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#Eczema –Part 2: Allergy Dietary – Food Elimination

Monday, 23 November 2015

Fighting with eczema is like riding a roller coaster, it scares the hell out of me. Every time I eat unusual, I afraid Leon eczema will haunt us again. Month goes by, even though the bad moment of Leon eczema has been passed, his skin still red and dry. I did my research through internet and elsewhere, looking for some information about eczema. Until later, I join in the forum mommies daily and there is a thread specializes for kid’s allergy. 

I read some people talk about food elimination based on Dr. Widodo’s allergy treatment and I tried it ever since. Even before I read those articles, I’ve tried not to eat food that contains egg, cow’s milk, nuts and seafood. But still, it doesn’t make Leon’s skin better. I was lack of knowledge and reckless, I’m not aware with the seasonings and any ingredients from what I ate. I avoided noodles and replaced it with kwetiau or bihun, but I didn’t realize that the seasonings of every Bakmi Bangka or any other bakmi’s stuff are using soy sauce, which is made of SOY. 

There are a lot of food made from soy, such as tahu, tempe, ketchup, soy sauce and oncom. Not to forget, any other nuts beside soy, red bean, black bean or green bean. Same things with egg, I have to avoid every food contains egg, such as PASTRIES, noodles, goreng-gorengan. I also need to avoid food contains cow’s milk and every food or drink with fermented milk like cheese, butter, yogurt and any other dairy products. I did eliminate my food by only ate rice with vegetables (people said if we allergy with egg, we also can’t eat the chicken, and if we allergy with cow’s milk, we can’t eat meat, too). But still, Leon’s skin doesn’t improving.

I, then, tried to avoid rice as well, and make a full commit to ‘clean eating’ until Leon’s skin get better. At the first ten days, I only ate boiled potatoes with vegetables. To complete my protein needs, I changed beef or chicken meat with bacon. I got steamed corn or ubi for snack, and drink a lot of fruit juices. It helps maintain my breastfed milk produces. 

After ten days and losing 5 kg (yep, the mother not the baby, mean while Leon weight raise 600 grams), thank God, Leon’s skin totally flawless! He also gain weight from 9 kg to 9,6 kg when he’s only four months old! I never felt so happy like this in my whole life. Because ever since I started my dietary, people around me keep asking the quality of my breastfed milk.

“The milk is too watery and it must not have enough nutrition, poor Leon, he didn’t get enough protein…”

“In the older era, there’s no such allergy and babies are fine with every foods….”

“Why don’t use any soap or baby’s skincare? How can he get clean and well?....”

People are busy judging and questioning, they said my breastfed milk are unhealthy, too watery, lack of protein, doesn’t contains a complete nutrition, even dangerous. I was so desperate and sensitive heard all of those comments. I tried to keep my eye and ear shut, but deep down, I’m also being so doubtful. I want to believe my hard work and the trial could have been worked. 

Dee always one hundred percent supported me, he’s a supportive husband, he keep reminds me everything needs time. Time heals. And my patience and sincerity to put my kid over myself was paid with a momentous result. That’s why I was so happy. I can prove to those envious-annoying commenter that I can do it. Even I have to lose weight and limit my food, I still can give the best for Leon.

Some of you may a little curious, why Leon’s allergen are too many? And how exactly I can assure he got allergy with those food? Even before I tried to clean eating, I always be careful and try food by food with possibility of high risk allergy. After gave birth to Leon, I started to consume breastfeeding mother’s milk, Prenagen, to increase my breastfed milk. Then, after saw Leon’s skin that always turns so red after every time I drink the milk, I stopped it. 

After a week, his red skin turns better. I am an ice cream lover, and it’s so hard to just keep one day out of it. I cheated and ate McFlury with Milo, and the next day, Leon’s skin turns red and scaly again. Same thing goes with seafood and nuts, but the worst is egg.

The key is I need to always open my eyes wide open, note every food I ate, let the instinct tells. It doesn’t true that kid with allergy has to be tested with their allergen and that we have to added it bit by bit so they can immune with it. 

The more you added the allergen, the more their antibody worsen. There’s a story about woman with bad allergy, she has to eat seafood everyday even though her mother know that her daughter allergy with seafood. At first, she’s only got eczema after eating seafood but now, if she’s accidentally eat seafood, she only get less than ten minutes to go to hospital, because if she eat seafood she’ll get anaphylaxis. 

That’s why I can’t push Leon with his allergen, I need to be extra careful when trying new food for testing his allergy. As for now, I can make sure he only allergy with egg, cow’s milk, nuts and seafood. But it doesn’t mean I need to stay him out of it for his entire life, I still need to give him a try especially when he starts eating. Because some research said, allergy will get better in time, as the kid grow up. I wish it’ll be true. 

As I say, the hardest part of food elimination is how to be a hundred percent careful with its seasonings and ingredients.  When I shop snacks at the supermarket, I spent at least twenty minutes at the snack rack to read the ingredients. It was soooo damn hard, finding ‘clean’ snacks for me L And every time I eat at the restaurant, I need to ask the waiters the seasonings of their food. It annoys them, of course. I am become a noisy-captious customer. 

This is make my appetite lower and lower and lower, I used to be a food lover with big appetite. I love to eat, I mean, who don’t? Lol :-D
Now, I just eat as because I have to, I rarely snacking or having a dessert. People keep asking about my weight, because I lose weight significantly. 

I was 65 kg before starting this dietary, and now, I am 55 kg. I can say, I love it since this is make me skinnier, lol. But maybe, in the next few years, when Leon starts eating by himself and I no longer breastfed, I will never take any kind of diet anymore. I was ate boiled potatoes and veggie for only ten days, but it felt like I have no stamina, I was pale, faint and weak. I hardly concentrate and focusing on my daily routine. So, I will never, ever in my life, doing any dietary again.

Anyway, today is 23rd and my baby turning 5 months old. I, sometimes, still can’t believe I already become a mother. This boy means the world for me, his presence completed me, more than I ever imagined. Don’t grow too fast my cutie little pie 😚😚

#Eczema –Part 1: Our worst nightmare

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Since you all may know, baby Leon got eczema which is cause by several allergen like foods and house dusts. He still drink breastfed milk, so I have to eliminate some food that worsen his eczema.

Until today, baby Leon still can’t tolerate egg, cow’s milk, nuts, sea fish, shrimps and crab. The hardest part isn’t about food elimination that I have to take, at first, I have to eat healthy food and make sure it ‘clean’, not clean as nothing dirt or bad food I should eat, but clean as means save for Leon eczema. 

Even when Leon only a few days old, his body skin never really flawless like how a baby skin should be. His cheek always red, some part of his body is dry and scaly. Dee and I were never realized what the causes, some people said the red cheek of the baby is because of the breastfed milk splattered all over his face.

Some people also said he got a dry skin because he can’t resist shower with hot water, and that we should put some lotion to moist his skin. I knew there was something more than just a breastfed rash or a dry skin, but I wasn’t sure. I had read some articles about eczema, too, and still clueless. I’ve been told to start eliminate some food with major possibility causing kid’s allergy, but I was so stubborn. I tried it for a few days and gave up easily.

Our worst nightmare came when Leon was two and a half months old. I remember it clearly, I was ate nasi kuning with bihun goreng and egg Dee had been cooked for me. Later, at night, Leon turned so fussy, he scrape his face on our shoulder and refused to be tucked in bed. His face turn so red and dry because he scrape it (he can’t scratch so scraping was his only way to express the itchiness).

Dee and I had to switched over during the night, made a shift to hold Leon all night long. My motherly instinct said there was something wrong, and the more I thought about it, I'm pretty sure Leon got allergic with egg. The next day, we looked a doctor who practiced on Sunday to check him up. 

This is the first doctor (and pretty sure, we won’t ever going back there again), he gave us some medicine that should not be given until the kid at least 2 years old, while Leon only TWO AND A HALF months old! He also prescribed an eczema cream to reduce the rash but it ended up worsen Leon’s skin. After two days, Leon didn’t get better at all, we looked for another doctor. The second doctor was an allergy and immunology expert, he’s not using any medicine to treat eczema, but with bio resonance therapy. Leon scheduled to do 6 sessions of this therapy, once a week. We decided to give this a try and give up with any medicine or the eczema cream (that contains Steroid).

And to help reduce the dryness and his rash skin, we just treat him with EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), it may not suddenly make the rash gone, but it help moist his skin and since this is natural oil, it’s not give any bad impact to Leon’s skin.

We stopped using his other skincare, any synthetic or chemical stuffs like his minyak telon, baby powder, baby oil, bath and body soap and any other things. I bought a homemade soap that contains goat milk and oat, it good for baby and the skin with eczema. Unlike the other babies whose get so smelly and have flawless skin, our baby just like this, smells not-so-baby. 

Every mother with eczema kid will know the feeling every time people seeing our kid red and dry cheek skin and ask “What is wrong with his face?”, I always smile and answer “Just allergy”. Having a kid is something new for me, nothing can’t describe the joy of being a mother.

We have to learn about the strengths we didn’t know we had and dealing with fears that we didn’t realize it existed. I feel grateful because God gave me a chance to breastfeed, so I can fight together with my baby. I get to eliminate my food which mostly the delicious food, so I can make sure everything I eat don’t cause his eczema.

I am now taking a full responsibility with Leon’s condition, and I’m not feeling so burden. I grateful because I can have this moment. I really can’t imagine other moms out there, who have not enough breastfed milk to their baby, they have to buy formula milk specialize for baby’s allergy which is cost more than average formula milk.

And when the baby is 6 months old, they starting to eat solid food. They have to try every food carefully to make sure the baby can take the food safely. Dramas about eczema kid, breastfeed mother and new parenthood wasn’t a very good combination. And I’ve been there. Nope, I am there! Going to post other part of this later. See you on my next post!

Little Hello

Monday, 16 November 2015
Helloooo! This is new post on my new blog (moving from Since I am now officially a happy wife and a mother of one, janicelibels really doesn’t suit me anymore, Lol. I wish by, I can write more often! Well, since my last post 6 months ago, and everything changes, like a lot. I am now officially a mother of a very handsome son (thank God, not only He gave me such a wonderful husband, now He completed me by our son arrival)

I gave birth to my cutie little sweet boy that we named Fransiscus Xaverius Leonhart Liparissa. Born with c-section at June 23rd 2015, 10.25 a.m, weighs 3,9 kg. He was born healthy and energetic when I reached 10 months of my pregnancy. Even though his weighs kind of heavier than the average babies, he’s in very good health, his sugar low are normal (since newborn babies with heavy weights tend to be diagnosed diabetic). His name we’ve got from Xavier, Dee’s favorite soccer player, Xavier Hernandez which you may also known as Xavi. At first, we want to call our son Xavi, too. But, lots of cons back then. Leonhart means “lion heart”, as the stories we may always heard, lions always put their family as priority, he won’t eat if the other family member don’t get to eat. He hunted his prey for his family. So, we hope our son will get that kind of love, family oriented. And Liparissa goes for Dee’s family name. I always love “Leon”, since it representing my favorite animal, too. But when you heard someone named Leon, I picture someone whose strong, wise and powerful. That’s why, I want my kid named Leon. Dee’s completed it by adding Hart.

Two-and-a-half month baby Leon diagnosed as Dermatitis Atopic sufferer, he got allergic like Dee, this is some kind of skin allergy causes by several things such as foods, weather and dusts. Even though their allergy type are different, because Dee’s kind of allergy is rhinitis, which is he always sneezing and easily got a flu, especially in the morning and when he stay in a room with bad circulation that contains house dust. Leon food allergy comes when I, who still breastfed him, eat his allergen, foods such as egg, cow’s milk, shrimp, crab and nuts. This means the whole derivative products that contains those stuffs also included. I can’t eat those foods and everything contained it, like pastries (which I like the most), bread, pizza, pasta, biscuits, soy sauce, tahu and tempe, etc. At first, this thing frustrated me. Not only because I can’t eat everything I want and liked to, but because I thought about Leon’s future. How if he can’t tolerate those foods his entire life? He probably doesn’t know how pizza or cheese or black forest cake taste! Dee and I have been to several doctors, pediatric with allergy experts till the allergy and immunology expert. We’ve tried every lotion and drugs to help Leon’s DA but in the end, the food elimination is the only answer. I’m gladly doing everything to help Leon passes this phases, I really wish his allergy will get better in time, his antibody will be stronger, too.

Beside all of those stories, being a mother such a new thing for me. During my 3 months maternity leaves, I feel so complicated. I feel blessed for the chances to took care of my own son, being with him 24 hours a day, hearing his laughs and cries, helps him grow with passionate love. Nevertheless, I also felt so stressful because taking care of baby is really not suitable for me, I miss work, I miss being capable to do my job at office. And every time I felt this, I felt really like a bad mother. It’s not like I don’t love my kid, it’s not about motherhood passionate, it’s about what the real I am. I remember a quote said, a woman never really be free until she can choose wisely whether she will or will not be a mother. It always refers me back. I was freely chose to be a mother, and what’s the whole point of being a mother if I can’t take care my own kid? Money and career can be found easily, the way how it supposed to be. But the moment of seeing my baby grows each day, the development of his body and soul, it’s not something I can get many times, it’s once for a life time. And every movement he make nowadays, I really don’t want to miss even a glimpse. So now, I ready to give everything up.

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