Autism and Allergies

We have been battling allergies since Adrian was a baby. Those red ruddy cheeks that look wind burnt constantly, the nose that runs, coughs that last for weeks….

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Adrian

What I didn’t know then is that these are all signs of food allergies. I always thought those signs were of seasonal allergies. Adrian has tried various medications to help ease his allergies and none have worked well so far.

Today after three weeks of Sinus Infections and Allergy Conjunctivitis we decided to take him in to be seen for the third time in three weeks. He appears to be doing okay for now. We tried Allegra for a week and a half and it did nothing. He will start flonase this week. Did I mention how much fun I had giving him two different types of eye drops?  Yep it was wonderful!

He does not get the red cheeks anymore since we started the GFCF diet for him but Eczema is a nasty business. That has not gone away. He gets at least two sinus infections every year. Along with the flonase we have decided to have him tested for allergies. I hope to have the results in two weeks. Until we find something that works I have been giving him Benedryl. It doesn’t do much but it seems to help a little.

Autism seems to bring on a variety of symptoms for the person. In all my son has had GI issues diagnosed as GERD which greatly improved with a Gluten Free Casein Free Diet (GFCF), a seizure disorder which has been managed by two Antiepliptec drugs, Kidney disease, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder, severe allergies that cause eye and sinus infections and probably several other issues we do not know of yet! Autism from my perspective is a group of issues connected to cause chaos on the body. We just have to figure out what works to help Adrian’s body.

Adrian had his blood allergy testing done yesterday (Saturday May 12) we are expecting results within two weeks but up to six weeks. He did extremely well with having his blood drawn and three vials taken. He will be tested for pet dander which is important because we have a highly shedding lab, pollen,  mold, and food allergies. We are not sure if his suspected wheat and milk sensitivities will show on the test because a lot of times with a child who has autism they do not but it was worth a try.

He started his new allergy medicine this morning (Sunday May 13) it is a generic of floconase. He did well. I wasn’t sure since it needs to be inhaled nasally. We will see how well it works…

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About The Spectrum Mom

I am mom to two amazing children!! Jade my oldest is ten and Adrian is 7. My life happens to have one beautiful blessing in disguise the chance to be a mom to a child on the Autism Spectrum. Adrian was diagnosed with PDD-NOS on May 28, 2010 shortly after his sixth birthday. Since the start of our lives on the spectrum I have read books, watched numerous programs, found therapists, tried to navigate the public school system and special education. Looked into special diets (Adrian is currently on GFCF and we have seen tremendous improvement) and tried various medicines to help him. In addition to ASD Adrian also is diagnosed with ADHD and a seizure disorder BRE. This blog will mostly be about ASD and my life caring for Adrian.

Posted on May 13, 2012, in Genetics & Health and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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