Thursday, August 6, 2015

Five months - Anderson

Oh what a month!  We really struggled in July ... things with Anderson's eczema just would not get better and after a series of pediatrician appointments and one with an allergist, it was determined that I would no longer breastfeed.  The alternative is not my favorite since I'm a granola-eating hippie, but if it's for the betterment of my child then I'm all for formula feeding.

After not having much success with Nutramigen (there is still cow/dairy protein found in there) we made the switch to Elecare (amino acid based).  Anderson had vials upon vials of blood drawn at his allergist appointment and they discovered he had allergic reactions to wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, nuts, and soy.  I tried to eliminate those from my diet for almost 4 full days but after seeing soy listed as an ingredient in my prenatal vitamins I about lost it.  It was just too hard for me to eliminate ALL of those food items and potentially STILL eat something that I shouldn't.  I honestly felt like I've been poisoning him this entire time ... which is a very dramatic way to look at things.

It'll be one week of formula feeding Elecare on Saturday and I've read that it can take up to 2 weeks to see full changes in the baby.  What we are looking for is LESS ITCHING.  The poor kid is on his 3rd type of allergy/antihistamine and cannot find relief for the life of him.  We've done it all ... cotton clothes, new free and clear detergent (The Honest Co.), bleach baths, not bathing everyday, several layers of Vaseline or Aquaphor slathered all over his body, and he's still scratching himself all the time.  He's so itchy that he tore the skin so badly on his arms while using his car seat as a scratching post; his doctor compared the lesions to 2nd degree burns.

Oh and the sleep ... the lack of sleep.  Imagine being so itchy that you can't get comfortable.  He's waking up every hour looking for relief and I can't give it to him.  It's heartbreaking. 

This past month did bring a few (random) nights of 5-7 hour stretches.  He even slept 10:30p-7:30a one random Tuesday and 8p-6:15a two days later.  We have no idea how or why but have failed to replicate those nights of sleep.  

One a bright note we introduced sweet potatoes to his diet on Monday and the kid loves them.  So far no allergic reactions to them which makes me excited to introduce another vegetable this weekend.  

His hair is growing back so that's a plus I guess ... and even through all of these trials and tribulations, the kid smiles and laughs at us.  Especially at his crazy big brother.    

We love you Anderson and love seeing you grow!  At one of the most recent doctor appointments you weighed in at 15 pounds ... you weren't gaining weight for a couple of weeks and had even lost some weight since your 4th month appointment. 

Fingers crossed the new formula is the key in solving the itchiness issues and we can enjoy the next month! 

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