I need help with a tough decision - I am so confused. I had a long talk with our allergist on Friday about our soon to be 3 yr. old DD (3 in Oct.), two topics were discussed - need your input pleeeeeaaase!

1) Oral challenge for milk in the dr's office. HOW MANY WOULD DO THIS AND WHY/WHY NOT? DD has NEVER had an "allergic recaution" to milk. Ped. Dr. took her off at 6 wks due to ear infections and put her on soy, been on soy every since. Tested NEGATIVE to whey and casein 3 wks ago w/scratch test (would this be sufficient info. for you based on NKA-I thought so until reading inaccurate test results on these boards). DD has eaten products with milk, just never drank it, again NO known reactions. Here is thing, the only ana deaths I am aware of are all milk/dairy related. This SCARES me to death. I want to know with 100% certainty is milk safe for my DD. I don't want to do it if there is a possibility of it hurting her of eliminating the chance to outgrow an allergy we are not even sure she had in the first place. Our allergist recommended a milk challenge to "know for sure." WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS?


2) Since reading this site for the past week, I wondered if there were any benefits to knowing sensitivity numbers through blood work. I am curious to know what DD numbers are for PA and EA and some others, but only if these is some benefit. Our allergist explained RAST is the most inaccurate method of testing. ANY PROS AND CONS TO KNOWING #'s? I guess I just want to know so I have something to compare to each year or whether or not I should have false hope in the possibility of DD outgrowing allergies.

I really trust and value your comments and opinions and I have to make a decision pretty quick on both as we will be moving out of state soon, sooooooooo 1) would you do food challenge at 3 yr's old under "DD's" particular circumstances and please explain why/why not and 2) any benefits to RAST - should I do it?


------------------ Kym Mom of 2 1/2 year old daughter with peanut and egg allergies

On Jul 17, 2005

Based on the info you provided (negative test, eats other dairy products without reactions), I would do an in-office oral challenge. You will be in a setting monitored by a physician in the event she has a reaction.

"If the skin prick test is negative, there is a 95% chance that you do not have an allergy to that substance. Positives are more problematic; only about 50% of those who have a positive result actually are allergic to that substance." [url=""][/url]

Bailey Ethan 12/2001 dairy, eggs, peanuts, bananas (Edited to include signature) ------------------

[This message has been edited by BaileyB (edited July 17, 2005).]

On Jul 17, 2005

I found your link to be very informative - thank you. After reading

"You can have a low level of IgE [to a certain food] and still have a severe reaction to actual exposure to the allergen or an elevated level and never experience a reaction. People who outgrow a food allergy may continue to have positive IgE test result to the food for many years"

not even sure I would do the RAST now. Why bother. No wonder it's tough to find a cure to or immunization for food allergies -they are so unpredictable, ambiguous and diverse - uggh!

------------------ Kym Mom of 2 1/2 year old daughter with peanut and egg allergies