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Kaitlyn's Holiday Scare

Written on December 27, 2007 by Kevin.

Oh what would the Christmas season be without a trip to the emergency room? My wife has been exclusively breastfeeding Kaitlyn for nearly 6 months now. We have started feeding her the occasional bowl of rice cereal however that is always a slow process to get them adjusted to it. In the meanwhile, my wife decided to give her the first bottle that she has ever had. A bottle filled with formula.

We let Kaitlyn try to work with the bottle herself but she was just too fussy and after a bit I had taken her out of her chair. It was mere minutes later that I noticed her face was all red. Further examining it, she had red bumps all over her face. She was having an allergic reaction to the formula. Now in semi-panic mode, we made the quick decision that we needed to go to the emergency room because she was already sounding different like her throat was tightening up. We replaced her clothing and discovered that any place that the formula had touched including her hands and chest were also having the reaction. We headed out quickly.

My wife sat in the back of the car with the kids as I quickly rushed to the ER as she was saying that Kaitlyn didn't look well. Crying in a different way than normal is always something to notice. When we got to the ER, we were lucky to get taken in pretty quickly. After a quick examination, they gave her some Benadryl medicine which quickly took care of the redness and bumps. They monitored her for a bit and released us.

So we are at a bit of a loss here in regards to what exactly caused the allergic reaction. The formula was milk based which of course could mean she is allergic to milk. Then again, she is breastfed which is milk also. Is her eczema caused by the breastfeeding but in a milder manner? The doctors won't give her an allergy test because she is too young they say but it sure would be nice to know exactly what she could have troubles with. In the meanwhile, back to breastfeeding she goes as we transition her into cereals skipping the formula part.

It was certainly an interesting way to start the Christmas weekend. A large leap was made this weekend however with her as she now is able to keep herself entertained with some of the new Christmas gifts that she was given. We couldn't be happier.

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