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Although it makes me gag…Poop makes me so happy!

Joys of motherhood!

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Out of the woods?

Small update: I don’t want to say that we are out of the woods on the constipation but! A has had normalish poops on a regular basis! This has been normalish for a few weeks now ­čÖé She has not went more than 2 days without a movement. This is wonderful for her!

As usual, we are going to keep doing what we think is working. Probiotic + no soy + exercise + who knows what else!!!

Cliff Notes on Face Rash

I have contacted a ibclc (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)┬áabout our breastfeeding relationship and how it may or may not be attributing to A’s continued face rash. She asked me for cliff notes of things we have tried and if they worked/didn’t work.

Here are my 2 year long cliff notes:

8/21/2012: 2 weeks young: Acne type rash on forehead and cheeks

8/24/2012: Mastitis with an antibiotic script

8/25/2012: Angry red and inflamed all over face and head

8/26/2012: Began dairy free

9/16/2012: Angry red pimple rash on back and head from pizza (dairy) I ate on 9/15

9/22/2012: Chest and Face rash from pastry (dairy) on 9/21

3/3/2013: Suspect egg allergy, Back and chest rashes after consumption

3/29/2013: Muscle testing confirmed intolerance to: Dairy, Egg, Nut, Gluten, V Veg.

3/30/2013: Went Gluten and Egg Free

5/18/2013: Began chiropractic care

10/12/2013: 2nd muscle testing confirmed negative to egg, gluten, and lactose free milk  Positive to Lactose milk, nut and seed families. Sesame, pumpkin, Sunflower

11/18/2013: Tested eggs in diet: rash on back, chest, arms : Removed eggs again

12/13/2013: Mid December Constipation began with face rash. No bm’s for 5-7 days at a time.

1/16/2014: Began broths/purees. Version of Gaps. Added Probiotics.

1/21/2014: Having semi regular bm

3/5/2014: Starting giving laxatives and Epsom Salts

3/10/2014: Notice and documented face rash gets better when having semi-regular bm

3/18/2014: Allergic reaction/burns from anise seed

3/24/2014: Suspect dehydration so increased water intake with coconut water

4/18/2014: Modified GAPS intro and removed soy (for 1 week) No change with soy so added it back

4/29/2014: BM for 5 days straight. Debunked constipation/rash theory. Face rash is in full force. Upped chiro care to few times a week

5/15/2014: Still on gaps. Rash on face, chest, back, and bottom. Die off? (never confirmed)

5/31/2014: Rash face, chest, arms: No new foods still on gaps

6/4/2014: Poop test results: No parasites, no yeast, excess of bad bacteria in gut. Began uva ursi to kill off bad bacteria

7/2/2014: REAL gaps intro. Only broth/veg. BM Every day for 5 days. Added egg and got up to 1/2 egg yolk before a reaction

7/11/2014: Quit gaps intro: Chalked it up to 10 day detox

7/16/2014: Repopulating Probiotics-good gut bacteria

7/24/2014: Experiment #1: No soap for 5 days=still has face rash

7/27/2014: Experiment #2: No soy. 3 days in with bm’s and clear face. Diagnosed sensitive skin. Nursed in car=face broke out but cleared quickly

6/16/2014: GI APPT: Diagnosed as functional constipation. Said no link from constipation to face rash

8/9/2014: Before nap: Face Flare….After nap: Face clear!

8/13/2014: High doses of flax intake=diarrhea

8/16/2014: Clear Face

8/17/2014: CLear Face

8/18/2014: BM Regular 8/10 days, flax, digesten eo with c/o on tummy. I started washing with her soap, 21 days no soy

8/23/2014: ANA reaction to red ant bite on butt

9/7/2014: 8/10 days regular bm with face rash

Other things we tried:

Eucerin topical eczema face lotion. Made it worse.

Breastmilk on rash: does nothing

Coconut oil on rash: does nothing

Steroid (Prednisolone : generic for Prelone) taken 3 days after reaction of ant bite. Face completely clear during those 3 days. Allergy shiners gone. Very active.

Vacations away from animals: does nothing

Benedryl: does nothing for rash

Doing good!

I just realized that I haven’t posted in 2 weeks…

So, A is doing fine. We took her to her first doctor’s appointment this past Wednesday for a check up and she is healthy! We got an epi pen for her just in case and talked about allergy testing. The testing is still up in the air… We also discussed weaning. DH and I made the decision to go ahead and day wean A but then I retracted the decision just the other night. We aren’t ready. I’m not ready. She’s not ready. It’s JUST a face rash. She is pooping 8/10 days so why cut such a finite time in our lives short because of a face rash that isn’t bothering her? So yeah, there’s that.

We went to our first community food free event this morning! It was a bike decorating then ride at the park with friends! It was so much fun! Everyone was so kind and understanding about food allergies. It was nice to be able to play and interact with friends without having to eagle eye A and see what she may be trying to stick in her mouth. (the red ants at the park…another story!)

As you can see, I went back to Facebook. I will be diligent to not be on my phone all the time like I was and to not be dragged into any drama. Without Facebook I was able to be the mindful parent that I wanted to be. I know I can do it. And hey, if not…then bye bye Facebook. Easy as that.

I have began a Pinterest addiction in the absence of Facebook. I feel that’s ok though since it benefits our family in a healthy way. This week I tackled Apple pancakes, Sausage and Broccoli Bites, Turkey & Quinoa Meatballs, Real Chicken Nuggets, and Sweet Potato with Zucchini Lasagna! All Pinterest awesome and no fails!!! That’s a first!

Now, off to enjoy Hubby’s Allergy Free meatloaf that’s coming out of the oven now! Mmmmm!