Due to the constant ear infections and sinus infections, my daughter was quickly developing a resistance to antibiotics…all of them. After seeing a hearing specialist that the E.N.T. sent us to, it was clear there was no choice when it came to the topic of ear tubes. She told me that everything my almost one-year-old was hearing was muddled as if she was constantly under water. It would eventually delay her speech development if she didn’t get ear tubes put in to at least drain the fluid out of her ears caused by her constant infections and inflammation.
As hard as that was, ear tubes were the BEST thing we did as far as treatment. She handled the surgery well and started talking almost the next day. Her communication took off and it was a huge relief. But that did not solve the prevention of the infections. She could hear finally but her ears would constantly drain yellow fluid and her nose was still constantly clogged with green. What to do???
Just by chance, a friend of mine worked with in a wellness center that had chiropractic physicians who specialized in Applied Kinesiology. Not knowing much about what that meant but willing to try anything, we made an appointment. After faxing over the book that had become my daughter’s medical records, we spent a few hours learning a lot more about allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities to food. Yes and of course, finally, we had answers. She wasn’t tested for peanuts as we had a blood test to prove that after her reaction. She wasn’t allergic to dairy in a severe sense but she was dairy intolerant. The 24+ oz of whole milk (and dairy formula before that) I had been giving her every day was not helping her grow and become healthy… it was making her sick. And deep down, I had always known that. But without knowing what to do, where to turn, I just didn’t know an alternative. Because of her peanut allergy, she couldn’t have soy or almond milk. Thankfully, the wellness center doctors had options.
Luckily as well, my husband doesn’t just believe anything he is told. He researches everything to the point of becoming an expert on the topic. Pouring through books and articles and studies, he embraces knowledge and change is a way that is admirable. He went off on a campaign to not only find out what alternatives were out there for all things dairy and peanut filled, but to find out which were the healthiest. Yes Coconut Milk (http://www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com/products/coconut-milk-beverages) is good and it tastes similar but my daughter has been loving the Hemp Milk (http://livingharvest.com/products/milk) that actually provides more calcium for the past two years. There are many substitutes to peanut butter but most of them are made in a facility that processes some kind of nut product. Since my husband will do anything to make the kids smile, my daughters are now overjoyed to share a Sunbutter and Jelly sandwich (http://www.sunbutter.com).
In the beginning, there were not as many options for us. Thankfully, we are not alone. Gluten-free, peanut-free, dairy-free facilities are providing more and more food out there for everyone to enjoy. My daughter’s ear tubes eventually will fall out, and their purpose is long forgotten. Since implementing the changes to her diet she has been without a single infection. She is thriving and not missing out on a single song (loves to dance to MJ!) nor is she missing out on a single day of play because of an illness or infection. I will always be grateful for the chain of events that led me and my family to figure out a way to be gluten-free, peanut-free and dairy-free. If you have any products that you love, please let me know!