Monday, March 5, 2007

Cow's Milk

Milk. Ted is allergic to cow's milk. Not sensative, not intolerant...allergic! What the...(as Alex would say.) Our pediatrician was amazed, since he hasn't had any *ahem* signs of a dairy allergy. This is an obvious direct link to his asthma, since dairy creates more mucus anyway. If it is possible to take him off his daily Pulmicort, I am all for it. We were leaning that way anyway. Trust a woo-hoo Boulder nutritionalist to suggest this test. I love Boulder. Bring on the soy! (Happily, he is not even mildly sensative to gluten or soy-whew! Those would have been tough.)

I thought the following was interesting. I've put the symptoms that Ted has in bold.

What are the symptoms of a dairy allergy?
The symptoms of a dairy allergy can manifest themselves in the skin, the digestive system or the respiratory system. Skin reactions may include an itchy red rash, hives, eczema, allergic "shiners" (black eyes), and swelling of lips, mouth, tongue, face or throat. Digestive system reactions might include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gas, bloating or abdominal cramps. Respiratory system reactions include a runny nose, sneezing, watery or itchy eyes, nasal congestion, wheezing, shortness of breath or coughing, and even anaphylactic shock. Some children may show reddish ear lobes or a glazed look in their eyes. Additional symptoms attributed to a milk allergy include bed-wetting, lethargy and inattentiveness.


Wendy said...

What the....? Very exciting that his test showed something, and you can fix it. Yay!

Anonymous said...

Awww poor Ted. Thankfully it's a quick fix and he'll be back to his 'old' self in no time :) - T

Beth and Shayna said...

That is great you found out about Ted's allergy. It sounds like Ted and Shayna are more alike. I hope your pulmicort ends soon. We are shooting for one more month.