I know, I know... It's been a while since I was last here. I'm sorry yet again. I guess I haven't really been holding my end of the bargain. I'm going to try to post more, as I think it will good for me...
There is still a lot going on that I can't yet share with you, but I promise as soon as I can I will. Here is what I can share with you...
Over the last 6 weeks, our diet has changed drastically. About 2 months ago, we were away and noticed that Small Fry was getting a frequent rash on his face. It reminded me of a rash that Sprout got at about the same age. I had spoken to our pediatrician at the time, but we couldn't determine the cause and as it bothered me more than her, we didn't pursue it. Again, I was bewildered trying to understand Small Fry's rash, until this trip. Then again my reaction to dinner probably helped too. Small Fry and Sprout were snacking on a corn based cereal, and I had polenta for dinner and realized that the 2 events were not unrelated. About a week later, I served polenta for dinner again, and sure enough we both had a reaction. I began investigating corn intolerances and then spoke with our pediatrician at a check up. Honestly, he didn't share my strong opinion about my son's reaction to corn, but said that if I thought corn was making him sick not to give it to him.
|He looks friendly, doesn't he?|
Do you have any idea how much corn we eat on a daily basis? I knew it was a lot, but I had no idea just how much. And I won't bore you by going into it here. I will say that I began making most of our food from scratch and looking for foods where I knew exactly what the ingredients were. I also contacted a nutritionist for help, as I was very overwhelmed by everything I had learned. She suggested conducting a Pediatric Food Intolerance test to get a better feel for what we are dealing with. After a couple weeks, and some struggles to get the blood test done (it's tough to find someone who can draw blood on a 15 month old), we received the results 2 weeks ago.
The test breaks things down into severe, moderate and mild categories. The results are:
Cinnamon (I think I don't remember for sure)
Wheat, Barley and Oats
High Fructose Corn Syrup
We are trying to avoid the moderate and severe foods completely for the next 3-6 months. The mild foods are being integrated on a rotating menu. I'm still trying to grasp what all of this means and how to feed my family, but we're getting by for now. I am going to meet with the nutritionist again for help, and I'll let you know how it goes.
For now, I'm just hoping to share my experience with you, as I know we're not the only ones who are going through this.
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