CJ had a difficult time falling asleep tonight, waking up every 30 minutes or so. The wife went into his room to smell if he poopied, but also noticed that his face was swollen. His food allergy had erupted again. This time we think it was the Korean fishcakes we fed him tonight as part of his dinner. It wasn’t the first time he had fish, but apparently it was his first for fishcake. Thankfully we gave him a wide array of other foods as his meal, so the fishcake wasn’t the dominate dish. However, the 3-5 pieces he ate gave him a swollen face and hives all over his body, and so he couldn’t sleep because he was itchy all over. We just gave him benadryl and he fell back to sleep less fussy.

This is really upsetting. We’ve pretty much accepted the fact that CJ is allergic to eggs, wheat, and oat…but now more?! Is there anything else? This is extremely frustrating. Of course avoiding fishcake isn’t the end of the world, but its significance is huge as it means we haven’t discovered all of his allergies and there may be other specific foods that CJ may be allergic to that is part of a family food group that he’s okay with. Perhaps there was a trace of eggs in the fishcake, but still, this sucks. It’s difficult to try to avoid so many foods, but to have missed something and see our son suffer through it is very painful for us to watch and experience. I really despise this.

Poor boy.

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7 Responses to Fishcake?!

  1. Mary says:

    Sorry to hear about this… One thing to also be aware of is MSG. I know someone who gets migraines from it.

    • msuhu says:

      Thanks, Mary. I’ve read that MSG isn’t a food allergy, but more of a stimulus for the nervous system which in turn can trigger someone’s immune system and cause what may seem like an allergic reaction. I’ll ask our allergist about it 🙂

  2. Janina says:

    😦 Sorry to hear. Is there an ingredient list for the fish cake? Maybe there was some gluten/wheat base as a binding. Gluten and wheat are cheap, and used in a lot of foods that we might not even think of, like soy sauce.

    I hope it’s not that you still have to discover more of CJ’s allergies, but rather that you need to be extra cognizant of what has been used to make all the stuff you eat, especially things that you haven’t cooked from its original raw form. You will just get to know your food very well, as we all should! 🙂

    And maybe it is something to consider (if you haven’t already) when you are on vacation…I haven’t been to Aruba, but I know a lot of Caribbean cuisine can be heavy on fried battered foods, which might contain eggs or wheat or other of CJ’s allergens.

    • msuhu says:

      We need like a food ingredient bible. When we first arrive to Turks & Caicos, we’re going to hit up the local grocery store which we read has many American foods. Our room has a small kitchenette, so hopefully we’ll be able to cook some stuff for him. If anything, he’ll be on a low protein, high vegetable and fruit diet all week.

      • Janina says:

        Oh yes, T&C…wrong island nation! If I find a food ingredient bible, I will be sure to let you know.

  3. Carol says:

    A lot of those fish balls, shrimp balls, etc have eggs. Since fish cake is similarly made, I wouldn’t be surprised if egg might be the culprit.

    • msuhu says:

      yeah, that’s what we suspect. we can’t look it up online, so the next time we’re at HMart, we’ll take a look at the ingredients on the frozen package.

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