having trouble with corn allergy..need advice

Posted on: Fri, 10/13/2006 - 12:36pm
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My son now has corn allergy and I just realized that even cheerios has corn starch and corn syrup.. He pretty much eats these for breakfast and lunch along with fruit.. Now the only cereal that seems safe is rice chex He is also egg, wheat, soy, orange and bananna besides pa and shellfish . I even saw that pretzels have corn starch.. please any ideas could really help.. thanks, Kathy Ann

Posted on: Fri, 10/13/2006 - 10:59pm
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What about yogurt. Does he like that? We also do alot of cheese toast. Buy a safe bread and put some cheese on top and put in toaster oven or regular oven. Can he have corn syrup?

Posted on: Sat, 10/14/2006 - 5:57am
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I don't know if I'd be of much help here--I mostly eat rice. I cook everything from scratch because of all my allergies.
For breakfast, I use a coffee grinder to grind up rice or millet and then I cook it like cream of wheat. (I add something to sweeten it + spices + a bit of canola oil + sometimes molasses). I also have yogurt/ kefir and fruit . . . but the plain yogurt as yogurt often has corn starch or corn-based sweeteners.
There are rice porridges available . . . but they are kind of expensive.
Enjoy life makes cereal that your son could probably have (if he isn't allergic to flaxseed.)

Posted on: Sat, 10/14/2006 - 12:49pm
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Hi...
I have a close friend with a severe corn allergy...I know it's hard to avoid.
Here are some things I learned from her...
Stonyfield Farm and Horizon yogurt don't contain corn syrup...
Crystal Clear Flavored Sparkling Water is a good substitute for reg. sodas (it's right next to the bottled water at our grocery store.)
Ragu Organic Pasta sauce does not contain corn (although the regular Ragu does.) You can try it over Rice Pasta since you're avoiding wheat...Tinkyada Rice pasta is our favorite kind...it doesn't get as soggy as others we tried...there's also pasta made from artichoke...it had a distinctive taste I didn't care for...but then, I don't like artichokes...
I have found several meats (like hot dogs, sausage, ect...) at Wild Oats Market...there was one well known brand of hot dogs I found at Krogers...I'm thinking it was BallPark...but I not totally sure...
Bette Hageman's gluten free flour for baking at home...it's made from rice flour, potato starch and tapioca starch...I get it in 5 lb bags from [url="http://www.allergygrocer.com"]www.allergygrocer.com[/url]
Also Vermont Nut Free's baking chocolate doesn't contain anything except choclate...they have some products that don't contain corn (like the choclate chips and the mini candy bars, but they do contain soay lechitin.)
for breakfast, we eat alot of Barbara's Honey Rice Puffins...I know it doesn't contain corn or wheat...I'm not sure about the soy...I'm out atm, so I can't check the box...
Hope this helps...
editing to ask if he has to avoid all gluten or just wheat...if he doesn't react to gluten, try oatmeal...
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Posted on: Sun, 10/15/2006 - 12:19am
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I just wanted to thank all of you for your help. The allergist said that although James tested a 1 on wheat we really didnt have to avoid it if he never reacted. Do you agree with this.. I never saw anything like rice pasta.. where do you buy this thanks again. Kathy

Posted on: Sun, 10/15/2006 - 1:35am
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kathyann,
Is that a score from a skin test? If so, then what the allergist said makes sense. If I remember correctly, scores of 1 and 2 are indicative of the potential for allergy so a diagnosis of being allergic also takes into account reaction history (or lack thereof).

Posted on: Sun, 10/15/2006 - 3:27am
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The test was a blood test. I was thinking maybe we should do the skin prick test for this?

Posted on: Sun, 10/15/2006 - 6:03am
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I agree that your child can have wheat if he doesn't react . . . those tests aren't always accurate. I'd suggest, though, that you could take the wheat out of his diet for 2 weeks and then add it back in just to make sure that he isn't reacting to wheat in any way.
My grocery shopping advice for rice pasta is Canada specific . . . though I know Whole Foods carry it. An increasing number of grocery stores are carrying rice pasta now . . Loblaws, Dominion, Zehrs.

Posted on: Sun, 10/15/2006 - 6:07am
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Oh, and I've heard (from a message board) that sometimes the blood test for wheat is positive if the person is allergic to grass.
As I understand it, if the skin test and the blood test correlate, there is a higher chance of there being a clinical allergy. But neither the skin test nor the blood test are 100% accurate.

Posted on: Sun, 10/15/2006 - 10:23am
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My daughter's Rast blood test came back with a false positive to soy...I was told its because the tests are so sensitive it...we avoided soy for several weeks, then gradually introduced it back in...she has never showed the slightest reaction...she did have a neg. skin prick test on soy before the blood test.
We get Tinkyada rice pasta from Wild Oats Market, which is a chain store that has alot of organic and specialty foods...if there's not one nearby, you can also get Tinkyada at the allergic grocer link I posted earlier...its not the same taste as the wheat pasta, when I use it, I use the organic ragu and ground turkey, seasoned with dried onion, garlic, and black pepper...another dish we like is the giant Tinkyada shells stuffed with a mixture of cottage, ricotta, and mozzeralla cheese, topped with alittle marinara, baked at 350 til done...
if you do try introducing wheat back into his diet, you may want to start with spelt flour...its a form of wheat, but not as potent as whole wheat and durham wheat...I am wheat intorlerant (not allergic--which is a big differance) but I can eat spelt without triggering the gastro effects as regular wheat...I mix spelt and the Bette H. gluten free flour to make really good pancakes...
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Posted on: Mon, 10/16/2006 - 7:35am
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My son has a problem with corn syrup (sniffles and behavior), Kellog's has a new line of organic cereals, Frosted Mini Wheats, Rice Krispie's and Raisin Bran, no corn syrup. We also use Kashi Strawberry fields, and Kashi instant oatmeal (brown sugar and apple cinnamon, haven't checked the raisin variety).

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