What better way to test your child’s food allergies than to feed her the culprits blindly? Yep, silly Mommy.
The last few days have been very busy, stressful, eventful (fill in your choice of appropriate words). During the mad rush, I loaded the two youngest girls in the car and left the house, realizing only later that I forgot to feed them or pack any allergy appropriate foods. Oops. So, I think, hey, Burgerville is local, fresh, sustainable. I should be able to manage something that isn’t packed full of chemicals that K3 can eat. I ordered her apple slices, juice and sweet potato fries.
There’s nothing with wheat, gluten, gliadin, spelt, rye, milk or whey in that order. We should be good to go.
Within 15 minutes K3’s face is bright pink and she is showing signs of agitation. By the time we reached our destination she was running around acting like a child with no DISCIPLINE.
I was discussing this with my Grandma… and she said, “you know Jamie, they cook those fries in the same oil as everything else.” Duh. I just gave my child sweet potato fries cooked in the same oil as her aunties breaded chicken strips and who knows what else.
Later, I looked at the menu on their website and discovered that there wasn’t any “bad” flours in the batter the fries were dipped in (fries dipped in flour… seriously?), but there was yellow dye and TBHQ in the oil. Lovely. Happy days.
I am voting that it was the flour contamination that caused K3’s reaction. We didn’t get rid of this reaction completely until we took her off all things containing the culprit flours. So, while removing the dyes and preservatives has gone a long way to improve things, she was still having some reactions.
And since I thought I was feeding her safe foods, I wasn’t expecting a reaction so those silly doctors can throw their theories out the window (we had an MD who said behavior related food reactions were caused by parents expectations, not by the actual food…)
We plan to do some challenge testing along the way, however, K3 needs a little more time off all the offending foods before we attempt any trials. Of course, those tests won’t be blind, so who knows if they will be 100% accurate.