Friday, July 30, 2010

The begenning of our food allergy journey

Our journey started with our beautiful daughter Kyrah, (pictured second to left). When she was about six months old, we started her on solid foods, I was still nursing her at this time. She developed severe eczema, covering her entire body. We spent many sleepless nights, and many visits to her Pediatrician. We saw at least 10 different dermatologist, and found no relief for her. At this point no one even mentioned food allergies as a source for her pain.

When she was a year old I stopped nursing her, by this time she was continually covered in eczema, and would scratch till she drew blood. Still no answers from the Dr's. We put her on soy milk, and she seemed to just get worse. At 13 months we had our first of many ER trips with our girl. She had to be admitted due to an asthma attack, still no one suggested the possibility it could be what she was eating. About a month later, I fixed scrambled eggs one morning, and gave her a taste of them. She immediately threw up..... light bulb moment for me. I took her back to her Doc. and we reviewed everything that had been going on with her for the past 7 months.
It was then that the connection was made to food allergies, unfortunately the allergy/immunologist that was recommended, was booked for the next six months.

I went home and that's when my research started, I found a list of the most common allergens. Took all of those out of her diet and waited. Still no improvement, we took her back to the Doc. when she had another asthma attack. This time she made a call to Dr. Irani, the one who was booked for six months, explained to her how desperate the situation was, and thank God she agreed to see us immediately. Kyrah was tested, (not a fun process) but we got answers finally. Dr. Irani also took the time to help educate us about caring for her skin and giving this child some relief. 

This isn't where our journey ended though, it's just the beginning.