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New Allergy?

Posted Jul 23 2009 12:05am
The little guy has been very mysterious lately. Not Harry Potter mysterious, but “what is that on your face?” mysterious. We keep finding unexplainable hives around his mouth. For anyone who reads this blog, which at times I think it is only my sister, it is well documented that I take every precaution humanly possible to avoid peanut products or cross contaminated products from entering our home. So, if it isn’t peanut that he is reacting to, what is it?
My only guess is soy. We’ve started a food journal and noticed more sniffling, dark circles and occasional hives after he eats something with soy protein in it. It seems as though soybean oil isn’t a problem but I’m not sure.
I think this is one of the hardest parts of food allergies; the unknown culprit, the unknown hive, the unexpected reaction. This is the part that could and may drive me mad.
All I want is my son to be healthy and happy and food keeps getting in the way. Something so basic yet so necessary is making my child ill. I don’t think I could ever explain to someone who has a child without food allergies how this lack of knowing and control feels. It’s overwhelming at times.
We have a doctor’s appointment to scratch test for soy but I think I know what the results will be.
In the mean time we are TRYING to look at this situation in a positive way. We are beginning to eat most of our foods in their natural state. So rather than having a cinnamon apple fruit bar, we are having an apple sprinkled with cinnamon. It’s been quite liberating giving up our battle to eat junk. We’ve tried so hard for so many years to find processed foods our son could eat and for the first time in my son’s life I am beginning to wonder why I’ve worked so hard to pump the little guy with this processed garbage. In truth I know why, so he could eat what his friends eat and because it is easier on me to toss him a granola bar rather then make something. But I’m working on it and I think it’s making our lives healthier. Could this be a blessing in disguise? Eh, let’s not go that far...

For anyone else out there wondering if their child has soy allergy here are a few helpful links I found -

Soy and Peanut

Soy Allergy - Web MD

Soy Allergy - Mayo Clinic

Soy Allergy - Cleveland Clinic

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