took her in to the doctor right away and they gave her a prescription, which didn’t work. Finally they sent her to see a dermatologist. The dermatologist knew right away that she had eczema and prescribed her some medicine. It also turned out that she had staff infection, so they made sure she got treated right away. Luckily nothing bad happened from the infection and it cleared up quick. They also tested her to see if she had any allergies, because it’s common for kids with eczema to have allergies. It was a struggle for us to take her to see the dermatologist all the time because they wanted to see her so often and it was about 1 1/2 hours just to get there. We were very happy with the dermatologist though, so we had no problems having to drive that far.
Thankfully with all of her medicine, it started to clear up. Of course she was still very itchy, so I had to make sure to keep her names trimmed and filed down. I felt so bad that this poor baby couldn’t stop itching and there wasn’t much I could do about it. It was harder to control her itching as she started to grow up. When she was a baby I would usually put socks on her hands to help her stop itching. I kept her in onsies as long as I could and had her wear pants so that it was harder for her to get to places where she could itch.
Once those test results came back for my daughter and allergies, they told let us know what she was allergic to. It turned out that she was allergic to dairy, whey, nuts, eggs, dogs and cats. I was breastfeeding at the time, which meant I would have to cut out all of these foods from my diet until she was one and could start drinking soy milk. It became very hard for me, and I thought soy formula was going to be our best option. It turns out that it worked best for both of us, so I stopped breastfeeding and had her on the soy formula. About a year later I had her tested again, and it turned out that she wasn’t allergic to nuts or eggs anymore. That was a huge relief for my husband and I. That meant we could slowly introduce those foods to her…and she loved them!
My daughter is now 4 years old and she’ll turn 5 in November. She has had allergy tests each year, and just recently (about a month ago) we took her in for one of the scratch tests. It had turned out that it said she was still allergic to dairy. Since I told the doctor she has had some dairy by accident and nothing happened, she wanted to see her again in a month for what’s called a baked milk challenge. This is just where she eats a cupcake with dairy in it. I had to make the cupcakes and make sure I used 2% dairy milk. I brought them in for the test, which was just yesterday. (8/11/15) She had 5 pieces of the cupcake every 15 minutes. Each time she had a piece it was a bigger piece until she had the whole cupcake. Luckily nothing happened after each of the 15 minutes. We had to wait another 45 minutes after the test was done just in case something may have happened. I had my father come with me since my husband was working, so we all walked around the hospital til the 45 minutes was up. We were so excited to see that nothing had happened! The doctor told us how happy she was for us and that we could now start Tesla on some dairy products. As long as the dairy ingredient wasn’t 1st or 2nd on the list of ingredients, she was good to try them out. Now for 6 months we continue to let her have some products like that with dairy in them and then she’ll come back for another test. In six months she’s going to have another challenge where she will actually drink dairy milk. If all goes well she’ll be able to have all dairy products.
My husband and I are so thrilled that she can start having some products with dairy in them. She’ll be starting preschool in September, so we are still going to have her bring in her own lunch for the first six months. We are hoping that the next test goes over well and that she will completely grow out of this milk allergy. Those of you with children that have any allergies know how tough this can be on a child. My daughter knows exactly what she can and can’t have, so I’m very thankful for how smart she is about it all. She’s so excited to be able to try out some products with dairy in them. Her eyes lit up when she passed the test and was told she can start trying out some products that had dairy in them. We’re excited for her next test to see how that goes. I will definitely keep you all updated on how she does with the dairy in the next six months and when her next test comes as well.