My 26mth old DD has had many issues related to food and possibly environmental sensitivities since birth.
She started eating solids at about 7 months and quite a lot since 9 months.
She has never had any issues with "thriving" or growing. And has been in the 95-97% since birth.
She has always had a hard time sleeping, been gassy, sneezes alot, itchy ears and mouth, diaper rashes etc.
She still often has runny stools, or not soft and "unformed" stools. She often has very smelly stools and often has undigested food in it.
We know for sure that she has reactions to citrus, tomatoes, berries (except blueberries), cheese, jams, any sauce or anything with citric acid in it. Her symptoms are red burning blotches on her face, arms and hands or wherever the food touches her. They coe up almost instantly. She has a chronic bright red vulva and anus. When she was in diapers she has chronic diaper rashes. She gets red circles under her eyes.
We have her on a dairy free diet, keep her from all the foods she reacts to (except she does come in contact with citric acid too often due to it being in everything). But even when she is citric acid free, she still seems to have other symptoms other than the rashes on her face and hands and she sleeps better without citric acid in her system.
Do you know anything about citric acid intolerance or sensitivity?
Do you think she may out grow it?
Do you feel that maybe her gut needs healing? How would you suggest we start?
Are there other things/words we should look out for on ingredients lists other than the words citric acid or lemon juice
She does eat very healthy amounts and types of foods. Many whole foods. Lots of chicken, fish, rice, bread with peanut butter, honey, avocado, broccoli, peas, sweet peppers, cucumber, cantaloupe, sweet potato, quinoa, squash, tomato free baked beans, apples and pears. She drinks only breast milk, fortified almond milk and water. She eats very little processed foods, which helps to keep her from citric acid.
But it seems like we are only feeding her the same foods over and over.