introducing fish and/or seafood?

Posted on: Sat, 08/03/2002 - 1:36am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

pMy dd is PA and egg allergic. She just had neg. CAP RAST for tree nuts and seeds(yeah) though was + for those on skin prick a year ago(never had the bloodwork for them then)./p
pI have avoided introducing fish and obviously shell fish, partly due to her age, and then due to her allergic tendencies./p
pShe has had fish sticks without event or trouble(I think it is cod in Gorton's). Maybe a taste of salmon before we knew of her allergies at all./p
pShe will be 3 soon. When do you all introduce fishes and shellfish?? I thought it best to wait on shellfish until at least 3, but have I even heard 5 for all kids? But would it be okay to try regular varieties of fish? /p
pShe is so picky, and we eat alot of fish, and I have hesitated to try it. I would live to get her turned on to some new protein sources. I did a search, and found related discussions, but none about starting introducing the foods. thanks. becca/p

Posted on: Sat, 08/03/2002 - 6:57am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

Our allergist said no shellfish until at least age 18. The fish we started somewhere around age 4 or 5. She hasn`t had any problem at all with fish, although she is allergic to milk, egg, and peanuts. She has had salmon, tuna in a can, swordfish and ahi which is a kind of tuna that looks like swordfish. I think that may be it for fish. The cod is usually in fish sticks which she can`t have because of her other allergies.

Posted on: Sat, 08/03/2002 - 7:12am
barb1123's picture
Joined: 04/08/2000 - 09:00

My son who is 3 1/2 and allergic to everything under the sun (and anaphylactic to peanuts, dairy, egg) can actually tolerate fish for which I am very grateful. However, I didn't introduce until he was 3. He will eat tuna from a can, cod, lemon sole, plaice (usually only available in Europe). I try to avoid things with too many bones for obvious reasons. I will not introduce shellfish for a very long time, if ever.
I should mention that he tested 0 on Cod on his RAST for 3 years before I introduced AND I only give him fish once a week, maybe twice. Yet, on his most recent RAST (3 weeks ago) he tested positive for Cod even though he has no obvious reaction to it. As a result, I've cut back on Cod and only give other fish once a week.

Posted on: Sat, 08/03/2002 - 6:03pm
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Joined: 06/09/2002 - 09:00

Becca - I would be very careful about the shellfish, my Grandmother was anaphylactic to it and became that way in her late teens. She blamed it on moving to the Washington coast and then eating huge quantities of popcorn shimp! My daughter is also allergic to all fish and shellfish. I often wonder if she could be anaphylactic to it too because she is inhalation sensitive to fish. Whenever I go to the store where they have an open type fish area (where the fish is laying out open on ice, and reaks) she gets itchy rashes all over her hands, arms and legs. Took us awhile to figure out is was the fish area doing it though, now she examines produce until I'm done looking in that area of the store, and she no longer breaks out. Sorry for the long reply, I just would like you to know that a shellfish allergy can be as serious as a peanut allergy, so you may want to avoid it all together. -Kay

Posted on: Sat, 08/03/2002 - 8:59pm
Marla H's picture
Joined: 02/26/2002 - 09:00

I too would be careful about shellfish, but also about fish, even the kind that comes in fishsticks. My son, who was dairy allergic as a baby and toddler, loved fishsticks when he was about 2 1/2. I introduced "plain" fishes like cod and haddock, and they seemed OK. But by the time he was 3 1/2 he began to have allergic reactions--throat closing. We have never offered him shellfish---he's 13. In our allergy testing this year he seems to be still highly allergic to cod--inhalation and touch--as well as to shellfish, which he's never eaten. So maybe if your child has a predisposition to food allergies, I would pull back from introducing a lot of fish, and even maybe wait until he's a little older, around 5, to make fish a regular part of his diet.

Posted on: Sun, 08/04/2002 - 2:00am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Thanks everyone. I feel so frustrated at trying to find a balance between using healthy whole foods, and feeding my picky and allergic toddler. I know you all know what it is like! I feel like I give her so much more processed crap than I might if I could safely purchase and feed her bulk grains, healthy brands of things and such. Seems like alot of the healthier choices are smaller companies or bulk with big cross contam. risks. She won't eat fresh chicken, just nuggets, and occ. fish sticks(never any reactions), and soy butter, and she is also allergic to egg. That is it for proteins. Ick.
Sorry to vent. I may slowly try a few fishes like salmon or cod(I will be sure to try just the one in the tolerated fish sticks first). I don't really need to worry because I am sure she won't touch it anyway, LOL!!! [img][/img] becca

Posted on: Sun, 08/04/2002 - 10:14am
Triciasmom's picture
Joined: 08/03/2000 - 09:00

We were so wrapped up in being concerned about peanuts that we forgot to be concerned about seafood. Patricia has been eating fresh salmon and halibut since she was a year old. We were even letting her have shrimp, crab, and squid. Never had any problems. But we have since limited the shellfish, though she had calamaria last week with no problems.
One interesting note I might make about fish.... My DH is allergic to rockfish and lingcod. Those particular fish are frequently sold as "cod" or used in fishsticks. They are somewhat related genus-wise (I think. I can't locate my fish guide right now). And they are all fish that have poisonous spines. So if you are planning to introduce fish to your child's diet, I would recommend avoiding those fish. Stick to the salmon and halibut and true cod.
Also, I have heard that people can have an allergic reaction to the histamines that form in the meat of decaying fish. And to add a little verification to that, DH said his mouth itched and burned after we had eaten a piece of salmon that wasn't as fresh as we would have preferred. So make sure that fish is really fresh. Actually, we haven't been eating much fish lately because the market price has been too high and the quality too low.

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