The last time I wrote about Ada and her food issues, we were eliminating dairy. Cutting out the dairy was great. About three weeks after we did it, her digestive tract seemed healthy. And then it kept getting worse… and worse. “It” meaning the symptoms she shows when reacting to a food… rash one her back, rash in uncomfortable places, inability to nap well, unexplained crying, etc.
It seemed like every few days I must have been getting some “accidental” dairy in there… margarine at a restaurant maybe? A food additive or preservative derived from dairy? That sample at the grocery store?
But after the first few times I had to admit that she was clearly reacting to something else. My first inclination was to cut out soy. She had had some terrible rashes after I ate tofu at a Chinese place and had some soy at home the next night. I decided to cut out eggs at the same time as well, because I don’t eat them for breakfast often, but had made scrambled eggs that same week.
So the rash came and went… but the eliminations just weren’t fixing the problem. I decided to give up gluten. The signs were there. I guess I just thought that eggs or soy were more likely allergens. But, it doesn’t really matter if statistically more people react to this food or that food. What matters is what she was reacting to. I wish I’d cut out gluten sooner.
We are on day 5 of gluten elimination. She’s napped for 3 hours straight, despite being disturbed by Azi a few times for two days in a row. I know it’s the food issue. I’ve been reading books, good books at that, about teaching your kids positive sleep associations. I put her in the swing. I put her in the sling. I nurse her. I rock her. I lay her down and leave her still. Nothing made her happy in sleep. And poof… gluten gone, rashes gone, inability to nap… gone.
I hope this lasts! I know it’s only been barely a week but I really think it’s all related. She is asleep now, soundly, without me beside her. She must rest well because her tummy doesn’t hurt, you know? I’m lucky though. She always slept well at night. Once I got her to sleep. She needed rocking and holding (she is a baby after all!), but if I left her side she’d immediately wake up, unlike Azita who would nurse to sleep and then I could get up and do what I need to do at this age. So tonight, after 20 or so minutes of rocking, nursing, singing, I laid her down and she’s asleep.
No food in the world is more important than this!