Delaying the introduction of egg and fish?

Posted on: Sun, 02/04/2001 - 11:13pm
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

pI have noticed that the AAP's guidelines for introducing foods to potentially allergic babies include waiting until age 2 for eggs, and until age 3 for fish. I want to do the right thing with my eight month old son, Matthew. His sister was allergic to milk and eggs as a baby, which she (fortunately) outgrew. She is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and sesame seeds. So far Matthew only has breastmilk, alimentum formula, rice cereal, and fruits and vegetables. We are being very cautious with introducing foods, and are planning to wait until 9 months to try any other grains, and later to try wheat and soy. We will wait until at least one year to try any dairy. Is it truly necessary to wait until age two to try eggs, and until age three to try fish? In some ways I feel stupid asking this, because we all know that it is better to try to prevent an allergy rather than deal with one that has already developed, particularly a life threatening one. Still, it is so difficult (but not impossible, of course) to avoid eggs in a child who is eating table foods. We have never given Leah shell fish, and don't eat it ourselves. However, we do eat tuna and salmon fairly frequently, and sometimes other fish as well. Is it necessary to wait until age 3 to let Matthew try these. I'm looking forward to reading others' opinions on the subject. Thanks, Miriam/p

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 12:38am
e-mom's picture
Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

California Mom,
I, too, am delaying any egg and fish with my kids. Ethan, 26 months, is ONLY allergic to peanuts--no asthma, environmental or other allergies. He was breastfed for 13 months. I read ingredient labels for any peanut/nut (in case of cross contamination) products. I, however, do not read labels for eggs. I don't worry if something has eggs in it. He has had scrambled eggs with absolutely no reaction. I will not give him any eggs that are not fully cooked (i.e., sunny side up). I'm just not going to risk it, I guess. As far as any fish, I believe he has had a bite of salmon once or twice but that's it. I'm delaying both for the same reason.
Elliott, 6 months, is being breastfed and, of course, is too early to tell if he has any allergies (he has shown no reaction to any food I have given him so far which is rice cereal, oat cereal, all first fruits and all first vegetables). I will also wait with him on the eggs and fish and, of course, he will NOT be given him any peanut butter.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 2:35am
Merri - Kim's picture
Joined: 01/31/2001 - 09:00

I gave my non-pa daughter eggs and pb at around age 13 months. She never reacted to anything and is fine. She had cow's milk starting at about 10-1/2 months. My pa son had eggs when he was a week shy of one year and pb when he was not even a week over one year. When he tried the pb, he reacted within five minutes. We went to the allergist and found out that on top of peanuts, he was allergic to eggs. Even though he had been given at least four meals, consisting of FULLY cooked eggs! We were suprised, but are not taking any chances.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 4:44am
BENSMOM's picture
Joined: 05/20/2000 - 09:00

Shellfish scare me because that is more likely to be an anaphalactic reaction and is not easily outgrown (from my understanding.) The thing about eggs is, don't you need to know if your child is allergic to eggs before they get an MMR vaccine? It's usually given around 18 months. Of course you can put it off, or not get it at all, but I think I'd be worried about them getting the vaccine without knowing if they're allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 3:34am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

Thanks for the input, everyone. I guess I will try to be cautious and wait on eggs and fish as long as it seems possible. As for the MMR: I remember our allergist skin tested Leah for the shot before she got it, since she did have an egg allergy. She didn't react to the skin test or the shot. Maybe I will ask her about doing the same for Matthew. It seems that restricting food will be harder with a second child. He will see Leah eating all these interesting things and I'm sure he'll want them himself. I will just have to get creative (and that is not my strong point!) with my cooking, I guess. Thanks again, Miriam

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 3:54am
Scooby's picture
Joined: 04/09/2000 - 09:00

We have delayed introducing fish, shellfish, and eggs on the advice of my 3 year old son's allergist. Even though he tested negative to fish and shellfish on both skin and RAST tests, it was felt that delaying them could prevent the allergy from developing in the future.
I'm glad we waited on the eggs - we found out he was allergic to them "by accident" after he turned 2.
He had the MMR before we knew about the egg allergy. He did not react. The allergist claims that egg allergic kids do not always react to the MMR because of the way it is produced. I have read otherwise on other allergy boards, though.

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