Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Crazy for Eggs

After all of the allergy testing we did with Bubble Boy, we knew that the offending foods definitely contributed to his tics.  But tics aren't Bubble Boy's only symptoms.  He has eczema-prone skin, has had hives on a few occasions, and doesn't have the most stellar digestive track record.  But out of 11 foods, we weren't sure which foods caused which symptoms.  The allergist encouraged us to do food challenges and we knew for sure that peanuts/almonds caused tics and we suspected also hives and cottonseed, chicken, and corn definitely caused tics.  We never did an egg challenge until a few weeks ago, and we decided that since the doctor made him a formulation that should allow him to enjoy eggs in very small amounts, we would give it a shot.  We had french toast for dinner--one of Bubble Boy's absolute favorites.

We didn't notice any issues that night and we were so relieved.  The next day we went to a local water park and Bubble Boy's behavior was out of control.  This is so not like him and it was odd.  It was like he couldn't even process what I was telling him to do.  He was doing bizarre things like sticking his head under my dress (bathing suit cover up) and being more reckless than he normally would.

That night, I talked to Rocket Man about it and brought up that the eggs could be the culprit.  He thought it was possible, but also said it could just be the excitement of the water park, which was also true.

This past week, we were out of town and we stopped at Waffle House for a bite to eat (we always know that anywhere that makes a grilled cheese can usually accommodate Bubble Boy's allergies).  But once we got inside, Bubble Boy begged for a waffle.  Knowing that the waffles contain eggs, I decided to let him have it and see how it affected his behavior.

The next day, he was out of control again.  It was bizarre.  His behavior was such that, if he was like that every day, I believe that once he got into school, they would have labeled him ADHD or something like that.  And even though I was having to scold him, I felt sorry for him, because I knew that that wasn't really him, and I knew that he couldn't even help it.

It really makes me wonder about kids who have been labeled or who have behavioral problems and if food allergies could be a culprit.  It also makes me sad to think that kids like that might be taking medications that they really don't need when they could just make some dietary changes.

We are so lucky that we picked up this so early.

5 comments:

  1. what a good point, I'll have to keep that in mind.

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  2. It is wonderful that you guys picked this up early. We are actually planning to take Jack to an allergist soon too. I know that there is a very small chance that allergies play into his problems, but if they do, I really want to know it. So, we are going to go that route as well - just as a precaution. I think TONS of kids are misdiagnosed with ADHD and the real problem is that the meds then usually have an adverse affect:(

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  3. I am constantly amazed by all the things that can be related to food issues and agree that finding all of this out now is a huge blessing for all of you.

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  4. what i don't understand is how the behaviors show up the next day. wouldn't they show up immediately?

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  5. i had noah on the feingold diet for his adhd, in the seventies, when it was the "thing" to do. it was just horrible, and it got to where i felt like he wasn't getting enough nutrition without all the foods i was withholding. the one commenter is right, those who truly don't have adhd will respond the opposite way on meds. noah was a "textbook case" as he was told by my special ed professor incollege, and they worked great, until the day he told me several years later" mom, i don't feel like i have a personality", then off they went.

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Your comments make me feel happy inside and help me forget for a brief moment that there are only so many ways to prepare tofu.