Last week I hoped we would soon have some good news to share on the milk ladder, and we do! J passed the first step of the milk ladder on Friday and enjoyed his first ever shop bought biscuits.
It’s only step one out of 12 so we still have a long way to go but it’s very exciting and hopefully will help J outgrow his cows’ milk protein allergy (cmpa).
The milk ladder – the challenge
We arrived at Addenbrookes at 9am to tackle the first step of the milk ladder. They started by rubbing a small bit of Malted Milk biscuit on the inside of his lip to see if he reacted. He didn’t so they then gave him increasing amounts – a crumb, eighth, quarter, and half – every 20 minutes until he was finally allowed a whole one. He loved them and just kept asking for more!
We had to wait a further 2 hours to check for any reactions and he got the all clear! We were there for nearly 5 hours but luckily we had a lovely nurse who kept him occupied and J enjoyed causing havoc up and down the corridors!
The milk ladder: next steps
We had to wait 48 hours to make sure he didn’t have a delayed reaction and now has to eat 3 Malted Milk biscuits a week for the next month. Then we can move on to Digestives which, weirdly, have a higher milk content. If he is OK with them then the next month we can move on to cake – yummy!
Our consultant wants to take it very slowly because of his previous anaphylactic reaction but it’s great to be heading in the right direction. It also means I feel more comfortable giving him some ‘may contain’ products so he also enjoyed his first Jammie Dodger today!
[…Read about how J finally climbed the whole milk ladder and outgrew his milk allergy!]
Have you done the milk ladder or a food challenge? How did it go?