Follow-up to Tim’s milk trial

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So here is the final post on Tim’s milk trial this week.

Anyone who has been following will know that on Day 1 Tim had some spots appear, day 2 there were slight spots again and by day 3  we ended up giving him piriton.

I tried to speak to a dietician on day 3, but unfortunately there wasn’t a paediatric one available, so I made the decision not to continue until I had heard from them. After a very hectic day at the Macmillan Coffee afternoon I finally managed to speak to one.

She was very friendly and understanding, she immediately said there was no way that we should be continuing.

She said that everything I had described was definitely a reaction (and with such a small crumb!) and is concerned whether there may be any other foods that he is reacting to, advising me to make sure that I keep a small notebook just for Tim to record any reactions that he has to any other foods or anything else (I’m guessing that she hasn’t see he has a folder already, not just a notebook!) She then also said that due to his age it might be worth getting referred to an allergy specialist as well as a paediatrican if it continues so that he can be properly tested, as skin prick tests might be useful, guess that is the next thing I need to start researching to see if it is worth doing or not, as so far I have heard very mixed views on it.

I asked when we should be thinking about trialing him again, I thought I should show willing, even though I really don’t want to do it again, but I can ask when. I have been advised to wait at least 6months and to let them know if there are any other issues in the meantime.

So a 6month reprieve

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Milk trial – day 3

So day 3 and another small crumb of biscuit

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Once again he didn’t seem very impressed with it, who knows if this is because he doesn’t like it, or because he is desperate for more.

Today we had an appointment with Tim’s paediatrician, she said that his weight was doing fine, all his developmental levels were perfect. She had a student in with her, so it was wonderful to hear everything about him being described in great detail for the students benefit, how he was interacting with people and taking a real interest, he responded to his name, how he had developed from a general grabbing motion to the pincer grip, the student was getting a lot of evidence of this as Tim kept giving him things.

I mentioned that he had spots on day 1, but i was unsure if they were related, she said they quite likely were, definitely if they had white pimples on top

oh great, exactly what they were!

She said she was more than happy not to see us for another 6months as she understands that we are in contact with the dietician and knows that they will contact her if there are any issues.

So everything seemed to be going really well today.

But then I noticed a few spots appear on his cheek again mid-morning and Tim seemed to get generally less settled as the day went on.

At lunchtime he refused to eat, I finally managed to get him to eat 2 or 3 raisins, but it was very reluctantly and I felt I was really forcing them into his mouth.

In the afternoon we were at the allergy group where a mum asked if he was teething, because she said if she didn’t know better she would say he had come into contact with dairy.

By the time we got home from the group the unsettled-ness has turned into unconsolable-ness (yes  I think I am making up my own words now!)

he was refusing any of his usual favourite snacks, wouldn’t drink and didn’t event want to allow an ice-lolly near him, so I hoped for the best and gave him some paracetamol for his teeth, but this had no effect what so ever, so in the end the bottle of piriton was put to use and half an hour later he was willing to breastfeed, something he rarely does in the day now, finally falling asleep for a while.

finally asleep after piriton

finally asleep after piriton

When he woke again he was then willing to have a little bit of rice and seemed generally a bit better for the rest of the day.

I’ve now spoken to the dietician, but that will be a whole new update, as I really wanted to get this one out yesterday (sorry I fell asleep) as I know there are people out there that were concerned last night when I didn’t post about day 3. But it was a long day with hospital, toy library, allergy group and brownies in the evening and all with a really not happy Tim

 

 

Milk Trial – day 2

Day 2 biscuit

So we made it through the first day, Tim had some spots appear on his check which I do not know whether they were related to the biscuit or not, but by this morning they seemed to have pretty much gone.

The pictures show what he seemed to think of his bit of biscuit today, really not impressed. Today he appeared to have slight spots on his check again, but who knows whether I am seeing things just because I am looking too much. He still seems fine in himself, attacking big brother, and causing his usual chaos.

 

Lunchtime I lost my pasta to 2 little boys who said they wanted sandwiches, (they were offered pasta!) but changed their minds.

This afternoon Tim refused his sandwiches, but I finally worked out that he was feeling left out as Sammy had the end of a packet of monster munch crisps, which he wasn’t allowed. Sammy being a kind big brother offered to share, but unfortunately this was not an option, so I finally managed to convince Tim that some Aldi Hoops were just as good.

So then we got to discussing crisps with milk in (yes Sammy has some deep discussion.)

He knows that I read packets, so started reading the back of some sweets that were on the table next to him, well I say read, he was looking at. I explained that we have to look for MILK on packets, could he see any words beginning with the letter

‘M’?

show me mummy

unfortunately the writing on many packets is just too small to read, let alone show to a 2year old, so we spelt it out on the fridge instead!

Then he asked me

how do I write NO mummy?

by the time he was happy with it, I was starting to run out of letters, but Sam has now left the following on the fridge for all to see.

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Day 1 of Milk trial

Well it finally arrived.

It would have been easy to put off again as Sammy was sick during the night

sick samso I started thinking maybe I shouldn’t start Tim on his milk trial incase he starts being sick as well, but I think I could keep using those sorts of excuses for ever more, there will always be something that can delay starting.

So the biscuits were bought last week, Tim was weighed yesterday 9.4kg or 20lb 11oz (depending on which you prefer!) this puts him just above the 25th centile where he started to climb above at around 9months. I’ve checked him this morning for rashes, dry patches etc and can’t see anything that looks untoward.

To be on the safe side I also decided it would be a good idea to make sure I know where the piriton is

DSCF2857The biscuit was broken, then the rest of it stored away safely for tomorrows ‘dose’

I tried sitting Tim on the sofa to eat it, but anyone who knows Tim will understand that asking him to sit still even for a moment just doesn’t happen.

I finally managed to poke a bit in his mouth while he tried to climb over the back of the sofa, he pulled a bit of a face, who knows whether this was because I was giving off slightly scared mummy vibes, because he didn’t like it, or because he was wondering where the rest of the biscuit was.

But it has been eaten!

Tim has now gone for his nap, I am so glad we have an Angelcare monitor with the pressure pad, as it just feels like an extra reassurance while he is sleeping in his room without me.

Now I just have to wait and see how things go,  as I have said previously I am not expecting any problems today as he tends to have a delayed reaction, so watch this space over the next few days!

One week to go

tim sorbet

As I sit and watch Tim get into his usual chaos, as usual the entire room is being trashed, all my thoughts are already with this time next week.

Assuming Tim is healthy next Tuesday (he has no colds or similar etc) then by this time next week he will have had his first taste of malted milk biscuit

malted milk biscuitSo what do I mean by a taste?

For one whole week Tim tries a small crumb of milk containing biscuit, moving onto a large crumb if everything goes well the following week.

We will be teaching our children about fractions early in their lives when we start breaking biscuits into 16ths, 8ths, quarters, then finally halves, before (assuming no reactions) in week 5 he is finally allowed a whole biscuit.

 

I am already full of fear, but I know it has to be done, so here’s to the countdown to Milk Trial

3 week reprieve on milk trial

I know I am probably looking for any excuse to postpone trialling Tim with dairy, but I had started to think maybe this weekend/start of next week would be time to finally bite the bullet and go for it.

However Wednesday Tim had his one year injections and the nurse advised me that it can take upto 12days for symptoms/side effects  to show from one of the jabs he had, so I asked whether that was definitely the longest it would take for them to show as with it being things like rashes to look out for it could be easy to confuse with reactions to dairy.

It was lovely to chat to someone that seemed to understand my concerns and she has advised me to wait 3weeks from the injections to make sure that any possible reactions will definitely have passed, therefore any symptoms that occur will be related to the dairy. Fingerscrossed there won’t be any, but always best to be on the safe side, and there is enough to worry about without having to wonder what has caused the symptom.

So I have actually marked it on the calendar now, so assuming he is fit and healthy we have the week circled, just deciding whether to wait until exactly 3 weeks, or start on the Monday of that week.

 

Now all I have to do is get up the courage to actually go and buy a packet of malted milk biscuits

malted milk

Can’t believe there is actually a bit of me hoping he isn’t well (has a cold or something) so that I have another excuse to put it of.

 

When to stop breastfeeding, confused now!

i love breastfeedingI wrote the other day about when to stop breastfeeding

Should I stop before or after we trial Tim with dairy?

Am I stopping for the right reasons?

or just because I want to?

Well it’s definitely not simply because I just want to, I have been thinking about this for a while and everything in my mind came back down to Tim’s milk issues and whether I should try and get him happy on the formula before I have to test him with dairy.

The day I posted the last article on this I happened to be meeting with MummyPinkWellies   

So I was very happy to be able to spend the morning chatting with someone else who had breastfed and also knew about Tim’s issues, I came away feeling that I knew exactly where I wanted to be and that I would feed until he turned one and then stop.

So his birthday came and went, I had lots of ‘advice’ from different people and had no problems with anyone making me think any differently about what I had decided, I felt very much that I had made the right decision for myself and more importantly for Tim. Probably because any people who advised me to keep going have no experience with allergies or are breastfeeding much older children.

Then I got home and saw a comment someone I know had made to my question about when to stop in a group I am in on Facebook.

CMPA support for Breast Feeding

Personally I’d keep going – then at least if little one has a reaction Mummy’s milk will get him thru plus help him get better

So now I am confused again, I really thought I knew what I was doing, but having had to stay in hospital twice with Tim already and it being my breast milk that has got him through, I really don’t know what to do.

He has had formula to go to bed with the last 2 nights, but still had mummy’s milk if needed during the night.

 

I know that being a parent was never meant to be easy, but these sorts of decisions are so worrying as I only want to do what is best, but what is that?