Diving into the World of Food Sensitivities

Wednesday , 19, September 2012 10 Comments

I first wrote about Eli’s eczema here…..well, we are on to phase 2.  We recently discovered that there are about 35 foods that Eli is ‘sensitive’ to.  After I picked my jaw up off the floor, and decided NOT to cry, we started making our way through the information we have been given.  It hasn’t been easy….but the good news is, we are seeing results.

This is the list we received from Alletess Medical Laboratories. The items in red are things Eli should not eat. That's a lot of red!

We found about about his ‘sensitivities’ through a blood test recommended by his most recent pediatrician.  Since nothing had been helping his skin externally, it was time to see if there was an internal cause.  When I called to get the results, the nurse on the phone asked if I had a pen….my first clue that what she was about to tell me was pretty involved.  She began to tell me the list of foods Eli should no longer eat.  Apples…avocado…asparagus…green beans…blueberries…bran…broccoli…cabbage…cantaloupe…….I interrupted her about here and said..”wait, this is the stuff he CAN’T have?”  Indeed, and that was just the beginning. He also can’t have gluten, oats, rice, or potatoes (sweet and white). Most of what we have been feeding Eli showed up as sensitive enough that he should not be eating them.  I was upset for a number of reasons. She also said that from the blood test they could tell that his gastrointestinal tract was really irritated.

First…My poor kid!  I had gotten used the the fact that his skin is a mess, but to think that he has been uncomfortable internally this whole time was so sad to think about.

Second, and perhaps the most troubling, what am I going to feed him!

A few days later I received a packet of information from the testing company.  I learned that there is a difference between allergies and sensitivities.  Allergies are an acute reaction that occurs within 8 hours of ingesting or being exposed to the allergist. Things like a rash because of an antibiotic or respiratory distress because of eating peanuts are allergies.  Sensitivities are when the reaction can take up to 4 days to appear.  Making it pretty difficult to determine what a person is actually sensitive to.

While we were not happy that Eli has all of these sensitivities, we were happy to have some answers.  Finally! Something we could do that might actually make a difference!

We have ready every food label up and down the aisles at Kroger, and have changed A LOT about Eli’s diet. (which I will write about next week!)

We see Eli’s doctor next week for the first time since all of these changes have taken place and I have a million questions.  I feel sorry for whoever has the appointment after us!

I am cautiously optimistic about the results we have seen so far….

Here is Eli before:

And this is after (so far!):

It is going to take more time for me to fully believe that the dietary changes are the answer.  I also don’t know what the future holds.  I have read a lot about how children outgrow many of their sensitivities, so I hope that will be the case for Eli.  So, this is phase 2….we’ll see what phase 3 is after his appointment next week!



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  • Mary Adams says:

    Awesome progress so far Rachel! He’s such a happy guy anyway but this progress has got to make him even happier. Kudos to you as well for being so creative in finding and preparing the foods he can eat. You’re a good mom! 🙂

  • Sarabeth Anderson says:

    Wow. What a difference! I’m so glad he’s doing better.

  • Julie says:

    I don’t know how much more convincing you need…the 2 pictures are like night and day! So glad you have found an answer, even if it’s not an easy road ahead. Eli has such a great mama!

  • Wendy says:

    I agree, looks like quite a change! Keep up the good work!

  • Zackary says:

    Eli can have swordfish!!!! Thank goodness! That would have been tragic!

  • Rachel says:

    Thanks everyone 🙂 We are pretty excited abou his progress…and Zack, I laughed till I cried. Thanks for that!

  • Emily says:

    Glad to see that he is doing better, Rach! That list of sensitivities is crazy, but you will figure it out for sure. The gluten is getting easier all the time it seems like. Hang in there!

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  • Naydra says:

    How do they find out what your baby is sensitive to?

    • Rachel says:

      Eli’s doctor did a blood test. It is called an IGg food panel. He is going to go in for a different test now that he is older. It is also a blood test, but I am not sure what it is called.

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