Scratch that. I should say pearly white. Singular.
We’ve got our first little tooth bud coming in over here! You wise, wise, readers were spot on when you mentioned that Owen’s weird poop issues might be related to teething. Not having been through teeth before, I had no idea they affected the whole body, right down to the poop. Babies’ bodies are amazing [and confusing!].
Anyway, after about a week of weird poop and two or three of the fussiest days we’ve seen in a long, long time, I finally felt that little
razor tooth bud poking its way up through Owen’s gums. Front left. It’s going to be so darn cute.
Luckily it hasn’t really affected his sleep, but instead caused an inordinate amount of whining over the last few days. Prior to this I had never heard this frustrated/whiny/pathetic/annoying sound. In the last few days I’ve heard it enough that now it sounds like nails across a chalkboard to me. Boy, do I hate whining. I hate it even more than full-on crying. But I gotta say, I’ve heard others say that teething wrecked sleeping and wreaked havoc on their happy baby in lots of different ways, so I am definitely thanking my lucky stars that, once again, Owen was a little trooper. Through this one, at least.
Apparently there are 19 more teeth to come (for baby teeth). Humph. I’m starting a petition to propose that they all come in at once so we can get the whining (and pain) over with in one fell swoop. Who’s with me?
In other news, since I think I’ve identified that Owen has a sensitivity (allergy, intolerance, hypersensitivity… whatever) to wheat, I checked the box of the baby oatmeal I’ve been feeding him since we started solids and although the ingredients just say “oat flour”, it also says “CONTAINS WHEAT”. What in the world?! Why would a manufacturer put wheat (one of the top 8 most allergenic foods) in BABY’S 1ST FOOD?! Back when we started solids I thought I was doing all the right things by starting with rice and oats and homemade fruits and veggies, and here I was feeding my child something contaminated with WHEAT for the last 4 months. It’s my own fault, really. It has the wheat warning right there on the box. But honestly I had no idea I had to even be looking for that, when it also says “Perfect for baby’s 1st food” right there on the front of the box.
Given this new information about a possible allergic reaction, though, I’m beginning to wonder if the wheat in his baby oats are the cause of the eczema we’ve been dealing with since November as well. While I hope and pray every day that this sensitivity doesn’t turn into an allergy that he has for the rest of his life, I would actually feel incredibly relieved and happy to know that his eczema is 100% preventable if we stick to a wheat-free diet.
Still, all of this is based on my own detective work, so it’s not necessarily correct. And, if he’s allergic to wheat, it’s possible that he has other hidden allergies that I haven’t figured out yet, too. This is all new territory for me, since neither Benjamin nor I have any food allergies. I’m half hoping I’m totally wrong, and he doesn’t have any sort of food allergies, and I drew conclusions based on coincidence rather than cause-and-effect; but I’m also half hoping that if food allergies are to blame for his poor eczema face, that we can figure it out, fix it, and move on, with or without certain foods in our diets.
Being a child with extreme food restrictions was always one of my biggest fears for Owen when I was pregnant with him. Maybe because I love food so much and it makes me so sad to think of my child growing up with fear as a big part of their relationship with food. So I’m really, really, really hoping these issues all fall into the bucket of “weird things kids have as babies and grow out of in a year or two”.
In the meantime, I’m thinking of taking Owen to an allergist so that we can get these food issues (and possibly the eczema) figured out sooner rather than later. Before I had a baby I always sort of thought going to an allergist was a recipe for creating problems in your life. Maybe you had no idea you had an allergy to peaches, but an allergist tells you you do, so you avoid them forever, but maybe you never would have had a reaction if you ate one? I hate the idea of using the information from one test, on one day, to diagnose something for a lifetime. On the other hand, if we can find out things that Owen is allergic to now, I don’t have to expose him to them anymore to “test” my theories. And as mom who fiercely loves my child, I would do anything to keep him from pain and sickness. I don’t know. I’m fairly conflicted about going at this point.
Have you had experience with baby allergies/sensitivities? What are your thoughts on seeing an allergist at this early stage of the game?