My head is just swimming with information at the moment. It seems like mostly I blog about food issues, but that is just about all I have time to think about these days.
Ada can’t catch a break. Starting 4 or 5 weeks ago she was sick for a week with a cold and fever. Then she broke out into cold sores and couldn’t barely eat or nurse without discomfort for over a week. Then we had those stomach flu. And in between those boughts of things she’s had some food (or possibly environmental with pollen here) rashes and all.
And what is my worried-little-mommy mind thinking about? The future. All I my mom friends of kids with food allergies that are over 2 years old talk about how the reactions change and some of them are primarily behavioral.
They talk about kicking legs at night, inability to nap, tantrums, acting like they have ADD or ADHD, biting and hitting, crying tantrums. Eeek! And then they turn back into sweet little preschoolers when the food reaction is over.
I wonder if in a few months or a year Ada’s food reactions will be behavioral. One mom I know said that her child is so wild when she has dairy that she has to tell herself “This is not really her. It’s the food” so that she doesn’t lose her temper on her.
I actually think Ada will be okay since we are used to being careful about foods from a young age, but I do not plan on trying in any of her big allergy foods until she’s 4. And I’m so tired of people telling me I need to start giving her small amounts so she gets used to it.
Just because you get used to a crappy symptom doesn’t mean you aren’t allergic anymore. It means all the inflammation you are causing your body will give you an autoimmune disorder or cancer when you hit 60.
I can eat eggs if I want, I just get regular migraines and find it hard to keep my temper. I know that I’ve had a trace amount of something my body reacts to when I can’t seem to quit barking at Azita for something that on another day I’d handle well. So sure, my symptoms would normalize somewhat, but it doesn’t mean they go away. A food is just so not worth it. I’m pretty sure some people I know with severe mood swings, depression and mania type things, are actually reacting poorly to a certain food.
Anyway, another mom put it this way, when someone said to her “I just don’t know how you cut out foods because it is just so hard.” And she said, “It’s a lot easier than coping with regular emotional meltdowns and tantrums and late potty-training.”
I’m with her on that one.