during month seven of solids, k turned one! a milestone for this is that k starts cow milk! since we had to supplement with formula it was a huge financial cost. now that k can drink cow milk, the cost was a noticeable saving. until babies turn 2, k needs fat for brain development so we started k on organic whole fat milk. Continue reading “baby feeding schedule: cow milk and a severe allergy”
since k is attending daycare, it is expected that she may get sick more often since she’ll be exposed to more people and more germs. this is not necessarily a bad thing because it can help build up her immune system. but we do want to take precaution so it is recommended for babies to get a flu shot because even though we want to build up her immune system, it doesn’t mean we want her to get every kind of sickness! Continue reading “allergy: egg white and the flu”
we started k at daycare so she could be around other kids to be social as well as to learn from them. of course with exposure to other people, especially kids, comes germs. a friend’s daughter almost a year older than k started in daycare when she was 3 months. a friend said during her daughter’s first year at daycare, she was sick often – with diarrhea, ear infections, etc. – but during her second year, it got better.
i talked to other new moms, read The Wholesome Baby Food Guide and looked at the pediatrician’s feeding guide. while cereal is a common first food, we had to be mindful of k’s wheat allergy and we were concerned about arsenic in rice. instead, we decide to start k with a vegetable *read note 1. some vegetables have a sweeter taste, especially the yellow / orange / red color vegetables, so i decided k’s first food would be green!
Continue reading “first solid!”
as k’s first solid meal was coming close, i had to make sure i had all the tools ready. here were the pieces i prepared as well as some new tools i added as her food experience continued.
as directed by almost all resources, we saw k’s pediatrician before we started her on solids. she provided us her recommended feeding introduction schedule which we took under advisement.
from the result of k’s food allergy tests, we knew there were some things we had to avoid. but even if there are some common foods we think know, we had to make sure to read up on it anyway, i.e. spelt, durum, semolina are in the wheat family. we also have to look at the fine print for details such as “manufactured in a facility that also processes …” or “may contain traces of …”
months 4 and 5 had been focused on finding the root cause of k’s eczema. we spent time visiting the dermatologist and the allergists, following home direction as well as getting and then waiting results allergy tests. therefore we didn’t actually start k on solids until she was a little after 6 months old. Continue reading “solids: gathering information – part 1”
in order to completely rule out cow milk as a cause of k’s eczema, the allergist suggested we give k a vegetable based formula instead of a milk/soy based formula for a few weeks. if k’s skin improves then milk may be a cause. if doesn’t improve at all, then it is not a cause for her eczema. Continue reading “drink: cows milk allergy”
to figure out what is causing k’s eczema, the dermatologist suggested we take her for a skin prick test. you can test one or more food at a time. during the test an allergist uses a small plastic probe or needle and gently pricks or scratches the skin to allow a tiny amount of the solution containing the food allergen to enter just below the surface.