Food Allergies

In the course of 5+ very short years, I feel like I've earned a PhD in food allergy knowledge!  

In January of 2012, our 8 month old daughter had a reaction to the first yogurt that we ever fed to her.  During the entire 8 months that she consumed breast milk, we had never seen any reactions or noticed anything strange (aka - skin issues, breathing issues, etc.), so this reaction took us completely by surprise.  

Further blood testing would reveal that she was allergic to not only dairy, but also eggs and peanuts.  

Over the past 3 years, we've had countless blood tests, skin tests, component testing, oral food challenges, etc.  I've tried to list all of our major posts about food allergies below.  

Unfortunately, we also had our first epi-pen experience just a week shy of Georgia's 5th birthday.  That experienced is documented HERE.

Our newest adventure is that our son has tested NEGATIVE to all food allergens so far.  Thanks to the new results released by the LEAP study, we had Grant tested early at our allergist's office.  He passed two different sets of skin tests, so we decided to move onto an in office food challenge.  You can read more about that experience HERE.

Passed at 5 months of age
Since he passed his in-office peanut challenge at 5 months, we've moved onto giving him 2 tablespoons of peanut butter at least 3x/week.  This definitely posed some challenges in the beginning since we wanted to make sure that we kept Georgia safe, while also doing our best to prevent a food allergy developing in Grant.

We now have a fairly good plan in place.  We use a blue bib, blue spoon and if needed, a blue bowl to indicate peanut.  We have a separate sponge in our kitchen sink to clean just the blue items.  We put Grant in the bathtub, feed him, and then immediately bathe him in the same bathtub.  In the beginning, it was in his infant tub.  Now, it's in his bathroom.  We bathe Georgia in a different tub in a separate bathroom.  We try to keep them completely separate from each other on peanut nights.  Immediately after his bath, he gets a bottle (which in my mind, also helps clear his mouth of residual peanut protein).  It's gotten much better over the past few months with Grant not spitting up so much and we've also been using the First Peanuts pouches rather than mixing things on our own.  We've also introduced dairy to him and eggs.  We still need to start tree nuts (as of May 2017).  

Fingers crossed that this plan continues to work.  The current study indicates that we'll need to do this for the next few years to help ward off any peanut allergy from developing.

Of course, we just get all this peanut non-sense figured out and THEN Georgia had a mysterious reaction to what we **think** might be a form of penicillin that she was on?!?!  Of course, the reaction happened the day after I returned to work after maternity leave.  Allergic reactions really like to kick you when you're already down!  You can read more about that reaction and see pics HERE.

Georgia's reaction timelines and other information:

Initial Reaction

Official Diagnosis

Food We Eat

The Epi-Pen Debate

Holidays/Birthdays/Parties with Food Allergies

Traveling with Food Allergies

Food Allergy Blood Work/Skin Testing

Oral Food Challenges

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