Mommyhood

Allergy Update

I mentioned in my last post that I would give you all an update on our recent trip to the allergist. We had an appointment about three weeks ago to re-test her milk protein allergy to see if she’s started to outgrow it or not. During the visit, we also asked to discuss asthma with the Doctor since she has had four episodes this past fall/winter of wheezing, shortness of breath, etc.

I grew up with severe asthma, as did my mother. My older brother has more sports-induced, but my younger brother does not have it.

Anyways, we went to the appointment and started with the possible asthma diagnosis. Turns out they did diagnose her with asthma (not too shocked). Based on some of the parameters, children need to show one of the following signs: need for steroids at least once in last six months, episodes of wheezing, need for albuterol and noticeable difference after using it.

Guess what! Charlie hit all three of those. She was actually given steroids all four times she was sick, as well as albuterol neb treatments, and in some cases an antibiotic as well.

So we are now on a preventative medication. They gave us the option of an inhaler with a spacer or nebs and I decided to do the nebs since she’s much better at taking those and I feel the medicine actually gets in better that way. So we give a neb in the morning and before bed. She seems to be doing well. We’ll go back in three months to check-up. If she’s doing well, she may not need them during the summer, but will probably need to start them back up in the fall as fall/winter are the worst months for triggers, such as viral that we’ve seen with her.

So next we discussed the allergy tests. In addition to the milk protein numbers to check, we also had them check for eggs and peanuts. We were told last year when she was diagnosed with the milk allergy to avoid these two things because we have a history of egg allergy in the family (my older brother and grandfather), and peanuts seem to be a more common child food allergy. Since we were told to avoid these, we decided to check just to see if we really needed to or if she did have an actual allergy to them.

So we went and had her blood drawn (she didn’t cry at all and watched the whole thing!).

The results. Not what I wanted to hear/see.

She is still highly allergic to the milk protein. She is a “Class 5 – Strongly Positive” based on her IgE levels (she’s at 96.3 and the top of the level is 99.9).

She is a “Class 4 – Strongly Positive” for egg white allergen. Strongly positive is between 17.5 – 49.9 and she is a 28. They did note that we could come back in six months to re-check this.

For peanuts, she is “Class 3 – Positive”. Positive levels are between 3.5 – 17.4 and she is a 5.42. I’m hoping since she’s on the lower end of this that she will outgrow this one.

So we are continuing to avoid all three and the nurse made sure to ask if we have an EpiPen. Which we have multiple and hope to never have to use. I saw a recent article that said these are actually the top 3 child food allergies.

It definitely makes cooking and eating out more difficult, but I’m glad we’re able to find this information out to avoid any bad reactions. My biggest concern is the fact that she eats table food and is able to reach a lot of things now. She doesn’t understand yet that certain foods will make her sick, so it’s really up to us and others to be aware when there’s food around with her and to keep these items out of her reach. She always wants what you’re eating, so we try to only eat things she can have when she’s around.

I need to start looking up more vegan-type recipes to try since we’re limited. If anyone has any good recipes void of dairy, eggs and peanuts, please send them my way!

Luckily there are a lot more options at the grocery story in the health/organic section and substitutes are easy. She is definitely a healthy eater because of this. Not many options for sweets are available, and those that are available are healthier options.

So that’s our long-winded update. I really hope she outgrows many/all of these health issues.

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