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June 1st, 2010, 10:43 AM
Mega Super Mommy
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Location: Hampton Roads, VA, USA
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Rebecca had her 18 month appointment with our doctor last week, and we talked about the soy/legume issue, as well as any other 'potential' sensitivities/allergies (our doctor considers a broader spectrum than just anaphylaxis to be allergies), and when we should consider testing and introducing and all that stuff, due to family history and current issues, and he said considering the history, he wouldn't suggest introducing anything nuts/peanuts/shellfish until she's at least close to three, if not even four or five years old... this is gonna be a looooong wait, LOL! Anyway, he DID say that he thought allergy testing would be a good idea for next spring/summer, so we have an idea of where to go first when we do start introducing things, so we'll be getting a referral from him at her 2 yr appointment.

Found out something interesting, and new information to *me* at least, while there, and I wish I'd known beforehand because it's totally revamping the way I am going to introduce solids to baby #2... the higher the protein content in a food, the more likely a baby is to develop a sensitivity/allergy to the item, because the immune system starts fighting the proteins and they basically end up overloading the baby's system. I SO wish I'd known that-- I held off on milk for a long time, but didn't on the legumes and soy (figured they wouldn't be a major issue at 11 months). He actually prefers babies EBF until they are 12 months if the parents can pull it off, but there was no way I could keep Rebecca away from solids by 10 months, lol. She was walking, able to open cupboards, and knew how to open containers and bags!
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June 1st, 2010, 04:14 PM
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just throwing this out there, for comparision, but i did not breastfeed either of my children so they had formula for 12 months, then switched to milk.... they both got cereal at 5 months old, they both started eating beechnut baby food around 6 or 7 months old................ my oldest doesn't have any allergies and my youngest has a ton

so while the protein things seems legit, i know that i didn't do anything different with my 2 children as infants and one only "got" allergies

and, legumes? those r beans, right??

Dylan loves school and anything to do with learning (counting, reading & math). This spring he started another season of soccer, as well as playing Tee Ball for the first time. He new favorite toys are Transformers & WWE Wrestling figurines. He loves to color and be artistic. He's currently finishing Kindergarten.

Delaney has eczema due to allergies. She's Egg-Free, Wheat/Gluten-Free, Peanut-Free & Citrus Fruits-Free. She's lefty and the rest of us in the house are righty. She loves Yo Gabba Gabba, Pinocchio, Princess Snow White, Aurora, Belle & Care Bears. We're currently working on potty training, but it's not going well......

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June 1st, 2010, 04:24 PM
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I think allergies are such a mystery, they don't *really* know what causes them... just thought it was interesting information to have.

And yes, legumes are beans, and a whole whack of other things (not just what we think when we think dried beans/green beans). It includes all beans, peas, peanuts, and then there are a bunch of *related* but not considered legumes, including lentils... EVERYTHING causes a reaction in her, except green peas and green beans!
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