Motherhood is a little bit different when your child has severe allergies. When my son was born, there really wasn’t anything in any of my pregnancy books about dealing with an infant with severe allergies. So here’s a list items that may be helpful to other moms of allergy babies.
1. Recognizing the signs
|Image from calm-your-screaming-baby.com|
2. Pediatric GI Specialist
|Image from Parents.com|
Surprise mommies! Your baby can still react to Nutramigen. Mine did. I didn’t think it was a possibility since Nutramigen is a hypoallergenic formula. The GI doctor explained that Nutramigen contains proteins that are so broken down the body isn’t supposed to recognize them as dairy or soy. But in some cases, like my son’s, the body is so sensitive it still recognizes them. Elecare is the answer to that. It doesn’t contain any proteins. It’s contains amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. Therefore, there’s nothing to react to. We saw results within a couple of weeks of BB being on Elecare . The downside… the formula is about $35 a can and only sold online and in very select Walmart stores.
|Image from glutenfreefitness.com|
I continued to breastfeed BB after we found out he was severely allergic. This meant I had to have a very restrictive diet. No dairy, eggs, coffee, citrus, chocolate, soy, acidic foods, gassy foods, etc. I ate a very lean, very difficult(and boring) diet but I was determined to make it at least a couple of months. The diet started affecting my own health and I eventually had to stop and feed him Elecare only.
5. Zantac, Biogaia, Gripe Water, Gas Drops
For months, BB took all of the above on a daily basis. We slowly weaned him off and he’s down to just the Zantac and Biogaia. Gas drops as needed.
Most importantly, if you feel something is wrong or off do not give up or give in and just hope things get better. Trust your gut.