My youngest DS is 4 years old. He's had his share of respiratory trouble from early infancy and dx'd w/ asthma shortly before his 3rd birthday. Nothing serious, really, and no daily meds for a long time except Zyrtec for allergies. We had a nebulizer at home and albuterol to use as needed. Then last October he took a sharp turn and he had a 911 emergency asthma attack, and several flares since then. Really, he hasn't been completely well since October, though we've added daily controller meds and he's not having the acute flares that he was.
So we finally got in to see an asthma specialist, who tweaked his meds some. He had his allergy tests today. Worst part of that was, no Zyrtec for a week, so his poor nose and eyes! I was surprised by how few things he reacted to during the tests. DH also has asthma and loads of allergies. DS was only allergic to the common trees around here - I don't think there are too many people in this part of the country who aren't allergic to elm, juniper, and mulberry!
So I thought he had no food allergies. I limited his dairy pretty strictly because it seemed to contribute to his nose being so gunky all the time. Turns out, he is significantly allergic to soy, zero reaction to dairy. So here I've been, giving the kid soy yogurt, thinking I was being so responsible! Fortunately he's always had rice milk to drink, but still, he's had lots of soy exposure. Which makes me feel bad, but on the other hand, now that we know, who knows how much his health could improve now that we know to cut it out entirely? It was such a strong reaction (3+) that I'm really looking forward to how his color and his circles might change in a couple of weeks.
But the worst reaction by far was to kapok, which I never heard of before today. It's a plant fiber that's sometimes used as stuffing in toys or pillows. It's got to be in my house somewhere, and I can't find it! We have very few stuffed toys because of mites, but they're all polyester. Ditto all the comforters, bed pillows, the futon, bed mattresses, the couch, I've turned this house inside out reading all the labels, even cut some stuff open to look at the stuffing. All safe polyester filling. I can't shake this awful feeling that there's something in my house that's poisoning my kid, and I can't find it! I'm going to my mom's house as soon as this big winter storm we're having allows it to read all her furniture labels since DS spends some time over there every week.
So I'm bummed about this soy thing, because it seems to be the hardest of all foods to avoid. At his preschool, all the kids take turns bringing snack, but he'll have to start bringing his own every day from now on. He probably won't care; there's another girl who has to do that, so they both might be glad to have a "partner."
So who knows anything at all about kapok? Any clues at all? There's very little info about it on the web except, ironically, that it's heavily advertised as a great alternative for allergy sufferers!
Enough rambling from me. I'll probably be here more in the future to drink from yall's well of wisdom.