Yes, Lu2011. Constant congestion can turn into an ear infection. I
can't remember how many times I had my left ear lanced when I
was a child.
I just finished a round of antibiotics for an ear infection ultimately caused by spring allergies to things like grass, tree, dust, and molds.
She may outgrow it; my daughter did, as I mentioned earlier.
(Here's a clue given to me by my allergist: we are often sensitive
to the foods we crave!) You have to weigh the balance between
having her take anitbiotics often and letting her build her immunities. (Bacteria feed on sugar.)
The rest of this can be overwhelming if you try to do all of it at
once. Take it slowly, eliminating the one you feel is the most
serious possible problem first. Then, gradually, as she gets better, try to correct some of the other possible conditions.
Your mentioning that she was a preemie gave me the thought
that, if these bouts continue, you might want to see an immunologist. Her immune system may be down a bit, and a little boosting of it could help a lot. (It's expensive, I understand, so be prepared if you decide to do that.) I'm going to see one myself
in July--sort of worried about the expense of it, but will have to wait and see what is recommended.
If you eat a lot of fish, be wary of her getting too much. Seafood is often a strong allergen, particularly shrimp. Fish is good for us,
but it can be a serious allergen for folks sensitive to it.
Remember that a food allergy is quite different from a food sensitivity. A food allergy can be dangerous and deadly: throat, tongue swelling, unconsciousness, and emegency treatment of
epinephrine to prevent death. A food SENSITIVITY, however, is completely different...
in that, the individual usually gets a stuffy nose, bronchitis (particularly with milk sensitivity, because that builds up mucus so easily, leading to coughing) and stomach upsets. The classic example of those who are sensitive to cheese is that it wreaks havoc with the digestive system.
I have found that the use of Lactaid milk (in which the sugar has been removed stops the bronchitis--it's really better tasting than whole milk.) Some of us have an inherited gene that makes it
impossible for us to break down the disaccharide in milk. The
only way to combat it is to either use a lactose-free milk product or not use milk products at all.
Is there, perhaps, Diabetes anywhere in the family in the past history that you know of? (No need to answer, but that's a strong positive indication of inherited food sensitivities, particularly sugar in the diet.) Allergies and sensitivities can be inherited.
Also, watch for mold buildup on the outside of your home. If you
ever do see tiny patches of black mold on the building, please have your home powerwashed by a professional service who will
spray the home with chlorox and kill all of the mold. Doing that
could stop an allergy overnight for someone sensitive to it. (It
could need to be done about once every two years.)
Finally, watch your child's behavior. If she doesn't want to go
into a room or resists it, she could be sensing that something
there is bothering her allergies. If she doesn't like a certain food,
that's a strong indication that she may be sensitive to it.
You virtually have to be a Sherlock Holmes to find out what it
all is that bothers her immune system.
Your daughter does not have an allergy to milk, definitely. She
may have a sensitivity to it, however, which I suspect somewhat strongly.
She needs her milk, however, but she will get enough
sugar in her diet from her vegetables; she needs the calcium in the milk. I really like Lactaid milk--the only difference is that the milk
sugar (or lactose) has been removed.
(Doctors aren't usually going to tell you that the sugar in one's diet
can be a cause of food sensitivities. They'd lose patients!)
That's really all that I know about this subject, but I do wish
you well while you work at being Sherlock Holmes for discovery
of what your daughter's sensitivities are.
Take care; so glad she's getting better now. That means you're
feeling better about it all, too. Glad to hear that.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 5/2/2012 10:48:28 PM (GMT-6)