OIT: Milk Graduation!

Downing 300 ml of whole milk (with strawberry syrup, natch) to graduate.

We’ve had an exciting weekend–last Thursday E graduated from milk OIT which means he can now freely eat dairy!  At graduation E drank 300 ml of whole milk (with strawberry syrup in it, natch) with no problem. It’s truly amazing and our whole family feels so grateful.

We love Dr. Olsen. He always takes time to talk with E about whatever he wants to discuss which is usually computer games ;)
We love Dr. Olsen. He always takes time to talk with E about whatever he wants to discuss which is usually computer games ;)

After our appointment we went straight to dinner at The Pie.  They make great pizza and before it was the only pizza place we could go as a family because they would put Daiya non-dairy cheese on a pizza for E.

But on Thursday, E had his first piece of real pizza with cow cheese and cheese sticks AND an ice cream sundae for dessert 🙂

And he was fine!  Watching him eat all that dairy was AMAZING, almost like I was watching a magic trick and having trouble believing my eyes.

First bite of real cheese pizza!
First bite of real cheese pizza!
First bite of real ice cream and whipped cream!
First bite of real ice cream and whipped cream!  Mimi was almost as excited as E was.

We’ve been going a little crazy since Thursday crossing off things off of E’s dairy wishlist.  He went to Taco Bell for the first time, got the free soft-serve ice cream at Dickies (which both kids have been talking about for months), ate buttered popcorn at the movies, and ate enchiladas with real cheese.

First visit to Taco Bell! He loved the nacho cheese.
First visit to Taco Bell! He loved the nacho cheese.
Free-not-very-good soft serve never tasted so good!
Free-average-tasting soft serve never tasted so good!

It’s such a trip to see him eat things with dairy.  I keep taking pictures.

E’s still allergic to eggs, peanuts, nuts and shrimp but at graduation we got some good news which which I’ll fill you in on later.

If you are interested in Oral Immunotherapy for food allergies I  recommend our doctor, Rocky Mountain Allergy Asthma and Immunology without reservation.  And this Facebook group, OIT 101, was helpful in answering a lot of my questions.  If you have questions about our personal experience I’d love to hear from you in the comments or in email.

Also, let me know if you have any dairy suggestions of things for him to try!  I’m going grocery shopping today and am getting real cream cheese for bagels, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Cozy Shack pudding, and whatever else dairy catches my eye.  I’m giving us a week to go a little nuts and then we’re going to find our new (creamy, dairy-licous) normal.

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8 thoughts on “OIT: Milk Graduation!”

  1. This makes me so happy!! Willow Loves Milk Duds! Willow will be so thrilled to hear about his graduation!! Congrats Mom!

    1. Thank you so much! If it weren’t for you and Willow we wouldn’t have known about OIT so we’ll always be grateful 🙂 He haven’t tried Milk Duds yet but I’ll add it to our dairy bucket list 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness I am so happy for you all. I got all teary eyed reading your post!! I can’t imagine how wonderful it is eating ice cream for the first time, it’s a part of my daily life 😉

  3. Oh this is so great. Yeah to ask of the hard work paying off!

    My kids beg me for cheese at every meal. Our family favorite is Tilamook Medium Cheddar. I grew up on it and have yet to find anyone who wasn’t impressed by it. It’s in the special cheese section of many grocery stores and Costco carries it too.

    1. It’s been surreal being about to just use one type of cheese/butter/milk etc… when I’m cooking dinner. I love it! And N and I both love Tilamook cheese! We normally get the sharp cheddar but I”m going to branch out and get the medium next time 😉 We toured the factory when we had a family reunion on the OR coast a few years ago and it was fun.

  4. I was just doing some research and I came across your blog.
    Congratulations! My son is undergoing Milk OIT in Connecticut. He’s up to 12mL plus a baked milk muffin daily. He’s had no setbacks…but they seem hesitant to say that he will be able to eat dairy unfettered…that it will always be measured. What did your doctors say?

    1. Thank you for the comment! We see Dr. Jones in UT and they said my son can eat as much dairy as he wants. If he has a big portion like a milk shake he is supposed to observe a rest period but not for just a soft-serve cone or pizza. It’s life-changing 🙂 E is doing OIT for cashew/egg/peanut now and then will be free to eat whatever! Our family is super excited.

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