Our daughter is Miss J, she is a 2012 vintage, so currently (Nov 2015), she is a 3yo going on 3oyo!
Miss J showed the first signs of having food allergies when at 3 months old she developed severe eczema. At the time we had no idea of the connection to food allergies, looking back, it is something we should have been told about but unfortunately was not.
At 5 months old Miss J had an anaphylactic reaction to dairy, one month later she had her first skin prick tests (SPTs) where the results showed that she was allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, treenuts.
At the time of testing we also saw a Paediatric Dermatologist who helped us get on a good skincare regime.
Within a few weeks of this new skincare regime, and removing all allergens from Miss J’s and my diet (I breastfed Miss J until 28 months), her skin improved dramatically.
After many heated discussions with our then GP, we were given an Epi-Pen Jnr for Miss J.
Over the following 6 months she had numerous minor reactions, mostly from contact with allergens, or with people who had eaten her allergens and then touched her.
We met with a Paediatric Allergist & Immunologist when Miss J was 18 months old (through the private system, still waiting for initial appointment through public system, I shall be blogging about that soon!!). She had another round of SPT’s where her results had actually worsened.
We were given another Epi-Pen script, so we now have 2 Epi-Pen’s with her 24 x 7.
In May 2014, hubby and I decided to move from the Hunter Valley, NSW, to my hometown of Warrnambool, Victoria, to be closer to family, and to gain some very much needed family support. Trying to manage Miss J’s allergies between just the two of us was stressful, you can feel like you’re in a bubble with no-one to turn to, without family or friends close by. So we made the big move for the betterment of our family.
Miss J is now 3.5yo, in December 2014 we administered a soy oral challenge to Miss J, while sitting in the Emergency Department of our local Hospital (again, another blog post to come re lack of rural allergy resources!). Miss J passed that challenge, so she now has soy every day, which has been a blessing, so many more options became available to us.
In July 2015 Miss J had a new round of SPTs with her new Allergist/Immunologist in Melbourne. These tests added a couple of new allergens to the list – kiwi fruit, dustmites, cat hair.
In October 2015 Miss J had a baked egg challenge in Melbourne, and unfortunately failed at the first spoonful of baked muffin.
At the end of November 2015 we are scheduled to take Miss J back to Melbourne for a baked dairy challenge.
I shall update after that challenge!