|What a difference a year makes.|
It's been a while since I've written a post about Ledger's food allergies... so I figure it's time for an update. When Ledger was diagnosed with allergies in March, we thought it was the end of our regular routine. But we managed to adapt and figure out foods that worked within our specific requirements -- no dairy, egg, soy, or corn. As time has gone on, we have been a little more lax about a stringent diet. Ledger is now allowed to eat a little bit of corn (like corn chips at a Mexican restaurant) and we don't concern ourselves with soybean oil anymore either. Chris feels really strongly that EGG is the primary allergy culprit. I feel very strongly that DAIRY is the bad guy. So we've agreed to still try to avoid those bad guys.
Ledger is still drinking a very expensive hypoallergenic formula -- Similac Alimentum. We have started buying the formula online from ebay and find that we can get it for 30% less than at the store, but that's still roughly $20 a week for milk. Yuck. We have previously tried to switch him to almond or rice milk, but he has flat refused them both. But we haven't given up. This week we started mixing rice milk in with his formula, and he's doing surprisingly well with that change. Right now he's getting between 1/3 to 1/2 rice milk with the formula. Every little bit saves us money and simplifies our life. So that is definitely a positive change.