Eli went 12 days off antibiotics with no snot. Pretty impressive considering in his 8 almost 9 months of life he’s pretty much been snotty the whole time.
Not bad but it always slowly turns into some kind of infection. He’s had antibiotics four times now. Not terrible but not what we really want either.
Last night the snot returned.
His little nose was so stuffy he was breathing out of his mouth. It’s never been that bad before. I wanted to fix it and fast! We just started using essential oils from source vital for sinus relief- they worked instantly. But still don’t solve the mystery of why he continues to be snotty.
I called his pedi this morning and she suggested it was a cold to which I replied he always has a cold.
What she suggested next has been bouncing around in my mind for a while: pet allergies or cow protein allergy.
I hadn’t seriously considered soy formula because breast is best and that couldn’t have been causing him any issues. Also I figured he would have more symptoms than just a stuffy nose.
Turns out he actually has 3 symptoms: congestion, dry skin (recently chapped cheeks) and reflux. I wrote about this issue before but clearly never revisited it as a possibility. D’oh!
He’s had all three of those for 8 months and I never connected them to a milk allergy.
So now I have a weeks worth of soy milk to try and see if we can find some relief from these symptoms.
At his 9 month checkup we will discuss the formula change and the possibility of allergy testing. Apparently infants don’t develop allergies to pollen and such until around 2 years of age, which would require skin testing.
Instead, pet and food allergies are tested with blood. 😦 and our last blood draw was pretty traumatic (but resulted in a full thyroid panel that revealed normal results so yay for that).
It never occurred to me that his reflux could be related to anything but Ds since its so common in our kids. And his stuffiness…well I think I let myself believe some of those evil doctors that said he was stuffy because he has Ds. I know his nasal passages are smaller and I never went back to any doctor that made such a suggestion but still…I think I held onto that because I wanted an answer.
If he has a milk protein allergy I will be happy it’s resolved but feel so dumb at the same time. 8 months he’s been dealing with these symptoms.
And lets not mention the freak out I just had over sending Eli to his sitters house- I became paranoid that her kids were getting my kid sick. So much so that I was ready to quit my job and stay home to keep him in a safe bubble where nothing can harm him.
I’m nuts I know. And I know they share germs sometimes and preventing sickness is unavoidable but seriously, I feel dumb right now. Mom of the year!