Kai’s Hair Care Routine

Hair…. A very important topic especially for a child with Eczema and Food Allergies.

I am about to get kind of technical so beware. Lol

Kai more specifically as both Atopic Dermatitis and Contact Dermatitis. Contact Dermatitis means exactly what it looks like, Kai will get a mild to severe skin irritation if she comes into contact with anything her body does not agree with. I will just list a few of the things that I noticed that irritates Kai: Eggs, Olive Oil, Bleach, Vegetable Oil, Black Pepper, Vitamin E oil, Coconut Oil, White Grape Juice, etc. There are a couple of more but that’s just a brief list. There was no test done to determine this I simply observe and take note of things that I notice that bother Kai. So me knowing this I have to be very specific with her hair care products. It is very hard to find products that don’t irritate her scalp and face. And usually if I use something her skin does not agree with I will know with in minutes because she will start to rash around her hairline, ears, and neck. So if this happens I first give her Benadryl, then I immediately wash the product out of her hair. I just wanted to share this in case some of you all are going through something similar and weren’t quite sure what was happening. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Now on to the actual post, Hair Care….. (all products are linked)

 Shampoo & Conditioner.

We currently use Johnson’s No More Tangles Shampoo & Conditioner ($3.99). It is a hypo-allergenic product. Kai is African American and has a very thick & porous texture of hair. It is very kinky and curly. Lol This stuff has been the mildest formula that I have found. I have experimented with TONS of hair products and methods. This is what I have found to work best for Kai. Surprisingly it is not as drying as I assumed it would be in comparison to their regular baby bath & shampoo. I occasionally use the Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner ($12). I like this product however it is very scented so I only use it occasionally. This Cleansing Conditioner is not very moisturizing so on wash days that I use this I will use it as a replacement for shampoo then follow up with the Johnson’s No More Tangles Conditioner.hair-c

Oil.

As for oils, we have tried it ALL! Coconut, Castor, Olive, Grapeseed, you name it. Lol

What I have found to work best for my Kai is the Now Brand Avocado Oil ($4.99). I purchase it from Whole Foods. Okay this is important, IF YOUR CHILD HAS A NUT ALLERGY you have to purchase, this avocado oil that is for your hair and skin, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, purchase “Cold Pressed” Avocado Oil from the grocery section of the store. It is processed differently and most cases in the same facilities that also process Nuts. It will break your child out. I made this mistake and had to do my research.

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DO NOT purchase this Avocado Oil if your child has a Nut Allergy

 

Moisturizer.

On to Moisturizing the hair… Kai’s hair texture needs a thick creamy moisturizer in order to smooth her hair into ponytails and twists. I have found that products with a thick whipped consistency work best. We use Carol’s Daughter’s Healthy Hair Butter ($17). hair-butter-jpgThe smell of this product is a bit overwhelming as well, but in a good way. It has essential oils in it like, Lemongrass and Lavender so those smells really stand out. It is one of very few moisturizers that has not irritated her hair and scalp! 🙂 So for that reason alone it is AMAZING! I have to purchase it directly from their website.

I have attempted to make my own whipped hair butter but unfortunately it irritated Kai’s scalp. I’m not sure why but I plan on modifying that recipe then I will share it with you all!

Detangle & Styling.

I use a wide tooth comb for detangling, a spray bottle of water with about 10 drops of Avocado Oil in it that I refill weekly. To style her hair, I use bristle brush for smoothing and a rattail comb for parting. If I am combing Kai’s hair into ponytails I use regular black rubber bands. I used to use the clear rubber bands when she was younger but now that her hair is much more thick they tend to break and do not work as well. When it is time to remove the rubber bands I will either cut them out or break them with my teeth. LOL

Well that pretty much sums things up for Kai’s Hair Care. I know that a couple of these items are pricey but Carol’s Daughter almost always has a promo code out there that can save you a couple of bucks. For the Johnson’s I usually purchase it from Target with my Target Red Card which saves 5%, to mention the Cartwheel App. If you do not have either of those I definitely recommend getting them! If you have any questions or suggestions for us to try feel free to comment below or email me! Until next time….

~Sasha

Home-Style Sweet Potatoes with Avocado

Kai loves this combo! It is the perfect finger food for toddlers and can be eaten at any temperature. Kai is very picky and there are  certain foods she will not touch if they are served cold. This dish is not one of them. LOL It literally takes me 20 minutes to make and the clean up is super easy. So busy mama’s this is for you!

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1- Sweet Potato
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1- Ripe Haas Avocado
  • Potato Peeler
  • 10 inch non- stick frying pan

Here’s what to do with it:

  1. Wash and Peel Sweet Potato
  2. Dice sweet potato into cubes
  3. Heat Frying & add in Olive Oil
  4. Once the pan is hot, add in the sweet potatoes
  5. Sprinkle on your desired amount of cinnamonimg_4127
  6. Sautee sweet potatoes until crispy and golden brown (about 15 minutes) on medium heat
  7. Once sweet potatoes are brown remove the pan from the heatimg_4138
  8. Slice open ripened avocado and serve on the side diced or cubed. What ever you prefer.img_4158

Allergic to Life

I am sure from the title you can tell I am about to talk about allergies, food allergies. My daughter is allergic to life. Not literally, but pretty close to it. My daughter Kai Alaina is 14 months old. She has suffered from severe food allergies since she was about 2 weeks old. It all started with our breast feeding journey. Around 3 weeks old Kai got a really bad rash all over her face and neck that we mistook for “baby acne”. A couple of weeks passed and it never went away. So after consulting our pediatrician we realized that she was having allergic reactions from some of the food that I was eating and she was ingesting through my breast milk.

And so our journey began…. I eliminated Dairy, Eggs, Soy, & Nuts from my diet. This doesn’t sound too bad right? Wrong! I did not know that this also included items that contained Dairy, Egg & Soy which is basically everything. Even if I put a strip of mayonnaise on my sandwich she would break out in this rash like the one pictured above. This trail and error process went on until Kai was almost 4 months old. After cutting almost every recommended food (nuts, soy, dairy) out of my diet I was basically eating meat & potatoes :(Even with all of these efforts it still was not enough. My daughter was still having reactions to my breast milk. I felt defeated and eventually had to transition her to formula. I was heart broken. Formula was not the easy route either. We had to try 4 different formulas before eventually finding the right one. She drank Neocate Hypoallergenic Infant Formula until she was 13 months.

Food

Solids which are an exciting time for most mothers was a very stressful time for me. I’ll just start with everything that Kai is allergic to:Eggs, Dairy (milk containing products), Soy, Nuts, Wheat, Egg, Squash, Raspberries to name a few. Lol

Below are pictures of Kai’s most serious allergic reaction after trying Butternut Squash Baby Food. This resulted in a trip to the emergency room due to tongue & face swelling.

Lets just say feeding Kai has been a challenge. But after much trail and error and a few trips to the emergency room, allergist, and dietitians. I have finally gotten a handle on things. Kai only has a few things that she can eat and I thank God that she does not know all of the food possibilities out there otherwise she would be miserable. Kai has to eat food in it’s most natural state so no processed foods for Kai!

Some of Kai’s favorites are:

  • Sweet Potato
  • Russet Potatoes- She can not eat store bought French fries since most of them are processed which means soy is most likely present, which is an allergen for Kai
  • Baked Chicken- Little bit of Salt & Lemon Juice for seasoning (it has to be moist or she will spit it out on the floor or throw it. LOL)
  • Apples
  • Avocado
  • Fruit Smoothies (Spinach, Strawberries, Pineapple, Banana)
  • Veggie Straws
  • Lays Potato Chips
  • Terra Sweet Potato Chips

Some new foods I recently ran across are:

All three of these I found at Whole Foods!

I will keep you all updated on things that Kai likes and how she reacts to them. I did not realize how common food allergies are becoming. Many children now a days are diagnosed with eczema and doctors prescribe steroid ointments into children’s skin care regimen when in fact the root to the issue is much deeper and something as simple as ingesting what their bodies look at to be a foreign substance. So as a mother if you have a feeling about something, follow your gut. No one knows your child better than you. Doctors don’t know everything and that is okay, keep asking questions, keep demanding tests, take notation and photos of your child’s progress and see as many different experts as you need to. Kai is on her 3rd set of doctors in 14 months of living and I will not stop until I find the person that is empathetic & anxious to help us find a solution!

Thank you for reading!

~Sasha