I am no stranger to having allergies, food allergies, seasonally allergies, pet allergies... I know it because well I live with it. I never knew the much about allergies when I was younger other than it made me feel funny or made something swell or gave me excema other than that I just stuck to what I knew I am suppose to eat.
Sadly my son has the same allergy jean as I do. I noticed it when he was a baby, he had excema. Since our family gets it all the time when we are allergic to something, I knew that had to be something I was giving to him through nursing or through products I use. I did everything, I tried taking things out of my regular food menu to changing soaps and creams. Nothing was working, the excema kept coming. That is when I said "That is it, I am going all natural!"
Fast forward to when he is two and two weeks ago at the pediatrician office. I brought up the whole allergy thing again and simply asked for him to book a allergy test for my son. Now he says, "Ask you family doctor to book an allergy test for you." Arggg.... why couldn't I know this information a long time ago! Thankfully it wasn't like pulling teeth to get him a allergy test, my doctor was very understanding and we got an appointment that week.
The ProcessI don't know if you had a allergy test before but first you talk to the allergy doctor about any allergies your or your family has as well as things you want to test for. The allergy doctor asked me "Does your son get excema?" and when I said yes, he told me "excema is a form of an allergic reaction". Then he will check out your child`s nose and mouth before you go and sit down with the nurse.
Next, requires dots on your arms and a gentle scratch then you wait for the dots of - let`s call it allergy juice to get inside your skin and cause a bump or not. Honestly I was worried about how my son would handle things. A two year old sitting still with arm out for a while wasn't something I could picture but it happened. He observed every drop the nurse but on his arm and while he waited he occupied himself with sliding sunglasses across the table back and forth until it was time to see the results.
Oranges (my mind was literally blown) Wait? All this time I have been giving him oranges for snack, orange juice and...oh no... The Honest Company uses orange peel oil in their kids body wash. Nooo! Bye bye Honest Company Body Wash. There was other things on his results but I have to say that this one that shocked me the most.
My advice is to get your kids tested. Allergic reactions doesn't only mean that your lip or eye swells or that worse case scenario, your throat closes but regardless what your doctor says excema is a sign of an allergic reaction. Something your child is eating or using is not agreeing with their body. Its not natural to have excema, its your body telling you that something is wrong. Look at me, I been feeding my son oranges and even bathing him in it without knowing that he was allergic to it this whole entire time. Its not prescribe gels that will remove the problem, its actually taking the allergy away that will get rid of the problem.
You have no idea how happy I am to find out what my son is allergic to. Its has been a huge weight off my shoulders and now I can buy things that will not affect him. A happy son = a happy mama!
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