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April 4th, 2011, 05:49 PM
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I am about at my wits end. Something is going on with DD, and I don't know who or where to go to look into what is going on.

When I was pregnant with DD, I could not tolerate any kind of dairy product (yogurt, milk, cheese, ice cream, you name it - I was throwing up the second it crossed the placenta)! I was able to eat dairy again just fine as soon as DD was born. I just didn't eat a lot of dairy, and was kind of on my avoid list because I had gotten sick so often trying to eat dairy products until I learned my lesson.

When DD was about 8-9 months old and started eating table foods, her favorite food was cheese slices. However, she was gassy and very hard to settle for sleep if she ate it within a few hours of nap or bed time. So we only offered cheese as like an AM/breakfast or afternoon snack deal. She seemed fine by the time she was 12-15 months old. She eats any and all dairy products now without a care in the world. So obviously, if she has a problem with dairy is not that big of a deal.

Well, about 6 months ago we went to chick-fil-a with her dad. She threw up all over the place after eating a single chicken nugget. It was after they changed up their oils that they use. Since then she's thrown up several times after eating a chick fil a. She used to be fine. Needless to say chick fil a is not in our list of quick meals anymore.

Well, in the last month with other foods she's starting to gag or throw up. Like today at lunch she was having a sandwich (cheese and turkey - our normal deal), strawberries, and peaches. She just had the look on her face like she could throw up any minute. Another time, she did this after she ate dry cereal. Another time, a pop tart. I mean, you name it - she's probably gotten that sick feeling.

I don't know what the heck is going on! Any meal time is a nightmare! She's scared to eat and says she's allergic to everything. We have a 4 bite rule - she has to eat 4 bites of whats on her plate before being excused. I have no idea if she's really hurting or something really is bothering her.

As if that isn't enough, she's starting to complain about her heart more often. For those that don't know, she was born with a heart defect. Her's is not an innocent mummor or hole in her heart like most assume - its a condition that will only get worse with time and evetually require sugery up to a valve transplant/replacement. So we don't usually play around with this stuff, but she's not at a point to call the cardiologist. Although, it wouldn't hurt to take her in if they thought it was warrented. We were just there in late december, so its highly unlikely that anything changed since she's been pretty much stable since birth.

I'm just at a loss. With all that is going on, does it sound like she's allergic to something in her diet, is it reflux, a combination. She is just going through a phase? H is more aware about her heart, she knows that the getting sick stuff gets a reaction. It is just curiousity and "talk" on her part? Could she be making herself sick on purpose (as bad as that sounds) to get out of eating certain foods (which I doubt)? I'm not exactly pleased with her doctor at the moment. But our 5 year old visit isn't until July. I'm tempted to just start a food, sleep, heart, etc diary for her. I imagine if it is an allergy issue, an elimination diet is the answer. Of course allergy testing is not something that is high up on my list of "to do's" with our insurance paying 100% this might just be the best time to explore this more in depth. I am sure any issues she has is more intolerance then allergic, which is a whole new type of testing from my understanding and less understood. I just feel like I'm going to go into the doctor as "that crazy parent." However, both DH and I notice it and she talks about it to others that her belly hurts and she feels like she's going to throw up often shortly after she eats.
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April 5th, 2011, 05:54 AM
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Good luck, hon. I don't have any experience with something like that, but with as severe as it sounds like it is right now, I'd take her to a doctor to get her checked out.
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April 5th, 2011, 06:27 AM
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I don't know, but I'd definitely be calling the doctor.
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April 5th, 2011, 06:27 AM
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Wow, how scary! I would definitely take her in as well! With all that throwing up - that doesn't sound behavioral to me. Of course I am sure there are times where she will use this to her advantage but it definite;y sounds like there is something underlining. I would mention the heart stuff too. Let us know how you make out. ♥
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April 6th, 2011, 02:24 PM
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She doesn't throw up that often. However, she coughs or gags like she's having reflux issues.

I'll probably call the doctor next week. Its probably crazy on that side of town and in the doctor's office if they are even open! Due to a Thunderstorm early Tuesday, all of the power lines got knocked down! THe whole area her doctors office is at was closed yesterday and not expected to reopen until at the earliest this evening (I haven't checked the news yet to see if they are reopened). It is/was really bad!
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April 7th, 2011, 01:20 AM
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Hi OMG it is such a hard time for you. I went through same sort of thing. My now 4 1/2 year old could only eat rice based products and fresh fruit and veg untill she was 3. I went through my peadiatition and wthen went to an allergy testing place. I live in Melbourne Australia not sure where you are let me know if u need any advice on basic foods etc. I used to make a basic friedrice and she loved it then went through a time of living on banana's the peadiation said just feed her what ever she craves cause her body will be asking for it. I know how hard it is pls vent if you need to i was so alone and my previous marriage broke up due to the stress it put me and DD through.

Good luck and there is always help out there Pls talk to me if you need it.

xx

Also she had relux till she was 2 yrs old. we put her on special thickened formula till she was 18 months and tablets called LOSEC through the children's Hospital

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April 8th, 2011, 11:10 AM
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Well, calling her doctor was useless. THey told me what I already knew more or less. On top of that they refuse to do any kind of testing and wont give me the name of anyone or any specialist who will. They want me to just keep a food diary and eliminate foods. Well, duh! That is obviously the answer, but I don't want to go blindly eliminating foods and want to know if there are other foods would should eliminate while we're at it. Not that I want DD to have to have blood work or go through a typical allergy scratch test. I just feel like at least having some blood work done and doing a scratch test for some common allergies would be helpful to know to what extent we need to eliminate. IE: she's got some kind of problem at CFA - IDK if its the new oil or the peanut oil. My money is on the new oil, but I've read/heard that allergy reactions become worse over time. What if she just had some mild issue and we didn't catch it. Only recently did she start having a more noticeable reaction. As such, we've been avoiding peanuts and anything processed with peanuts - but are we rightly doing so or is it really the new oil? Ya know, I want some kind of answers not just guesses and restrict her diet from what little she does eat! IF she doesn't have a milk or lactose issue then the kid can keep eating her mac & cheese and yogurt (2 fav foods). If it isn't allergies, then its a reflux or similar issue and we can approach it that way. But the way it always happens after eating one of those two food groups that is my guess.

I guess I"m looking for scientific proof. So anyways, the new doctor search begins. I still need to find out if I need a referral because if I don't then I'll just go to the specialist.
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April 8th, 2011, 05:14 PM
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could you go to a children's hospital? they might be able to show u in the right direction. Does your DD loose weight? that is the only reason that the doc actually did something about it. It sounds like the new oil could be a reason for the reaction. there is also sites on the internet where you can join for support i will have a look at one that i joined for my daughter. It made me feel better knowing that i was not alone and what was happening to my DD was real and it was not something that i had done to her.

Good luck finding another doc i really hope you get answers. How is your princess holding up through all of this. Poor little thing xo
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