I’m forced to dive in to something I have no desire to know anything about.
It’s time to explore a new world I don’t want to be a part of.
You may remember in my 5 month post about Brantley that we were dealing with skin issues. Eczema, to be exact. I had it, myself, as a child, but I’ve never dealt with it for my babies.
We’ve been through just about every lotion out there and nothing really works. I knew it was food related and something I was eating.
We had her blood drawn to be tested for allergies.
The results finally came back and it wasn’t very encouraging.
She’s allergic to a lot:
- Rye – Level 2
- Dog – Level 2
- Egg whites – Level 2
- Peanut – Level 1
- Milk – Level 3
- Wheat – Level 2
I don’t know much about what those numbers mean, only that the higher the number, the worse the allergy is. I’m getting the print out from the allergy test and hope to understand the numbers a little more.
Brantley is exclusively breastfed, which means it’s all up to me to make this right for her.
It’s a lot of pressure, I’ll admit. A part of me wanted to say, “That’s it, I’m done nursing. This is too hard.” But another part of me said, “Don’t give up. Fight through it. This is the last baby and you’ll never have a nursing baby again.” As hard as it can be sometimes, I enjoy that bond we have. I don’t want to give up yet.
I have changed my diet quite a bit already, eating mostly fresh foods, but eating stuff like that either takes extra time to prepare, or extra money to buy already prepared. It’s definitely not the easy, quick food I would like to make for myself.
The fact of the matter is her skin feels like sandpaper. All. of. the. time! Not just in one place, but all over her body.
I have to keep my eye on her constantly when she’s awake. She’s prone to scratching her face and you can probably see the pretty little scabs on her forehead. Bleh.
Luckily I’ve discovered a product that will not only be helpful to keep her from scratching but also cute on her. I’ll be sharing that with you guys soon!
I look at her everyday and think how lucky we are to have such a beautiful little girl. I just wish her skin would reflect that. Babies are supposed to have beautiful and soft skin. She doesn’t and it doesn’t seem fair for her.
I’m exploring this whole new world of food allergies and I definitely welcome your advice, recipes, or website references.
It really does take a village and I’d love your help!
Linking up with MamaKat.