|That isn't his eyelid that's swollen, it's the eyeball itself.|
Though I hate all his additive reactions, this is one I also secretly appreciate. People don't always believe me that many processed foods make it hard for M to manage his behavior. You can see it in their faces: "My kid ate the same thing, and you don't see her bouncing off the walls." Plus, behavior is so hard to quantify... How do you measure how hard your kid is to handle? Handsful-of-hair ripped out per hour?
|That jelly-like substance in his eyelid? That's|
his eyeball, swollen beyond all recognition. I think
it's described as conjunctival chemosis.
We drove back to the vendor the next day to ask what was in the soup that might have caused his reaction. It had MSG, which we already avoid, and a bottled sweet, thick soya sauce- which, depending on the brand, has all kinds of food additives from colors, to preservatives, to flavor enhancers.
I love this reaction because it makes the doubters eat their words. Yaya is likely to feed him what we pack for him from now on, after seeing his face swell up within minutes of eating the lunch that she figured was "probably good enough". The downside- I don't know if this extreme swelling is harmful to his eyes, but it seems likely that it is.
At the very least, this reaction gives me something that I can explain easily when we're turning down food with additives, without launching into a huge explanation of our food choices. He's allergic*. Want to see what he looks like when he eats it?
*The doctor insisted this was not an allergic reaction despite all symptoms pointing to an allergic reaction to food or medicine, because, "You can't be allergic to food additives." For the record, he does not agree with our additive-free lifestyle.