Last week, we headed back to the allergy doctor to give him small doses of milk-based formula and see his reaction. The doctor said that, based on the skin prick test results from the previous week, he was confident that we did not need to take things as slowly as with some babies (0.5ml, 1ml, 2ml etc) and that we could start by giving him 5ml and waiting 20 minutes.
The 5ml was duly given and the nurse checked Baby E’s belly and back for any reaction – nothing. After 20 minutes, he had still showed no signs of a reaction (no vomiting or tensing of the body, as he had shown as a newborn) and so we gave him 15ml and waited. Again, there was no reaction from Baby E, so after 20 minutes, we gave him 30ml. Just as Baby E was finishing off that amount and screaming for more, the doctor walked out of his office. He took one look at Baby E, put his head on one side and asked “He wants more? Then let’s give him more!” So we gave him another 30ml, which he gulped down. 30 minutes later and we were allowed to leave with the doctor’s last words – “In the nicest possible way, I hope not to see you again!” – ringing in our ears.
For the past few days, we’ve been mixing milk-based formula into Baby E’s prescription formula and all is going well. I’ve also been giving him little bits of food here and there that contains dairy. And still no reaction.
So that was that; the result we had been hoping for – no more milk allergy. Quite simply the best news that we’ve received in a while.