ETA: I know this thread probably belongs in the Allergies section but I added it here since we follow a ancestral/traditional diet.
*Warning: Too many thoughts in my head right now and the following post may seem incoherent*
I have a 17 mo who has been breast-fed from birth and exclusively till he was one. He has been fairly healthy, with an occasional cold here and there that went away within a few days w/o any medication. He would sound slightly congested in the night sometimes and our pediatrician said that it is normal and has to do with the dry, cold weather where we live. He has some bumps on his left upper arm and the Ped said it's keratosis pilaris and that it's genetic and nothing to worry about. Hs cheeks sometimes get flushed and slightly bumpy. Again, the doctor said it is because of the cold weather. He has soft and blemish-less skin everywhere else. I'm convinced that skin health is greatly dependent on gut health. As for my son's diet, everything he eats is home-cooked: my own version of Primal + WAPF - veggies, fruit, meat, poultry, wild salmon (haven't tried shell-fish yet), ghee, butter, coconut oil, rice, lentils, occasionally soaked/sprouted beans. He has shown intolerance to eggs (organic, cage-free from grocery store), he's thrown up on the days (not immediately after eating it though) he's eaten eggs and I would give him only the yolks. But he seems to do ok with farm-eggs but I've been avoiding eggs anyway.
I also started giving him raw kefir about 2 weeks ago to improve his gut flora. Up until then, the only dairy he's eaten is ghee/butter/cream/ a little bit of organic pasteurized yoghurt/ sheep milk cheese. I noticed that he started having small dry patches on his left arm. It doesn't seem to bother him but I was worried. Also, he has been severely congested for the last 3-4 days - I think he has a cold. So I stopped giving him dairy altogether. Also, about 10 days ago we were traveling and we had to eat out for almost 4 days, he ate stuff from restaurants (processed cheese, deep-fried stuff and some other processed foods that I thought was the least unhealthful). So these patches on the skin could have been a result of the foods we ate when we were traveling, I don't know. His cheeks seem to get red after he eats something or breast-feeds. My husband, who is an MD and doesn't believe in food being medicine, said all kids have skin issues and that it is nothing to worry about. And that if I'm concerned I can apply hydrocortisone.
Excuse my rambling, I have too many thoughts going on in my head and can't seem to type it out coherently. Anyway, so I emailed my naturopath and he said he clearly has food sensitivities. And he said at his age, it's difficult to test using the electro-magnetic test that he employs and that an allergic test using blood may be a good start. And he also emailed me saying my son can't digest meat!!!! I have no idea how he came up with that conclusion.
A little background about myself: I cured my dysmenorrhea of 20+ years by giving up gluten and adopting traditional fats 3 years ago. So I'm convinced diet is the best medicine. My husband, a very dedicated doctor, unfortunately thinks modern medicine is the solution and kind of believes in the conventional nutritional advice. So we have a LOT of disagreements on what to feed our child. In fact, I was feeding my son raw kefir without his knowledge!!! Drinking raw milk, according to him, is the height of ignorance and stupidity. So much so that I had to stop drinking raw milk when I was pregnant, it was so not worth the stress at home.
Have I lost you all yet? I've been reading about gut health and food intolerances and I'm literally losing sleep. This morning, toddler has a lot of undigested bits in his poop and one thread here in the forum said that could be a sign of damaged gut!!! And that reddish cheeks can signs of salicylate sensitivity. I thought i was feeding my son healthy and now I'm devastated to know that the foods I'm feeding him could be affecting to negatively. After I stopped the kefir, I started giving him Ther-biotic infant formula probiotic. I plan on giving him CLO too, just trying to research which s a good brand.
Also, I've been regretting the ABX dose I had to take for a UTI while I was pregnant with him. I did take probiotics with it though. Anyway, to come back to my question, am I over-reacting to his symptoms? What can I do to improve his gut-health? What can I do to alleviate his symptoms? What can I do to improve his immunity?
P.S.: I'm convinced DH has bad gut flora. he has severe GERD, is fatigued all the time, eats a lot of processed foods - breads and such, has had fungal infection on his skin for as long as I have known him, SEVERE seasonal allergies (takes steroids every spring). According to him, drugs and prescription are the only solution. He refuses to believe diet can help him. He naively asks, "If diet could solve it, don't you think the medical community would have figured it out by now?" Just wanted to add to give you some idea about Dad's health too.
Edited by maba - 2/24/12 at 9:43am