doctor. This was basically a check-up to monitor her food allergy symptoms,
which were confirmed by a skin prick test at her nine month pediatric
appointment. All this time I have been struggling to make sure she avoids
all milk and egg products and derivatives, instructing anyone around
her on the proper use of the Epi-Pen Jr. should an emergency arise, and
trying to find nutritious fatty foods to help her gain healthy weight.
Just when I felt like I had all that under control, this new doctor drops the R bomb on me:
My head was spinning. I apologize for, and usually loathe, that cliche, however this is an insanely apt cliche for this instance. I just felt so overwhelmed by all this new information I was actually dizzy.
According to this food allergy website:
Rotation diets are necessary for patients with multiple
allergies because if you have overt allergies to many foods, it is likely that
you have slight, subclinical allergies to many other foods that you consider
safe. Eating them on a rotated basis reduces your exposure to them and hopefully
will help preserve your tolerance for them.
Rotation diets may help prevent the development of allergies to new foods. Any food, if eaten repetitively, can cause food allergies in allergy-prone individuals.
is because A. Neither her pediatrician nor her former allergist bothered mentioning this at all, and B. This doctor says due to her existing food allergies she is more
likely to become allergic to other foods through repeated exposure. Specifically
I worry about soy. I thought she was doing well with soy milk,
but apparently I am just ensuring that soon she will have no other option but to
continue breastfeeding into her thirties (my sixties. Yeah.)