In every community, every day, you’ll find a circle of heroes keeping all those with food allergies safe. Together, we can create a better future for all who are affected by food allergies! Thank you for helping me love and support my boys.
June 27, 2018
Right now, there is no medical way to test for non-IgE mediated food allergies. The only way to identify my boys’ allergies is through food trials. This means you try a new food and wait to see if a reaction occurs. For my breastfeeding baby, a food trial looks like this: one tablespoon of sweet potatoes. According to our pediatric GI, I should eat 1 tablespoon of the new food for the first three days, 2 tablespoons on the fourth day, 3 on the fifth, and 4 (2 oz) on the 6th day. If you reach 2oz without a reaction, the food is safe. The process takes a week, but you stop when/if you see a reaction.
Unfortunately, the baby reacted to sweet potatoes with abdominal pain, gas, increased bowel movements with mucus and occult blood, sleeplessness, and an eczema flare. I stopped the trial after day 2. Neither of us can eat sweet potatoes.
Please help me support food allergy research by donating to my FARE walk. Maybe future moms won’t have to put their babies through pain to get answers.