So yesterday was Claire's 9 month checkup.
I had to wake her up from her afternoon nap, so she only got 20 minutes in. (normally is 1-2 hours).
We get to the doctor's on time and waited. And waited. And waited. 30 minutes later they FINALLY came and got us. It was horrible waiting, especially since now she squeals and the place echos....
The doctor asked if I had any concerns and I mentioned the possible strawberry allergy.
She said that people usually mis-diagnose allergies and that it probably was just random. She said I could try giving her strawberries again and see what happens.
So that's what I did. Because my doctor told me to.
I gave her 1 strawberry with dinner and she was totally fine. We took a bath, played with toys, laughed, got dressed, and were ready for bed at 7:30. (Since she had such a short nap).
At 9:00 she woke up crying. She had rolled on her tummy. So I rocked her to sleep.
9:30 scream crying. Rocked to sleep.
9:40 Crying. Rocked to sleep.
9:45 Crying. Rock to sleep.
Set her down in crib, start crying.
So I tell David that she's sleeping with me and that he has to go on the downstairs bed.
I pick Claire up, bring her to our room, and to my horror I see her blotchy/bumpy small sad face.
(When I rocked her, the room was dark, so I didn't see her face).
She was having an allergic reaction and would be fine for a minute, then rub her face or chest, while crying.
I gave her benadryl and was hoping it would knock her out fast. It took about 40 minutes till she fell asleep, but the whole time she would let out some whimpers.
I felt awful. My poor baby girl.
It may be something that she grows out of. Heck, the Doctor may be right, it might be nothing. But I'm not chancing it. So now starts the part of her life where I have to be careful not to feed her certain things.
It's weird because neither one of us have allergies. And no immediate family does either.
David said "I'm sorry Claire that you can't have one of the most delicious fruits."
I am sorry baby. But we will try it out later in your life. For now, no strawberries.
****Update***** I talked to a co-worker whose daughter was also allergic to strawberries. She outgrew it by 2 years old. I found this article too about the allergy, and it sounds common.