My son is 2.5 years old and is still breastfeeding, he does eat solids, but not as much as his 3.5 year old sister.
He was a difficult baby to say the least. He is still quite a high need toddler and we are trying to work out what his issues are. I found paleo due to researching about my own and his health issues.
It seems that he has an intolerance to dairy and perhaps other foods that we're unaware of. We eat mainly paleo, but we sometimes deviate. He has eczema which has improved considerably since we've started to eat paleo (flaxseed supplementation helped me with my keratosis pilaris, but didn't make much of a difference to his skin at all).
The issue that I'm a little concerned with at the moment is that he has darkened skin in his armpit and I think a little on his elbow creases.
My background (it's long and complicated, so condensed here) is that I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 8 years ago. My DD is 3.5, her pregnancy wasn't complicated, but I did take a multivitamin throughout and had major nausea and food aversions. With DS, I ended up in hospital at 28 weeks with polyhydramnios and vomiting due to a suspected UTI (I don't think that was the case & think it may have been a different type of infection). Blood tests showed that I was anaemic and had raised CRP. I was given IV antibiotics and then prophlactic anti b's.
Food wise, I was eating SAD (SUKD ;-) and injecting insulin - blood sugar levels were all over the place and I had quite a lot of hypos (HbA1c was 5.7, but with amount of hypos, no doubt levels were high enough!) and then having to down glucose tabs (or chocolate) when they occured.
So, I was in a bit of a mess really :-(
My son was born at 7lb 4oz @ 37 + 6 weeks so not a huge baby by any means - 25th centile (same as my DD). From 6 months onwards, he slowed his weight gain and dropped to the 0.4th centile - he has moved up from this when we started paleo eating to around 15th centile. He is small. He has the signs of an allergic child - dark circles under eyes (he had them before we started to wean), dennie-morgan lines, he had horrible nappy (diaper) rash before weaning and we once had to use an antifungal cream to clear it up :-( His poops were always light in colour - they normalised when I went LC paleo. The poops also correlated to certain foods he eats, but not totally sure (suspect wheat and tomatoes) which ones.
We've been to the doctors many times (UK, NHS) - first time for reflux, doctor didn't want to know unless he was losing weight. Again, we asked for coeliac testing, doctor not concerned as he was on steady centile (0.4th). Second doctor did refer us to dermatology on account of skin rashes. We had an appointment this Monday gone. Nurse going to refer us to dietitian and perhaps have food allergy tests.
But, the hyperpigmentation... I'm concerned that there's something going on that I'm missing. Is this a cascade of symptoms that is more serious than just a few food intolerances/allergies?
FWIW, I also have skin fold discolouration (dunno if it is acanthosis nigricans as it's very light, not as google images shows) and have had this for many years - probably since pre-teens (I'm 35).
Sorry about the long info, I think I wanted to try and include as much as possible.
Hack my sons skin fold discolouration please :-)