When our second son turned 6 months old we were very excited to start him on solids. He was showing all the signs of food readiness. We started him with avocado, but almost immediately after starting him on solids he developed red, chapped areas on his cheeks and chin, his bottom started bleeding, and his cradle cap came back with a vengeance.
I knew enough about the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride MD to know that these were all warning signs of more severe gut issues. Sure enough, the pediatrician looked at him and immediately labeled him an ‘allergy’ kid. He said we would have to watch him closely and that he will probably struggle with food allergies his whole life.
I went home and immediately stopped feeding him solids and cut all gluten and dairy from my diet until I could get my hands on the GAPS book. Upon reading it, lots of prayer, and consulting with some other like-minded friends I decided to eat a mainly GAPS diet in hopes of healing his gut.
At first it seemed like all was in vain. After 3 weeks, however, his eczema completely cleared up along with the diaper rash. At this point I tried slowly adding dairy back into my diet and was surprised to see the eczema return immediately. I cut out dairy again and several weeks later the eczema cleared up and I tried adding gluten back in. This time there was no reaction. Slowly, I added more and more probiotic foods into my diet, and fed him nothing but breastmilk and eventually sauerkraut juice. I knew we were making progress when I was able to add back in milk kefir without a reaction.
At this point I didn’t know how to go about starting him back up on solids again, so I decided I would wait until he cut his first teeth. I figured that would be a sign that his body is ready to start food. Several months went by and finally, at 9 months old, he cut his first two teeth. His second time starting solids was a momentous occasion for us.
Today he is a happy and healthy almost 14 month old who eats anything and everything without a reaction. He’s still labeled an allergy kid by the pediatrician even though he currently has NO foods that he reacts to. I’m hoping it stays this way, but to be on the safe side we eat a mainly traditional diet. Yes, I’m THAT mom. The one who fills the sippy cups with bone both, encourages my children to snack on butter from grass-fed cows, and always has something fermenting in the kitchen. I laugh when I look at how far I’ve come since my Jack-in-the-Box days. My husband has been a trooper through this whole journey as well. We’re not perfect. We still eat junk every now and then. But we are continuing to grow and learn and change. I’m excited to have discovered this knowledge now while my kids are still young, and I can’t wait to share this little journey of ours with you!