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Sep 27, 2008
maielise
GRRR! Potato Allergy or Intolerance?....Shall we dance?
Hey Ladies,

Hope everyone is doing well and getting some rest and you don't see this till morning!

There is something funny going on with this site, I also was not able to log on all week until just now. I have been on the site reading up and keeping up with everyone.

I started my new job this week and survived the whole, week the best I could considering the roller coaster that we live in with this goofy thing called reflux.

Julian was finally able to go back to school on Monday and he has done really well almost the entire week. Eating like a champ sleeping the entire night.

Then there was last night & today. Last night I was getting stuff ready for my Girl Scout meeting on Sat. and he started "barking" I went in to check on him and he had scooted all the way to the end of his bed, so I scooted it him back up to where he was elevated and he went right back to sleep and slept the rest of the night "phew" I thought!

He woke up fine went to school then at around 12:30 I got that dreaded call Julian threw up in the playground come pick him up! I called the school nurse and asked her what the circumstances were, was he exercising, running excessively, did he already have lunch? That combination of things we avoid after eating and have asked them to allow him a bit of leniency because of his condition.

She was quick to point out that she know about his GERD and that no he was not running or over exerting himself in any way. That there is a bug going around and she can't take any chances...what ever he coughs more than twice in a row and they are quick to send him home!

Yesterday Julian was in the mood for fries, so I thought instead of frying them I would bake them, just plain unflavored baked fries and he ate them up. Something we have not had in a very looooong time, overall we tend to stay away from greasy food but here or there we indulge. I baked them because I already know he is extremely sensitive to greasy food.

I picked him up from school and he was fine, took a nap woke up feeling better. He even asked for dinner, so I threw the rest of the potato's in the oven he also had soup. Not really thinking that the potato's made him cough last night I figured it would be "safe" <--ha is that even possible?

Anyhoo it is now about 11 p.m. and he lost his stomach again and I swear it was the potato's he even said I shouldn't have had the potato's(tmi moment...it smelled strong like potato) He couldn't have had more than 3 or 4 really he just picked at them, but he ate up his soup.

Poor kid he was upset for a while because he is worried for tomorrow as he turns the big 6 and we have a party scheduled! Hopefully this passes and we can have some fun. He has had a rough month so far.. He deserves a good time!

I am just wondering can he be allergic/intolerant? He is not in pain, no fever once it is out he is fine. Or is it just the reflux? O' My... When will this dance be over?

Well, I am off me and Elise have an early start in the morning. O, also Julian has his 1st appt. with Dr. Whitney in Plano on Tuesday so I am looking forward to picking her brain since she is a pedi GI specialist.

Sigh...I know I rambled on and if you made it this far THANK YOU! lol! I had to let it all out.

Sep 27, 2008
katiesmommy
Tracey, mom to Katie. Diagnosed with reflux at 3 weeks and put on Zantac. At 8 months old she was removed from Zantac as it was giving her migraines, currently on Prevacid. Switched to Elecare since she is not gaining weight; trialing solids after being off for a month. Geneticist said reason she isn't gaining weight is she is stubborn. Upcoming appts.: Neurologist for developmental delay and EGD scheduled for September. She is one funny baby!
We tried a few bites of potato for our 11 mo last week. Plain boiled and peeled potato with no salt and she had a rough night. She also did get sick a few days later so until we try them again we won't know for sure but she woke up in the middle of the night to eat and she passed some really loud and long gas so I don't know. I didn't think potato would be an issue but........
Sep 27, 2008
elysabethsmom
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
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When Elyse first started table foods, I was out at a work function one night and DH and his brother/sis in law gave Elyse some fries. She threw up within 30 minutes and they did not tell me. So, the next day we were all out shopping and stopped at Sonic for a quick lunch. I said "hey, should we give her a couple fries and she if she can handle them?" This was back when she was still throwing up most days. So I gave her a couple and immediately she threw up. Then they all admitted that they had given her some the night before!

Were these plain potatoes that you used at home? Or the frozen fries? We tracked Elyse's issue down to soybean oil that the companies fry things in. She had more issues with soy than with dairy. Even though soybean oil is supposed to be "hypoallergenic" because the protein has been removed (same with soy lecithin), when I researched it I found that it is nearly impossible to remove all the protein and that very sensitive people will still react. She could not have ANYTHING with any soy derivative for a long time.

Sep 27, 2008
mdbarbagallo
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
That is awful - I'm sorry! I know how depressing it is to seemingly fail on a new food. I am wondering...could you try again later on (like in a week) with fresh fries that you make yourself? They are actually pretty easy to make (says the woman who can't even make rice in the rice cooker) for the normal person (read: not me), and at leats you know what is going on. If he does OK, then you might be able to rul eout a problem with potato and look into seeing if there is a soy problem like Sharon said.

Was there a lot of vomiting? Any diarrhea today? Any skin reactions? If not, it is *possibly* not an allergy...in our experience, it is usually pretty obvious (although I know this isn't the case with everyone, unfortunately).

Hope he feels better soon!!

Sep 27, 2008
maielise
Thanks for the responses, they were potato's I picked up at the store fresh I peeled and cut. I sprayed them with a little evoo.

I know he tolerates that well. That is all I have ever used. I did just recently start him on soy milk with his cereal in the mornings, he had it all week. Not to mention that he has had soy milk in the past w/o any reaction.

Can it be a new reaction to it? I mean can you pick up new allergies/intolerance's along the way? It is so weird...

All together he lost his stomach 3-4 times he slept the whole night and woke up fine! I asked him what happened at school and he said all of sudden his tummy hurt then he threw up. It would hurt just before each episode then once everything is out he would be back to himself.

I am going to cut off the soy milk and potato's and then try them on separate occasions to see what he reacts to. I feel bad doing it like that but I guess it is really the only way to know. For now I am adding it to our ever growing list and I am bringing it to Dr. Whitney.

No skin reactions, no diarrhea, but he does have some aweful smelly gas!

Well, we are off little man wants to celebrate his b-day bowling since we had to postpone his b-day party. He has been good all morning and ate really well with out any issues...so far.

Sep 27, 2008
mom2halleyann
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
Don't have anything that I can add, but I think you'll like Dr. Whitney - heard lots of good things about her. If we have a second child with GERD, we'll be headed to see her. Good luck!
Sep 28, 2008
elysabethsmom
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
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If it was the spray oil in a can, it most likely had soy in it. I have never been able to find a spray one without it, unless you have your own sprayer that you pour bottled EVOO into. And reactions can very definitely build up over time. A lot of times kids won't have a reaction the first time, it can take a few tried for it to build up. I know with casein and gluten, it can take 2 weeks for it to leave the system. hope you get it all figured out!
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