Saturday, June 13, 2009

Allergy update

Ugh, poor Ethan. I've found myself saying that more often lately.

I introduced eggs. Ethan had a reaction. He was healed from that and I was looking forward to introducing wheat. I decided to wait until we returned from a vacation to Arizona.

Unfortunately while we were on vacation a relative must have used butter or cooking spray when preparing chicken :( That night Ethan woke up screaming and had terrible (mucousy) diapers. Ugh. I feel like we're back at square one. His diapers seem to be improving but his eczema is OUT OF CONTROL. I've read that as a child grows allergies start showing symptoms more on the skin. He has huge, red patches on his face and head. It looks incredibly uncomfortable. We have previously tried Aquaphor on his eczema and while it appeared to soothe the patches, it didn't clear them. Next we tried California Baby Calendula cream. That cream was working well to soothe and even clear some patches but I had to apply it more than 3 times a day to see those results. I'm hoping to find something more effective.

We met with a new pediatrician last week and are really happy with him so far. He referred us to a pediatric allergist who we'll see in July. The new pedi suggested just letting the air help heal E's eczema. So far it seems to be getting worse with that approach. The pedi also gave us a prescription for a non steroid cream. We will try that this week.

Other than his allergies, Ethan is doing REALLY well. My monster child is in the 90th percentile for weight, height, and head circumference. He is a BIG boy at nearly 18 pounds.

Some snacks/sweets that I've been eating recently:

Clif's Kids Organic Twisted Fruit, Real Fruit Rope. They are YUMMY! They have a serving of fruit, no allergens, and actually help me feel full. Fantastic to bring along for a snack on the go.

Stretch Island Fruit Co The Original Fruit Leather. Similar as above.

Yummy Earth Organic Candy Drops - great to have candy since I can't have mints/gum.

Cherrybrook Kitchen pancake and chocolate cake mixes. I used olive oil and real vanilla extract. Not as great as a regular choc cake but good!

Enjoy Life Foods chocolate bars. There is one with crispy rice in it and it's like a Nestle Crunch bar!!

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I follow your blog. My baby has eczema too - many parallels. I don't like Aquafor or Eucerin. I think Vanicream lotion is better - ask your ped. You can order Vanicream at the pharmacy from Walmart/Walgreens. I also tried the CA Baby shampoo. I'll stay w/that shampoo for now since it's easy on the eyes, but for the body, I will stick with the free & clear products of Vanicream/PSI. Sometimes there is a secondary infection to the eczema. Staph, etc. Getting some sun helps as UVB has anti-bac property. I don't think chocolate helps with their eczema. I'm eating a lot of the same things you are eating! Still staying dairy free. And, avoiding gluten as much as possible.