Yesterday, I accidentally fed E dairy.
Today, I can report with certainty that she has not yet outgrown her dairy allergy.*
I feel SO badly for her. She has had three terrible poopy diapers today already, and her little bum is bright red and covered in weeping blisters. We are treating it but she just keeps pooping, and every time she does, the diaper rash gets worse. :'-(
So, what was the culprit, you ask?
Carrots. Yes, CARROTS.
E loves carrots, and I found some frozen "honey-glazed" carrots at the store that I thought would be perfect for her. I was in a rush and just quickly threw them in the cart without examining the ingredients. I mean, they were just frozen carrots, right?
Well, I cooked some for her yesterday, and as she was eating them, I noticed they had a bit of a sauce on them. I tasted it and noticed it looked a little creamy... uh oh. I immediately looked the product up on the manufacturer's website, and sure enough: "CONTAINS MILK AND WHEAT INGREDIENTS."
WTF?! Since when do vegetables have dairy in them? (Or wheat, for that matter?)
Of course, I immediately took them away from E, but she had already eaten several of them and the damage had apparently already been done.
I feel like such an idiot! I am usually SO good at reading nutrition information and ingredient lists and keeping dairy out of her diet, but this one completely slipped through the cracks. I didn't even think to read the ingredients on my bag of VEGETABLES. I am apparently going to have to be even more vigilant in the future.
[*On a related note, S believes that E likely has a dairy allergy vs. lactose intolerance. I thought people just used the two terms interchangeably to mean the same thing, however, S explained that people with a dairy allergy have an allergic reaction to one or more of the proteins in dairy, whereas an individual who is lactose-intolerant is unable to digest the sugar (lactose) in dairy. Interesting distinction, no? But since E can tolerate dairy in my diet, S suspects that she is able to digest lactose (and is thus not lactose-intolerant) and is instead allergic to one of the milk proteins. Anyway, not a crucial point for this post, but I thought I should clarify and make sure I'm using the proper terminology!]