When I had my boy, I was determined to breastfeed him for as long as I could because I read that boys are more likely to get:
- eczema and
- food allergies
Thankfully, he didn’t develop asthma and his eczema is under control but he is allergic to shellfish e.g. clams and scallops. How can I tell? His eye and ear will swell up and turn bright red. I think it itches too as I recall him batting at it when he was a baby.
Strangely, he isn’t allergic to prawns.
Once, I indulged in some spicy crab during lunch with colleagues. To my horror, he broke out in red rashes all over his body! The poor boy. You can bet I stayed away from ALL shellfish after that.
When I supplemented with formula in the early months, I also found that he was allergic to Anmum, Dumex and another brand I can’t remember now? Thus, I was kinda pressured to keep breastfeeding him!
Recently, I find that the baby girl is allergic too – probably to the same things as her brother.
Why? Hubby brought me out for a nice Japanese lunch to discuss my job and I pored over the menu *carefully* before settling on some fish udon and 2 tiny, tiny, tiny rolls of salmon sushi.
The poor girl woke up the next morning with yup, one swollen eye and one swollen ear! Since it was the Labour Day weekend, we decided it wasn’t worth seeing a medical officer about it since all the paeds will be off.
She seems more sensitive than her brother because it took more than half a day to ease off. I couldn’t bear to look at her poor swollen eye and ear but Hubby assured me that we’ll go see a doc IF it doesn’t go off by the evening. Thankfully, it did.
I’ll be taking her to see a paed soon once I shake off this nasty viral flu just to check up on her overall development.
Lesson learnt? No more sushi or seafood-y stuff for Mummy!