Confirming Soy Allergy
After Joseph ate his birthday cake, he had some diarrhea. I went over the ingredients in the cake to see what could have caused it (if it wasn’t just a bug he had) and realized that the cooking spray and the chocolate chips both contained soy. Chocolate and eggs were also both new to him, so I gave him both of those again and they didn’t cause a reaction. So, I gave him soy milk. His eczema grew and he once again had diarrhea.
That’s 3 of the 8 major allergies that Joseph has, and I haven’t even tried nuts yet. At least I do have hopes for nuts, as he’s licked Rachel’s peanut butter topped apples that she leaves around, and hasn’t had a reaction. That will be one of the things I try next.
Of course, going soy-free makes my life even harder. At first glance, it doesn’t seem that hard, but then you realize that my major butter substitute – shortening – is made of soy. Regular vegetable oil is soybean oil. Out of all the cooking sprays, only one (PAM for grilling) doesn’t have soy. Soy lecithin is in a lot of products (and is probably the main reason I have never gotten his eczema to completely disappear behind his knees). One thing is for sure – Enjoy Life is about to become my favorite brand. They make their foods free of all 8 major allergens – and when they mean free, they don’t just mean not on the ingredient list, but make sure their factories are non-contaminated. Now I just need to find a place that sells their chocolate chips.