We eat eggs almost every morning for breakfast, and I've been assuming that our baby would eventually eat eggs for breakfast right along with us. Looks like I'm going to have to re-think her early morning menu (at least for a while) because I think she is allergic to eggs! Total bummer.
Though I had given her small pieces of boiled egg yolk on a few other occasions, last Thursday was the first time she experienced anything to indicate an allergy. Here's what happened: Around 9am, she ate an entire scrambled egg yolk (I threw the egg white away). She went down for a nap around 9:30am, and when she woke up a half hour later she was whimpering and looking at me with sad eyes. I picked her up and cuddled her (assuming she was just lonely and tired of being in her crib), but a few minutes later she vomited.
She threw up all over me, all over herself, all over the bed. At that point it was obvious that she didn't feel well, and she actually threw up six more times over the course of an hour. Then, all of a sudden, she was laughing and playing and feeling 100% better. As if nothing had happened! Strange ... but what a relief (I'm so glad she wasn't sick sick).
The advice nurse at our pediatrician's office thought it was a virus, but that assessment doesn't add up for us. Vomiting, cramps and nausea are classic signs of an egg
allergy, and she had no other symptoms. Plus, it was over almost as fast as it started. It was also her third or fourth exposure to egg yolks, and it is my understanding that this is when some food allergies/sensitivities reveal themselves.
Anyway, I still took the nurse's advice and eliminated solid foods for the rest of the day. I also watched closely for dehydration (signs of dehydration include lack of wet diapers and no tears when crying) and gave her a little extra water (a couple of week ago she wasn't into water, but she loves it now!). No worries, though! She was totally fine.
And while we are pretty convinced that the egg is the culprit, we are open to the possibility that it it was this particular egg (not eggs in general) that made her sick. We were out of farm eggs; this egg came from the store. Perhaps that had something to do with it? Or, maybe it was the fact that she ate soooo much? Or, maybe it was the method of preparation (scrambled vs. boiled)? Or, what if I left some residual egg white behind and it is actually the white that gave her trouble? I guess I can't really be sure until she eats another egg yolk. I will eventually re-introduce her to my favorite breakfast food, but probably not until she turns one in October. For now she's going to be egg-free.
Does your child have any food allergies/sensitives? How did you discover it?