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How do you celebrate completed your Dairy Allergy Treatment? With Vanilla Bean Ice Cream of course! 

This Monday, we celebrated Xander's first completed week of OIT, Oral Immunotherapy, specifically for his dairy allergy. The goal of oral immunotherapy is to provide a long-term solution for people who have food allergies to egg, milk, peanut and/or wheat. Since Xander has allergies to all 4 (but first 3 are deadly), we are starting 1 at a time and dairy is first on the list to tackle.  At the end of this 5 to 6 month program,  he should be able to consume any of the challenged foods with no allergic reactions.  The program does this by introducing pre-measured doses of allergen in a solution over a period of 3 to 4 months, progressing to small doses of the food for an additional 2 to 3 months. This then results in tolerance to these foods allowing the patient to consume egg milk, peanut or wheat without any adverse reactions. Our first visit for oral immunotherapy was a full 8 hour process that started with breathing tests & standard check up to make sure he was stable. They then established a line in his vein for emergency epinephrine if needed, and we were praying that it wouldn't have to be used.  Then came his first dose of a very small amount of diluted milk. [caption id="attachment_1246" align="aligncenter" width="1750"]Dairy therapy Dairy therapy[/caption]

As a recovering OCD mom, I've learned how to let go a little and enjoy having my kids help in the kitchen.  Of course there are times when all 3 of them are arguing over who gets to add which ingredient, or who gets to stir. And every single time, there is a little extra flour or other cooking ingredient spread across the counter (or floor), but thats all a part of their learning experience, right ?  I actually do still cringe a little on the inside when I see every single measuring tool or bowl being used, or when the mess seems to have reached the living room, but I have to say that my kids LOVE being in the kitchen and in the end, that is well worth it!