Allergies or Food Sensitivity?
Which was it? We just did not know...
The Challenge of Identifying a
Food Allergy in an Infant
Extreme Measures: A Mother's Love for Her Daughter
While the symptoms subsided, Betsy still had a very difficult time calming herself and the rash continued to come back often...even sporadically it seemed.
It was then determined that we should assess Betsy for allergies and avoid coconut at all costs. Little did we know that Betsy was not only reactive to coconut, but also to any derivative of coconut. We learned this the hard way.
Kathy is an occupational therapist and worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at one of the premier hospitals for neonatology in California. There was an amazing spray that was used in the hospital to remove odors (medical grade…the good stuff!). We brought some of this home and found this was a wonderful way to remove those not-so-pleasant odors that arise when changing diapers. We kept this spray by Betsy’s changing table and used it occasionally when it was really needed. Then we realized that there was a correlation between Betsy’s diaper changes and trying to soothe her afterwards. It was here we realized the problem. Listed as the seventh ingredient on this magical spray was a derivative of coconut! We felt grateful for the discovery and decided to see what other allergens would cause similar reactions.
Allergy testing wasn’t a breeze, but it was necessary, and Betsy and momma were both troopers. I think it was worse for me (not a fan of needles) than either of them! Ironically, the allergy tests were not conclusive. Betsy didn’t show specific allergens. In fact, the control response was actually the largest reaction! How could this be?
Allergic or not, we were staying away from coconut and Kathy stayed the course on her rather extreme diet, but this was the only thing that seemed to be helping our little girl.
The Surprising Solution: A Natural Remedy
It was at this time Dr. Tennant came to town for a family gathering and we stared to have a conversation about Betsy. Dr. Tennant is always curious about our family and has a sincere passion for kids. The conversation was as follows:
“How are the kiddos?” Dr. Tennant asked.
“Leroy and Nancy are doing well but we’re struggling with Betsy,” I responded.
“Oh, how so?” asked Dr. Tennant.
“Well, she’s reacting to coconut severely. Any derivative of coconut causes the same reaction, yet the allergy tests show she’s not "allergic" to coconut,” I stated.
Dr. Tennant asked if Betsy was on reflux medication. Odd question, I thought, but she was. “Yes,” I responded.
“I have a suggestion.” Dr. Tennant said. “I bet if you take Betsy off the reflux medication and increase her stomach acid, everything should go back to normal.”
“I thought stomach acid was the problem, so we needed the reflux for heartburn.”
Dr. Tennant responded, “Actually, heartburn is a sign of low stomach acid, and the reflux medication isn’t helping this. If she is still breast feeding and Kathy increases her iodine levels, it should transfer through the milk to Betsy and the problem should resolve itself.”
My mind was blown.
Give Kathy iodine and Betsy would get better? Really??
I thanked Dr. Tennant for his thoughts and time, and we continued with the party. I then followed up with several allergists and pediatricians who stated that Dr. Tennant’s theory might work.
The body does need adequate levels of iodine and iodide. Different tissues use different forms. Iodine is also one of the things the body needs to create stomach acid, in addition to zinc, salt, and vitamin B1. Theoretically this could make sense. If Betsy isn’t getting enough iodine, and we could increase her stomach acid, maybe this would all resolve?
This seemed like an incredible long shot, but it was worth a try. We went for it and Kathy continued on her strict diet all the while taking Dr. Tennant’s® Lugol’s Iodine Plus Capsules to increase her iodine levels in the hope that it would help our sweet girl.
Overcoming Allergies: How Dr. Tennant Helped Betsy
We called the pediatrician and they suggested that we "test" Betsy before going into the clinic as Dr. Tennant’s theory did have merit. We scheduled the time in the clinic and had medical staff around (including the Epi-pen) and were going to test Betsy with coconut.
The first test was rubbing coconut oil on her skin. We tried a small amount on her leg…no reaction! We tried a bit more and still no reaction. We waited and then tried smelling the coconut. Again, no reaction. Then the kicker was having Betsy eat some of the fresh coconut meat. I was terrified but curious. Is this working?
Betsy ate the coconut meat – NO REACTION!
We couldn’t believe it! The pediatrician couldn’t believe it, but it worked. By increasing Kathy’s iodine levels while breast feeding, and stopping Betsy’s reflux medication, Betsy was able to create more stomach acid and digest the food to which she was sensitive. How awesome is that?!
We had a similar story with our fourth child Clyde with sunflower. We did the same thing and now Kathy, Betsy and Clyde are all eating normal healthy diets without limitations and are living their best lives!
Thank you, Dr. Tennant, for your care, compassion, and kind thoughts, and thinking outside traditional medicine to help our family get our lives back!
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