My Mom and I had to take my sweet baby for allergy testing on Wednesday. Needless to say the process of allergy testing a 20 month old is NOT fun in any sense of the idea. Based on my husband and my own allergy history I was figuring Super A would be allergic to dust, mold, etc. Nope! The only thing he tested positive for was soy. We thought he might have some sort of food allergy based on a few reactions he has had after eating (red rash on face, etc.), but we were not sure what the food was. Apparently it is soy. In our situation he is considered to be “sensitized” to soy products. So our little cupcake is off soy completely for two weeks and then we are supposed to very slowly start reintroducing it and check for reactions (this is just in our case….ALWAYS check with a doctor for what to do if your child has any sort of allergy).
We left the appointment with a folder full of information. I was thinking “no soy sauce, no soy milk, etc.”. Then I started checking our packaged snacks and foods at home. Soy is in EVERYTHING. It’s a sneaky little ingredient that they use as filler in MOST packaged and processed products. To give you an example….
And this is just a very VERY small sample of the different foods. Soy Oil or Soy Lechtin is in basically all breads, candy, commercial ice cream, cookies, crackers, and boxed baking mixes (cake, muffin, pancake, waffle, etc.).
Thankfully fresh fruit, vegetables, most cheese (you have to check), most dry pastas (you have to check) and non soy meats (because yes they sneak it in meat occasionally) are all okay. Most of A’s diet consists of fruits, vegetables, cheese, and pasta, but I needed to find some snack type items and hopefully some bread/rolls. We headed to the store and found these items:
These are all products that at the time I bought them did not contain soy. I say that because you have to check the label every time you purchase products as manufacturers often change the ingredients and could add soy.
In addition soy is part of the “legume” family which is related to the allergy of peanuts, etc. We have yet to see a reaction from peanut butter so I am considering it safe for us as long as it does not have soy oil in it.
While I did find tortillas, I am still searching for some sort of soy free bread. The only two places that I found on-line that may have it are Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, which we have neither of here. Which means I may be calling up Super A’s Nana and Grandpa this weekend to see if they can find it and ship it! I’m not sure how we are going to make it two weeks without bread or rolls considering how much Super A loves them!!
For now, I am baking muffins, and quick breads from scratch for breakfast foods in addition to our usual fruit and yogurt (which thankfully the Yo Baby I bought did not have soy).
Since Super A was such a trooper at the doctor’s office he of course did not go home without Granna getting him a toy! He was super excited about his new doctor’s kit and I of course have pictures of him checking out his stuffed animals and giving them (and himself!) medicine and shots.
Welcome to Super A’s animal clinic…
The tiger sat patiently while he received his medicine.
Of course you’ll be happy to know that Dr. A tests all medicine’s out on himself before administering them to others…
And he’s also able to multitask so your appointment goes quickly..