I am trying to figure out what our next step should be with our 2.5 year old DS and thought I would come here to ask the experienced mamas. I really appreciate any thoughts!
Our DS has always had food issues (reflux as an infant until 11 months) dairy, citrus, berry, and nut intolerances. I was on a total elimination diet for his first year but for over a year now I've been able to eat just about anything and he doesn't seem to react.
He still doesn't get citrus or dairy but has been increasing his interest in new foods which we are encouraging (including wheat, nuts, and eggs). He hasn't had a clear allergic reaction to anything and for a while he seemed totally fine with all these new foods and we were soooo excited thinking he might be over his food issues. Part of the reason we were excited was because he is verging on failure to thrive, he's small and hasn't grown as much as we would like lately. He is also language delayed and there is some thought it might be nutritional. So eating a lot of new, calorie/vitamin rich foods has been so great!
But now in the last few weeks he has gotten progressively worse eczema on the backs of his knees and in the last few days he hasn't slept AT ALL and he had hives on his chest in the bath today. Obviously this is some kind of allergy but I'm not sure where to go from here. I hate to cut back all this new food. His talking has suddenly had a spurt, he has put on almost a pound in the last few weeks so we really feel like he has needed a variety of foods he wasn't getting before.
Do we have to choose between growth with allergies or no allergies but missing out nutritionally? There is at least some small chance it is environmental since we just moved to a new place and we wonder if he might just be allergic to something blooming right now.
I am really worried about cutting back food when his development seems to be progressing but then he is obviously increasingly uncomfortable. I have no idea what to do next? Elimination diet for him? Cut out one thing at a time? Allergy testing?
How on earth do we even go about figuring this out?!