11 month old

Posted on: Wed, 06/29/2005 - 4:05am
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Hello! I have an 11 month old DS who has had eczema since he was 6 weeks old. It has definitely gotten better and less widespread as he has gotten older but he almost always has patches behind his knees and in the creases of his ankles. When he was 10 months old I gave him a piece of grated cheese and he got a raised rash around his mouth in less than 5 minutes. It lasted about 1/2 hour and went away. I tested it with yogurt a few weeks later and again, 7 minutes later that same rash. So I was pretty sure he had a dairy allergy.
I got a referral to a dermatologist from our ped. (who is not taking any of this seriously at all!) and got the derm. to prescribe a RAST test. They tested the top 8 plus avocado and banana (he had vomited for 1 hour straight after eating both those). He came back with a positive in the nut panel and egg. Nut mix contained Peanut hazelnut, brazil nut, almond and coconut and he scored a .49 (class1). Egg was both yolk and white and he again scored a .49 (class 1). My ped. told me he just wouldn't be able to eat a bowl full of nuts but since he scored so low not to worry and that I should avoid egg. he would not prescribe me an epipen and said since he has never had an ana. reaction not to worry. Well I am worried! A few days after the test (but before I had the results) I ate a peanut butter cookie and kissed my son. He got a welt on his cheek where I kissed him and again that rash around his mouth. Later that afternoon he was checking out a daycare with me and mouthing toys. Well he suddenly got that rash around his mouth. I asked what they had for lunch earlier and it was PB &J. SO to me that seems pretty serious to have such a sudden reaction (although not severe) when he has never even ingested peanuts! Why did they do a whole nut panel? And why egg white and yolk together? wouldn't he test positive even if he was only allergic to one of them?
Sorry so long - my question is...
I am going to another ped. tomorrow, one who is more holistic, and I am wondering if anyone can help me formulate a list of questions for her. I just feel so overwhelmed and cannot think straight and my husband is not taking this seriously either. Am I making this into a bigger deal than it is? Or should I be reading labels and feeling as worried as I do? Any advice is appreciated.
Thanks!
Karen

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