My 10-month-old is a horrible sleeper and has been since about 5 months old. That, plus some mild circles under her eyes, made us wonder if she has a food allergy or intolerance. We stopped wheat and dairy for about a month, with no change. But I'm so sleep-deprived and obsessed that now I feel totally paralyzed about what to feed her. So I guess I have two questions:
- Can a food allergy really show up ONLY in their sleep? Is this even worth pursuing?
- Those of you with older babies, are you feeding them the so-called "allergenic" foods: tree nuts, soy, eggs, cheese/yogurt, wheat, etc? At what age did you start introducing those foods?
I feel like we have gotten stuck - I'm terrified to feed her anything that might make the sleep even worse, but I'm so exhausted that I can't cope creatively with a special diet. The child is starting to look at me like, "Seriously? You call this lunch?" Just needing a grip on what other (sane!) mamas are doing.