Many of you know that the little guy has had some allergy issues since he was a newborn. It started with bloody poops & eczema and required lots of dietary eliminations on my part so that the offending proteins wouldn't be passed to him through my breastmilk.
We've been waiting until his first birthday to do a "milk challenge" in the doctor's office to see if he had outgrown this problem. That appointment was yesterday and I'm sad to report that things did not go well. Moments after drinking less than half an ounce of milk, Derek broke out in hives all over, became congested, vomited, and was inconsolable for what felt like forever. It took 3 doses of Benadryl to get his reaction under control and we were in the doctor's office for several hours waiting for him to recover. So needless to say, he is very allergic to milk even in small doses. We're waiting on lab results now to find out if there are any other allergies he may have. The results will help us decide how to proceed with weaning him from the breast. If soy is an option then we can start the transition to soy milk, however if he is allergic to soy then I will have to continue nursing him until his diet can supplement the amount of fat and protein he needs (rice milk does not have enough of either).
So that is where we stand now; I would appreciate your prayers as we wait for the results. We're praying that he will have no other allergies at all. We're now the proud owners of an epinephrine injection for emergencies as well as a hefty dose of paranoia on my part that milk is lurking everywhere. Alex is getting a crash course in what is no longer okay to carry around the house (her milk cups, cheese, "go-gurts," etc.)
But lest I be too much of a downer, we know that many families deal with more serious things than food allergies and we are grateful to have such a happy and sweet son. Thanks to all of you for your support and prayers for his upcoming lab results!
How could I not be totally in love with this kid?! Check him out as he struggles to stand up with no help from his sister, then when he sees me he does everything he can to get over to me. I'm his favorite person and I love it! :)