Saturday, April 21, 2012

Red Pepper Rash

Sweet Addy and her baby acne
Sleeping after a couple of hard nights

Addisyn has baby acne or an infant rash dotted over areas of her face, head and neck. Over Easter weekend the rash brightened, intensified and she became extremely irritable in the evenings. Out of character. I was having flashbacks to Rylyn's nightly crying spells, which for her, were in character. To be sure we weren't transitioning to a purple period, like we did with Rylyn, the science teacher in me decided to analyze my diet. Woo hoo a scientific experiment!

I cut out anything with flavour and common allergens (e.g. dairy, nut products, "gassy vegetables," chocolate) for three days. Mmmmm, bread and water. I was dying for a Coke the whole time. I then began to work foods back in to my diet, every two days, in the order listed in the parentheses above. Addy went back to herself. Cooing and kicking in the evening, rather than crying. I also took her out to ensure it wasn't the change in our routine that upset her.

The only items different in my diet over Easter weekend were red pepper and hummus. I was not interested in reintroducing them as she was clearly in pain while crying. Although I believe the problem food to be red pepper, I can manage avoiding all bell peppers and hummus while nursing.

Interestingly, Chris has an aversion or sensitivity to peppers. A little research found that in a few infants red pepper causes dermatitis and fussiness. Not that I have had any while nursing, it is clear Addisyn had enough pepper in the vats of Frank's I poured on food during the pregnancy.

Bible Reflections:
"And He said to them, 'To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they should turn and their sins be forgiven them.' "
-Mark 3:11,12

-Jesus spoke in parables so that those who were seeking God's heart would better understand His mysteries. Lord, help me to understand both your mysteries and those of the children you have entrusted to my care.

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