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We have been living with allergies and intollerances in our house for 4 years now, it has become a part of our lives and at times has taken over our lives completely. Little G had a minor lactose intolerance and honestly that was enough for me! Dealing with numerous stinky nappies a day was enough to push me over the edge in those early days. All of that was nothing compared to what I was going to have to face a few years later with LJ.
Nothing prepares you for motherhood does it? Nobody is there handing out guidebooks at the hospital. There are plenty of people offering well intentioned advice but none of it is much help really, only you know your own baby. I knew my own baby and I knew something wasn’t right. Having been down a very similar road with Little G I was better equipped, more able to fight for support, but it was still hard and nobody was there to help me.
LJ was born with CMPA – a cows milk protein allergy, and that meant I was unable to breastfeed. I tried giving up dairy myself but she was so sensitive to it all that it was not enough. At 7 weeks I had to admit defeat and that is where my fight began. Doctors are not willing to hand out formula to just anybody- they want you to earn it! My friend’s little girl almost died as doctors refused to give her what she needed- stating it was just colic. Her mum knew best and I knew best and in the end both of us were able to get the milk we needed for our babies.
The journey didn’t stop there though, just when you feel safe in the little bubble that is bottles and specialist formula along comes weaning. Suddenly you are met with food labels and more allergies- we now face soya and gluten as allergen in our house. Something that was only discovered as we introduced solids.
Thankfully supermarkets seem to be realising that allergies are real and there are more and more products out there to make our lives easier. She is at an age now that I cannot fob her off with a ricecake. If she sees us eating something she wants the same.
It can seem never ending at times, as though she will never be a normal child like the others. And yet…
There is hope
This week I made a lasagne. I made it with real white sauce- butter and milk. I sprinkled real cheese on top. And she ate it. She ate it and I waited, I waited for the signs to appear, for the cries and the sleepless night. I waited but they didn’t come. She ate dairy, albeit a small amount but she ate it and she was fine.
This week we saw light at the end of this tunnel and it was amazing.
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