Adopting child with possible egg allergy

Posted on: Sun, 03/16/2003 - 9:50am
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I have been a lurker at this sight for the past year since I discovered my dd is PA. Now we find ourselves in a situation where we may have to deal with an egg allergy and I'm not sure where to ask this question. I know many of you are dealing with egg allergies as well as PA/NA so I hope you don't mind me asking here.

We have just returned from visiting our 8 month old son-to-be in Russia and have been told he is allergic to eggs. He gets pimply red bumps from head to toe and possibly a mottled look to the skin on his face. We are wondering if this is more like an allergy to detergent or soap but the staff claims to have noticed it after feeding him eggs only. I know he shouldn't even be getting eggs yet but they are inexpensive so quite popular in the orphange. Even when Adam sees another kid eating them, he gets excited because he wants them too - so they feed him. Does this sound like an egg allergy to you or do you know a good website for getting information? Thanks for your help.

Gillian

Posted on: Sun, 03/16/2003 - 10:33am
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Hello
My daughter is PA and my son is allergic to eggs, nuts and sesame. Here is a link to an excellent brochure on egg allergy from anaphylaxis Canada:
[url="http://www.calgaryallergy.ca/aaia/AAIAarticles/eggallergy.pdf"]http://www.calgaryallergy.ca/aaia/AAIAarticles/eggallergy.pdf[/url]
There is other good information on the AAIA site as well.
Good luck and take care.
deb

Posted on: Sun, 03/16/2003 - 10:40am
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Hi Gills - I'm not sure if you remember me, but we met at the Green Acres as our girls explored the barns & animals together.
Congratulations on the adoption.
I think egg allergy in the very young is very common (I think that's why it is recommended that egg not be given until 1 year old - as you mentioned).
The good news is this is one allergy that is frequently outgrown, as kids get older.
That being said, Syd's allergy to egg was very severe initally - anaphylactic reaction at 6 months was due to accidental egg ingestion. She tested as high to egg as she had to peanut. We did total avoidance and was retested and then challenged and had outgrown it as of last February. Now she's enjoying pancakes, etc., etc.,.
Here is a link to a site I use to live off of, when dealing with Syd's egg allergy.
[url="http://www.calgaryallergy.ca/Articles/egghypersensitivity.html"]http://www.calgaryallergy.ca/Articles/egghypersensitivity.html[/url]
Here's another site for you to check out with egg allergy info:
[url="http://www.allergysupport.org./"]http://www.allergysupport.org./[/url]
Congratulations again - and if you ever want to get the kids together, as we really are close by, email me.
Warmest regards, [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by Syd's Mom (edited March 16, 2003).]

Posted on: Sun, 03/16/2003 - 11:25am
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My sisters daughter experienced the exact same reaction as you described to eggs!
She has since outgrown this reaction to eggs!
It was first apparent at a year. She avoided egg for another year and reintroduced it when she was 2, and she has been fine ever since.

Posted on: Mon, 03/17/2003 - 3:40am
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Definately sounds like the eggs. I have recently learned that the more a child is fed an allergenic food the less likely they are to outgrow that food. You might want to avoid it for awhile and re-introduce later. Congratulations on the adoption...I am wanting to adopt as well. Take care!!

Posted on: Mon, 03/17/2003 - 10:18am
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Thanks for you responses everyone. It does sound like it could be the eggs - the thing that scares me is we won't be able to bring him home here for another 2-3 months and the orphanage will keep feeding him eggs no matter what we say. I just pray he doesn't have a severe reaction - I'm not sure they know how to deal with it.
Syds Mom - Yes I remember you! Maybe we can get together this summer once we have Adam home and I have my girlfriends wedding over with. Life is extremely hectic right now!
Thanks again,
Gillian

Posted on: Mon, 03/17/2003 - 11:31am
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Gills - can we help at all (like gathering together a big care package of substitute foods that don't have egg in them - I realize that most of it would be canned/dry goods). I'd be willing to help in any way I can. Warm regards,

Posted on: Mon, 03/17/2003 - 10:41pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Gills:
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I just pray he doesn't have a severe reaction - I'm not sure they know how to deal with it.
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Most egg reactions in kids are begign, whether they are exposed or not. We've had 3 generations here of egg allergies, and not a single doctor has ever been worried. At first, it was "keep feeding him eggs", now it's better to avoid, because it's like all food allergies, but it's really low risk.

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 8:04am
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Hi
I just want to clarify. My son has anaphylactic allergy to eggs. His first reaction left him hospitalized for 2 days for asthma. So, like all food allergies, the potential for a reaction will vary from person to person.
take care
deb

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 8:07am
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I agree, that's why I said it's like all food reactions. It can happen, yet statistically speaking it is rarer to have anaphylactic to eggs, than to peanuts. However, if you're bad lucky enough to *be* anaphylactic to eggs, it's just as devastating as peanuts.
Statistically speaking though, the kid has a big probability of outgrowing it without any long term effect.
But then, my statistics teacher used to say "this is the course where we teach you how to lie"

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