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Toddler Allergic to Everything but Potatoes

Douglas Husband, 19 months

Let’s say you were stranded on an island with only one food you could eat for the rest of your life.

Oh, you’ve played this game before?  Humor me.

I think it would be potatoes for me.  I LOVE POTATOES.  Carbs and starch, get in my belly!  I love them baked, fried, broiled, mashed…you name it, I’ll put butter and salt on it.  I’d be a happy camper on my own little Potato Island.

On the other hand, that’s just a dream that will never become a reality for me.  But it is a reality for 19-month-old Douglas Husband, whose food allergies make potatoes and butternut squash the only foods he can tolerate.

Douglas suffers from eosinophilic colitis, a rare condition where too many white blood cells are produced in his intestine. As a result the cells designed to protect his body actually attack it,” reports The Daily Mail.  Can you imagine the stress and pressure on his momma to create enough interesting potato recipes without using oils or other foods?  Suddenly I don’t feel like complaining when my kid pushes away oatmeal!  When Douglas comes in contact with other foods, he breaks out into hives and writhes in pain with stomach troubles.  Turns out this is a relatively new condition that can go undetected for a long time, then they usually morph into other conditions like eosinophilic oesophagitis (a big term for eczema to the stomach).  Hopefully there will be more studies and information in the future for children like little Douglas, but until then it’s spud’s up!

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