[caption id="attachment_1244" align="aligncenter" width="2032"] Coconut milk based homemade ice cream[/caption]
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.