There are many symptoms. Some that Emery had included red cheeks and ears, disregulation, inability to concentrate, hair loss, bed wetting and hyperactivity.
By that night, Emery's bald spot was quite prominent and she was having major meltdowns. Hitting herself hard in the head with balled fists, 45 minute crying and sobbing spells, and such misery that it just broke your heart.
Well, by 7pm, we had the tree undecorated and sitting out in the garage. I was convinced this was the cause of her behavioral issues over the past several weeks and her hair loss. The sad part of this story is that Emery experienced all of these same issues last year during the holidays, with the exception of the hair loss. We assumed it was just a hard time for her because it was her first Christmas home with us.
By Friday night, we already noticed she was doing better. She was even able to go to her cousins house for a visit from Santa. By Saturday, just 2 short days after removing the tree, Emery was 100 percent back to her happy little self. Giddy, giggly, silly Miss Emery (and mischievious)! If it wasn't for the hair loss, we would just have assumed she was having difficulties at holiday time. I guess the hair loss was a blessing! Now that we know for sure she has a salicylate sensitivity, we are having a consultation with her therapist to discuss changing some things in Emery's diet and removing high salicylate items from our home. Reducing her salicylate intake could be beneficial for sensory and speech purposes.
Never a dull moment in this household! Merry Christmas Everyone!
My little baldy.