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Makeup & Allergies

When my son’s multiple allergies were first discovered, I also realized that much of my makeup contained these allergens.   One of the common components in some of my products was oat.  Therefore, I looked for alternatives and was extra careful that it did not touch my son’s skin with them.  If I am home with my son, I do not use any makeup as I find it is best for both of us.

The following article by Allergic Living discusses this topic.   Check it out and smile on with us…

Safe Makeup Tips for Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Source: http://allergicliving.com/

Makeup & Allergies

Favorite Finds Friday: Seventh Generation Free & Clear Products

This Friday’s favorite find will not be food related as it has been a tough week with food here due to the flu.   However, we are very thankful for several non-food products from companies like Seventh Generation. According to their website, they state that…

“For more than 25 years we’ve been formulating plant-based products that are safe and that work.”

From our experience with my son’s skin sensitivities, eczema, and allergies finding safe products that work are difficult to come by.   However, for months now we have been using the following Seventh Generation Free and Clear Products with great success.

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While everyone is different, Seventh Generation’s hand soap, laundry detergent, and dish liquid have been safe products for my son so I wanted to share. With that being said, we smile on to a must-needed, “free and clear” weekend…

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Tbt – A “Bumpy” Car Ride

Today, we go back to the morning of January 9.  It was about three weeks since my son’s anaphylactic reaction and learning of his multiple food allergies. I had just stopped crying and was starting to think that I could and would totally make the best of all of this.  Just when I started to gain control of my emotions and life….Just when I started to feel like I was indeed a great mom for my son….

We ended up back in an ambulance to the emergency room.

AMBLUANCE

As we were driving to work and daycare, I heard my son gagging in the back.  So, I pulled over and saw that he had a red rash all over his chest and neck. In addition to this, his throat was slightly swollen. I panicked, called my husband to come, yelled to two random guys in the parking lot to help me.  I had no idea what was going on.   He had only nursed that morning and I had cut everything that he was allergic to out of my diet. I did not understand what was going on. I was terrified that I would need to administer the EpiPen.

Within minutes, a cop was next to me and calling for an ambulance.   My husband also soon arrived.  As I held my son, I knew that this was a different kind of reaction from his anaphylactic one to yogurt.  He even smiled  at my husband and the cop at one point.  Of course, like the night of December 13, it was snowing so it took a little longer than normal for the ambulance to arrive.

SNOFLAKES

While we took the ambulance to the hospital, he did not need anything but Benadryl. Within two hours, we were on our way home and scheduling to meet with our allergist.

After the allergist, we learned some new information about my son and living with food allergies.

  1. My son was diagnosed with dermatographic urticaria. Click here for more information about this skin condition.  This mixed with his multiple food allergies was making everything more complicated. He has very sensitive skin and gets random hives and reactions to environmental factors in addition to having many food allergies. Therefore, he needed to start taking a low dose of Zyrtec at night. With this Zyrtec, we would hopefully be able to control “random” environmental hives and reactions.
  2. More food allergy testing was done but testing is tricky at this age because they are so young and it’s not so accurate. This is when he ordered for many fruits, vegetables, and meats to be tested.  They also tested for autoimmune diseases.
  3. I also learned that in addition to his EpiPens/Auvi-Qs, I should always be carrying Benadryl with me too.

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After blood work results…

Based on his IgE levels, my son would now need to avoid soy and sesame in addition to the others (dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, oats, barley, wheat, coconut). However, we also gained some positive news.   All of the other tested fruits, vegetables, and meats were safe for us to continue to introduce.   This also included rice and corn which have been beyond helpful to his diet.  We were also informed that autoimmune diseases were not something that my son was dealing with based on these levels.

Today as I look back at some of the scariest times of my life, I realize how far we have already come and how much we all have grown in the process.  Despite it all, we know that we have so much to be thankful for so we smile on…

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My Random Musings

Research Article: Atopic Dermatitis & the Peanut Allergy

“History and severity of atopic dermatitis (AD) are risk factors for peanut allergy. Recent evidence suggests that children can become sensitized to food allergens through an impaired skin barrier… “

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Read more about this research here: Atopic dermatitis increases the effect of exposure to peanut antigen in dust on peanut sensitization and likely peanut allergy

Source: http://www.jacionline.org/


And we smile on because….

LOVE

Favorite Finds Friday – CeraVe

Over the course of the last twelve months, we have used many different lotions on TJ’s skin. At first, we barely used any but as his eczema flared up around this time last year, we started to use doctors’ suggestions, other parents’ recommendations, online reviews and of course, the infamous trial and error to see what would calm and treat his skin best. It was and is all about creating the best barrier to protect TJ’s skin and allowing his body to build up his skin’s filaggrin.

Here is a timeline of the skin products we have used over the past year.

  • SEPTEMBER 2014 – OCTOBER: Last September, we used some Aveeno products such as their lotion and even bath wash. While people all around us raved about it, it wasn’t helping TJ’s skin. We would soon learn that the Aveeno products we were using contained oat. (In December we would also learn that he was allergic to this.)
  • OCTOBER – DECEMBER: Then, at the end of October we switched to CeraVe baby lotion as it had been suggested by the allergist I took TJ to about his skin, worrying that he had food allergies. This allergist would become our main allergist in just a couple months. However, at the time it was thought that TJ just had dermagraphism. Now, we know it is both many allergies and this skin condition. We used this lotion on his skin for a month or so.
  • DECEMBER – JANUARY: As TJ’s many food allergies were discovered, he started to have many “random” hive and rash outbreaks. This was last January 2015 when we were thrown into the crazy world of food allergies as well. After speaking with many doctors, moms, and anyone who would listen to my rants at the time, we feared it may have been the lotions and bath washes we were using. So, I did what any mom or dad in my shoes would do, I played detective and researched like crazy. That is when we learned that Aveeno contained oat. However, I do recommend any of the Aveeno baby products for babies with eczema and no oat allergy. It was just a bit more complicated for us.
  • JANUARY – MARCH: Then, we turned to Vanicream with an extra coat of Aquaphor on top for the winter months.
  • MARCH – NOW (SEPTEMBER 2015): However, in March we started back with CeraVe but their moisturizing cream this time instead of the lotion.   Since this is what we still use and TJ’s skin seems to do best with it, we add this to our favorite finds while smiling on to the much needed weekend…

SMILES

Favorite Finds Friday – Soap Nuts

Last winter was when my son started to have more and more eczema flare-ups. Often times these flare ups would bother him most when he became bored, hot, or upset. Many times he would begin to scratch and irritate his skin especially on our car rides to work and day care. This was extra frustrating because often when he would wake up, his skin would be looking good. Then, as the day proceeded, it would get worse and worse.

After speaking with other moms and doctors, I knew it we had to find as many ways as possible to calm his heightened immune system so that it could continue to learn the true invaders to attack like bad bacteria and viruses. Instead, of attacking food and his own skin.

We had already done the following:

    1) Taken away all the food allergens with both of our elimination diets
    2) Limited contact with our dog Bailey (Tried to completely not allow any contact which definitely has gone out the window since TJ has become a toddler and is looove with Bailey now.)
    3) Made sure to keep the house vacuumed
    4) Used only TJ’s safe lotions and washes
    5) Made sure TJ’s skin always had a barrier of lotion/ointment.
    6) Made sure he only wore 100% cotton clothing (Tried for socks too but these are sooooo difficult to find so I settled for 80% cotton)
    7) Only used free and clear detergents…

Because these flare-ups still continued, we decided that we needed to try something different.  Maybe the free and clear detergent wasn’t enough for his skin? So for several months we used Soap Nuts, since another amazing mom had told me about the success she had with this detergent alternative with her son and his skin. While we no longer use them now, I am thankful that there are products like Soap Nuts out there for people like TJ so we have no choice but to smile on…