After way too many unsuccessful elimination diet trial-and-error runs, we decided it was time to test our son for the top 8 allergens. I was hesitant to test him, because the thought of needles powing into his back scared me. I read that it wasn’t too painful, but you never really know how good Google advice is. I knew it was time, however, when my diet consisted of mainly rice, chicken, and toast daily. We needed some variety back in our diet, but I was scared he was reacting to many of the top 8 allergens.
My son’s food issues started back around week 6 or 7, when I noticed he was having consistently green stools. This continued–and still occurs in week 24. In addition, he was getting a little bit of blood in his stools at least once a week. I have an oversupply issue (You can read more about this and green stools in my previous blog posts.) so I attributed the green stools to that. After getting my supply under control (for the most part), I noticed that certain foods made him fussier/have blood in his stool. He also started having eczema all over his body. This is when I started a marathon elimination diet. I was already eliminating wheat from my diet, so I cut out dairy and soy, as well. I didn’t notice a change, but I read that many babies with green stool have a milk-soy protein intolerance, so I never added these back in. He still wasn’t improving, but I should mention that none of this was affecting his moods. He was a super happy baby through all the green stools. I then tried eliminating nuts, corn, and eggs, as I thought one of those may be the culprit. Unfortunately I was unable to pinpoint exactly what was causing him issues. I did notice that when I would re-introduce nuts, he would become extremely fussy. This fussiness was much more than what was normal for him. This is when I decided to get him tested for food allergies. We wanted to start solids soon, but I didn’t want him to have a reaction to something and not be prepared.
My son’s allergy appointment went better than expected, but we still don’t have all of the answers we need. That morning, he skipped his nap, so I was worried how this would affect the two-hour doctor visit. He did great. No crying during any of the visit. He took the needle pricks like a champ! We tested him for corn, soy, milk, wheat, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and eggs. They all came back negative! I was so relieved he didn’t have any true allergies, but this didn’t mean he was in the clear. Food sensitivities don’t show up on an allergy test. While he may not be allergic to any of these foods, we have some work to do to figure out if he is sensitive to any of these foods. For now, I’m still leaving out gluten, dairy, and soy, but will add back in corn, nuts, and eggs gradually to see how he reacts. I am hoping he outgrows these possible sensitivities soon or at least determine with accuracy what foods affect the little man.
Picture: Little man’s back right after the skin prick test.