Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
A former assistant priest at our parish was severely allergic to wheat, yet he regularly served Liturgy and partook of the transformed Gifts without harm.
This is important to note. No harm can come from the Holy Gifts for those who receive with faith, repentance, and proper preparation. As for little babies, the Lord Himself says, "Let the little children come unto Me."
Hey, lets all be very very careful what we say and advice and suggest here. The sister already mentioned that her daughter had significant effects from taking the Holy Communion which lasted the remained of that day, so we already have seen evidence that she should be cautious. Some of the attitudes expressed here could be misconstrued to suggest that this illness is a matter of faith if is affects the Communion, we need to nip that in the bud right here and now. God alone determines all validity, and if physical health impedes Holy Communion it is by no means an act of God in judgment for lack of faith, rather it is an opportunity for a further discovery of spiritual depth and faith in the crises. This is why I continue to suggest the sister to keep discussing this actively both in cooperation with her own priests and physicians who know every day to day detail and event.
Yes, the Communion should be harmless, but if some harm then comes about our Church teaches that it is up to the individuals and their priests to sort out the cause and meaning of the matter. We should be very careful then not to insinuate about such sacred and serious things.
I have a three month old daughter. She has a rare and extreme form of protein intolerance in which she will become sick and in pain if she ingests any form of protein. She cannot even tolerate breastmilk and must be fed a special prescription formula.Exposure or repeated exposure to the same antigen/antigens as an exception to due medical caution is potentially very dangerous. You don't want your little one in anaphalactic shock. You should definitely ask your doctor or an immunologist before allowing her to ingest *even a particle* of anything known to be antigenic to her. Lord have mercy! And whatever you do, do not accept statements about what might be medically appropriate over the internet. I'm sure your priest will be very careful, but please run everything by your doctor too. Christ our God, richly bless this dear child!
I am wondering about the Eucharist. She has taken the Eucharist since she has been baptized but she had a negative reaction and seemed to be in pain for the rest of the day after taking it.
We have spoken to our priest about it and he is going to research solutions. I am wondering if there is any precedent for someone like her? It's possible that she may outgrow this in a couple of years but what should we do in the meantime?
I would like to highlight the above advice, as I agree very much with the sentiments, and in collaboration with the priests, I think the OP would find the perfect combination of medical and spiritual guidance.