Calvin loves to eat.
He's happiest with a full mouth.
Calvin loves food.
But, food doesn't love Calvin.
He has terrible eczema. He itches all the time. His face breaks out so easily, especially around his eyes. He scratches at his neck, turning his head back and forth in a desperate attempt to relieve his itching. It's really pitiful. I diligently tried the topical steroid twice a day followed by Cetaphil or Eucerin. I always cover him up with Aquaphor when he first gets out of the tub. I use natural, hypo-allergenic soap and clothes detergent. It hasn't helped his eczema.
So this is the part of the story where we get to how I've become a short-order cook.
Calvin gets cooked rice, sometimes more than once a day. Calvin gets cut up cooked apples. Calvin gets stewed chicken with chicken broth. There are just a couple of jars of baby food I've found that he can have. This makes lots of work for Mom. I feel like I'm spending twice as much time in the kitchen, but on the upside we've had lots of chicken around. I made chicken spaghetti this week and chicken pasta alfredo. But lots of times the family gets something else- like homemade waffles, or homemade ham and broccoli mac-n-cheese (a favorite for lunch), or something with soy sauce (twice this week- sweet and sour meatballs and cashew chicken). I think Calvin has problems with milk, pears, and bananas. I'm more sure that he has problems with soy and oats. Some foods I know he can't tolerate like crackers, but I don't know if it's the wheat, the soybean oil, the BHT, or a combination thereof. Basically, the only packaged food I'm giving him is Baby MumMum organic rice crackers. Last week he was sick and he seemed to react to his antibiotic. I think it wasn't the antibiotic itself, but something else in the oral suspension. We switched him to another penicillin with no flavor or dye and without the sodium benzoate and he did fine.
I've been giving him an antihistamine a couple of times a day. He had to have a steroid shot last week.
Please pray for Calvin: that we'll get a handle on what he can and can't have and that he'll clear up for good.