So confused!! DS w/ PA and EA suddenly seems to be allergic to everything!! What is going on?

Posted on: Mon, 09/28/2009 - 9:07pm
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My 18 month old son was recently diagnosed with moderate Peanut and egg allergies. Within the past two weeks he has broken out into hives all over from foods he use to eat with no problems! So far, the hives immediately appeared from yams baked with olive oil, homemade pizza with sauce no cheese and zucchini, an animal cracker, breaded zucchini baked with olive oil. Im so scared to find out whats next! Im trying to find a connection with all these. I thought maybe the olive oil?? The breadcrumbs used for the zucchini were vegan and peanut free, pizza crust was just flour, yeast, salt, sugar, but did have zucchini as a topping the animal cracker did say processed in a facility that has nuts so theres my answer to that one(even though he always ate them no prob). Has anyone every reacted to foods like veggies?? It just seems so strange to be to be allergic to this stuff? I feed him yams all the time when he was a baby too. Im hoping this is just a fluke. My doc says to give benedryl but I hate to keep giving it to him. He hates it and spits it out and I have to force it down his throat which breaks my heart!!! Is there something else I can give him for all over hives? Maybe a topical cream?? Im taking my son to his 18 month check up today so hopefully I willl get some answers. The allergist said to come back in a year but maybe now we should go sooner. Please reply if you can help me out with this one. Im still overwhelmed and shocked over his peanut and egg allergy. Thanks everyone! :)

Posted on: Tue, 09/29/2009 - 1:38am
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First off-if your gut says go in again to see your allergist-then you should. If your allergist blows you off-find another allergist. I truly believe in mom instinct!
That being said, there could be a million reasons for the hives. Sometimes if there was a recent allergic reaction-the immune system is compromised and reacts to things it might not normally react to. Sometimes kids just have super sensitive skin-especially allergy kids. Sometimes you just can't find an answer.
I would not eat animal crackers. They are notorious for causing symptoms. Even if he has eaten them fine before-may contains or processed in warnings means at some point the item might contain the allergen. It's like playing Russian roulette.
Sesame is in everything and an allergy many people have. It's in breads, bread crumbs, etc. Was he tested or has he had reactions to sesame?
If the hives are bad I would stick with benadryl until you can get in to see the allergist again. If they are really bad-I would get into the allergist asap. All over body hives can be an indication of anaphylaxis.

Posted on: Thu, 10/01/2009 - 5:26am
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I agree, go back to the allergist and check for seeds. Also, call manufacturers of the foods you have questions about-maybe they also produce nuts or eggs in the factory?
Do you keep a food diary to track the foods you cooked, your son ate, and what brands you used as well as his symptoms for the day?
We have had an issue all of a sudden with legumes. So, no more mixed veggies, certain nutritious noodles made with legume flour, flaxseed, etc.
The more ingredients there are, or sometimes the more vegan or organic items are if they are made by small companies, sometimes I think they are more likely to have been cross-contaminated in a factory, but it is not listed in the ingredients label.
When my son has a flare up, I keep the food very, very simple until symptoms are gone, and add in one thing at a time, like one new food every few days so there is time to try to pinpoint it.
FYI, for breadcrumbs, I love the ones I used in this recipie:
http://www.ehow.com/how_5367350_make-easy-allergyfriendly-fish-sticks.html
Good luck-it is terribly overwhleming, I know... :(

Posted on: Thu, 10/01/2009 - 7:33am
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Thanks everyone for replying. have made an appointment for Jackson with the allergist on Oct 14th. As far as the bead crumbs they were vegan and contained no nuts or sesame seeds. I called the pediatrician, and he said to keep a very detailed food log, and to include the types of pans, plates and silverware used. He could be allergic to that i guess. I will keep you all posted!

Posted on: Thu, 10/01/2009 - 7:40am
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I would guess that the olive oil has cross contamination or your child has a new allergy. Of course, you must avoid foods with any type of allergy warning, even if your child has eaten them in the past because the amount of allergen that could be in a food like that can vary from one time to the next. Over all about 17% of foods with allergen warnings actually do contain enough of the allergen to cause a serious reaction.
Are you baking things at home with your child's allergens? could the equipment or the ingredients you use be cross contaminated from this somehow?
Also, do you have an allergist and a written emergency plan? Our plan would call for giving the epi pen if we suspected full body hives were caused by an allergen ingestion. If there is that much swelling outside the body there could also be serious swelling happening inside that your child can not yet communicate to you.
Also, you can take the actual foods that your child reacted to to the allergist and have your child skin tested for those foods. If they come up positive on the skin test you can then test for the components of the foods and figure out the cause that way.

Posted on: Thu, 10/01/2009 - 11:42am
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I was kinda thinking it was the olive oil also, because that seems to be one thing that was in all the foods he reacted too. It was wegmans brand extra virgin olive oil. I have also noticed ever since these reactions, he has developed redness on his cheeks that kinda looks like eczema. Im not sure if thats common after a reaction. He has always has such perfect flawless skin. but its only on his cheeks. The hives all over did scare me, but i didn't feel like he needed an epi. I guess I feel that i will know when he truly needs it. I'm just so scared now after all this and I find myself starring at him during dinner in fear of a reaction. Im sure you can all relate. Im just new to all this and Im sure with time it will get easier.

Posted on: Thu, 10/01/2009 - 12:02pm
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Yes-the redness around the cheeks and mouth is always my first tip.
I have had trouble with oils and non-stick cooking sprays, too. I have posted questions to these forums and never gotten replys, so if you get any more info, please let us know!

Posted on: Fri, 10/02/2009 - 2:46am
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Hi, Krinow08 I can totally relate. A few months back our 4yr son was reacting to something and we still don't know what it was....5 days of not knowing was VERY scary. He would break out in hives all over, but not until hours later so I could never figure it out. Long story short he has had plain Sunny D for years. I bought Tangy Sunny D, because the store we shop at was out of the plain and I figured it shouldn't be to much different. Well, on the 5th day he broke out around his mouth right away. Down the drain went the Sunny D. The only allergies that our son has are peanut and garlic. We still don't know what it is in that brand that bothers him, but something in it doesn't agree with him for sure. Needless to say that was a very stressful 5 days. And I no longer allow him to drink any Sunny D.
I to watch our son after he eats anything new. I watch him for hours in fact and usually try to give him new things on the weekends during the day when I am with him the whole time. It's a very scary thing these allergies, I just hope that one day we can find a cure. Also being that he is still so small, I think that makes it harder.

Posted on: Fri, 10/02/2009 - 5:29am
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Hollya, yes I do the same. No new foods (drinks, candy, anything!) unless we will be home together for several days. I need to be able to see his skin, note his mood and sleep irrugularities, change every diaper (my son is only 2) and his symtoms often do not appear until 12-24 hours later, and then if he has the food again, it crops up faster.

Posted on: Fri, 10/02/2009 - 6:07am
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Elissag, thanks. Sometimes I feel very "overboard" about the ways in which I handle situations, but after almost 3yrs of dealing with this I am like who cares I have to protect our child. It's a full time job though, the emotional part of it for sure.

Posted on: Sun, 11/01/2009 - 5:45am
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There may be a connection between vaccinations and food allergies. I believe there is a direct connection. Check out the blogs on this website.
The first reply said to trust your "mommy instinct". That is the best recommendation that anyone can give you.

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