A friend of mine just found out that her son has food allergies and he’s now 5. This really concerns me because he’s been eating normal food with no restrictions on nuts, dairy, wheat whatsoever this whole time. It turns out that he is very allergic to eggs, wheat and dairy.
This is too close to home because “Mi” has been vomiting for the past few months. She has her moments where she’ll go for days without any puking, and then when it hits… it’ll be about 3-4 times a day for a whole week straight. She hasn’t lost any weight but hasn’t gained any either. At this point, I’m just happy that she behaves as a normal toddler with no weight lost or dehydration. Pedialyte is such miracle water by the way.
I’ve talked to many parents and everyone has different symptoms with each child but mostly narrows down to a Gluten Free diet. I seriously don’t think “Mi” is allergic to wheat and eggs but I can’t prove that medically. I know that I’ve fed her many table foods and she’s eaten everything with no sign of allergies. That is until I started giving her organic whole milk and the combination of food that contains dairy such as mashed potatoes and mac & cheese. Mind you, she has eaten grilled cheese many times and never has any issues. She’s been on whole milk for about a week but has been eating food with dairy since she was 12 months.
So I’ve narrowed down to a few things that made sense to me. She’s either lactose intolerance or she has milk allergies. Yes, there is a difference between the two – thanks Google. Milk allergy is caused by malfunctioning of the immune system. Lactose intolerance is cause by stomach’s inability to properly digest lactose, the sugar found in milk.
After much research, I’ve decided to switch her milk to Vanilla Rice Milk and I can tell that it’s already working. How? She slept through the night with no choking on her vomit… yes; I’ve endured much sleepless night watching over her so that it doesn’t happen. Although rice milk do not contain the same amount of vitamins and nutrients as whole milk, but at this point, I’d rather that she can keep whatever she eats down. She’s also eating a decent amount of protein, carbohydrates and vegetables.
Regardless, she’s still going to see her GI specialist on Monday so let’s see if there are any other allergies, if at all.
Here’s an article about Rice Milk