Since my son was born, he's had signs of an allergy/intolerance. The lactation consultant told me that it was probably a sensitivity to dairy, and if he didn't have any major reactions, it was no big deal. His pediatrician said he probably has seasonal or household allergies and to keep some benadryl on hand in case he needs it. I have never given him any type of medication other than a few doses of erythromycin when he had a goopy eye at a few weeks old and a few doses of tylenol here and there. He has only been what I would consider "sick" twice in his almost three years. Somewhere around 1 year old, he had a 102 degree fever that only lasted one day with no other symptoms, and a couple of months ago, he vomited once and generally felt bad all day.
But he has had these symptoms consistently (meaning, pretty much every day):
- allergy ring around his anus
- dark circles under his eyes
- his breastfed poop was always green. I figured it was because of my oversupply/over-active letdown, but my daughter has not had any green poop
- since he's eaten solids, he has several very loose and extremely smelly poops every day
Does this sound like an intolerance or a full-blown allergy? Would a pediatrician be the best person to diagnose him? What type of test should I ask for? Should I skip that and go straight to an elimination diet? Any other advice for me?
Thanks in advance!