Monday, April 16th, 2012
I wrote last week about Fia’s mystery rash. Am reposting the picture. It comes on in a fury, then a dose of Benadryl and it is gone within 10 minutes. I told the doctor last week that I thought it had gone away for two days. He said that was the key: figuring out what she didn’t have during that time or 5 days before hand. That’s how long an allergy can stay in your body. Well, I have a decent memory, but nothing that good. So moving forward, I’m trying to see if it goes away for any extended period of time. So far, it hasn’t.
She is seeing an allergist on Thursday for a consult, Friday for testing. I happen to be allergic to every environmental thing except mold: dust mites, pollen–even my transexual cat. I get shots. Phil is allergic to Penicillin. The doctor explained that our allergies combined give Fia a really good chance of having them. Even though ours aren’t food, hers could be. And he reiterated the rash looks a food allergy, not environmental.
The only consistent thing about it is the timing. It appears in a few spots right after her nap, typically around 3 pm. Random spots on her body. I put cortisone cream on and they go away. Then right before bed, around 6:30-7, it comes on strong, taking up whole swaths of her skin. That’s when I bring out the Benadryl.
It can’t be her crib. We have washed her bedding twice in detergent, once in just hot water. We put all her stuffed animals in the dryer. We are using the dye/perfume free kind–we have used it for years.
For the last 3 days we have eliminated dairy, but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Plus, doesn’t a dairy allergy usually involve diarrhea? I’m now going to eliminate nuts/peanut butter.
Here is her basic menu from the past 6 days (don’t judge me on some of the things like pickles for breakfast. She asked!):
Wed, April 11th:
Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with milk, partial granola bar
Lunch: macaroni and cheese, hot dog (no bun)
Dinner: ham, rice, pea soup, Lactaid instead of milk (now we’re doing straight rice or soy milk, as I learned Lactaid still has the milk protein)
6 pm: rash appeared (gave Benadryl)
Thursday April 12th: (still waiting to hear from her school what she had for lunch that day)
Breakfast: Oats and Honey Cereal/Lactaid, cheese stick
1 pm–(pre-nap) rash appeared in a big way. It’s the picture I took above–and took it with me to the doctor to show him what it looked like. Gave her Benadryl, so it didn’t appear the rest of the day/night. I’m sure the antihistamine was still in her system at bedtime and kept it at bay. If it came during the night, I wouldn’t know.
Snack: Ella’s Squeeze (made up of sweet potatoes, pumpkin, apple, blueberry), Avocado, 2 cherry tomatoes
Dinner: chicken nuggets, black beans, pea/rice/ham soup, small piece of pepperoni pizza, chocolate chip cookie
Friday April 13th:
Breakfast: cereal and milk, pretzels, shortbread vanilla cookie (not the most nutritious of breakfasts, I know).
Snack: apples, Swiss cheese, turkey
small rash @ 3:15 pm
Lunch: rice/pea/ham/spinach soup, smoothie (banana, yogurt, blueberries, OJ, milk), half sandwich on whole wheat bread with ham/turkey/lettuce/ranch dressing
4 pm rash appeared in a few spots
Early Dinner: half sandwich on whole wheat bread with ham/turkey/lettuce/ranch dressing
5:15 pm: spots began popping up. Gave Benadryl before they spread.
6:45 pm: bottle (8 oz of milk)
Saturday, April 14th:
Breakfast: dill pickles (lord, she eats like she’s pregnant!), granola bar, flax seed waffle
Lunch: tortilla chips, rice and black beans, smoothie with a tiny bit of yogurt in it.
Dinner: chicken nuggets, avocado, an orange
At 6 pm, rash began. By 6:30 it spread on her arms, then legs then lower back. Gave Benadryl.
7 pm–bottle with rice milk (6 oz)
Sunday April 15th:
Breakfast: peanut butter puffins & rice milk, eggs w/spinach and turkey, whole grain toast w/strawberry jelly
Lunch: half peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole grain, Ella’s purple squeeze
2:30–small cluster of rash on back and on wrist. Put on cream.
Post nap snack/early dinner: rice/black beans/carrots, orange-banana squeeze, key lime soy yogurt (2 bites).
7 pm–cluster of rash all over shoulder blades. Gave Benadryl, put her to bed.
Monday, April 16th:
Breakfast: apple/cinnamon organic oatmeal, Oaty Bites organic cereal w/ soymilk
Snack: blueberry-banana squeeze
Lunch: turkey, carrots, veggie chips
No rash yet. But she is napping. Any ideas anyone?
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