Sleep has been miserable. Nonexistent, really. Avery has been rashy and fussy. I went off of the Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy diet after 6 weeks to test out her tolerance and she definitely reacted less severely, but the eczema never did go away completely. She seems to be able to tolerate small amounts (maybe she can handle it if I eat processed bread made with soybean oil, but not if I eat a pancake slathered in a cup of whipped cream).
But since starting her on solid food, the allergen-to-gut journey is a lot more direct than through breastmilk alone. Yesterday we gave her some peas from a potato salad that had mayonnaise and boiled eggs in it. Within minutes her chin and cheeks had broken out in hives. A couple of hours later she was screaming in pain.
Unfortunately the potato salad wasn’t the only thing we let her eat at that meal, so we didn’t know if it was the common allergen – egg – or something else, like maybe the onion in the Indian Dal a friend made for her. So this morning we had to test it out. We gave her the tiniest bite of a piece of fried egg (fried in olive oil) and almost immediately her chin broke out in hives and she held her mouth agape and whined. Then came the whincing and crying in discomfort as the food moved down into her gut.
I’m so sorry tiny baby, for giving you something that made you feel pain 🙁. I hope now that we can set to work finally healing your digestive system from all of these nasty allergens. We are buying a beef bone to make bone broth for her today, and we’re also going to start her on baby probiotics finally.
Maybe sleep will improve now, too…