Multiple allergies - what do we feed?

Posted on: Sat, 11/13/1999 - 1:51pm
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My eight month old son, Todd, was tested a month ago. He tested positive for all nuts, all fish, milk, eggs, oats, and potatoes. I am struggling to find food that he can eat. Trying a new food is a ten day process. We are up to apples, sweet potatoes, carrots, rice pablum, and bananas. If he doesn't care for something then I have to wait to try something new. I am so frustrated. If he even gags I get scared. (This is how he reacted to potatoes.) I can't even find a hand held grinder to make my own food. I live most days in fear that he is going to have an attack from food in our house. He should be progressing onto more complex foods but most commercial products contain something that he is not allowed. The last four to five days he has not been eating anything. I guess I would be sick of the same four things too. If you have any ideas, suggestions, or comments it would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on: Sun, 11/14/1999 - 4:57pm
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I can relate as my 2 year old is allergic to:
eggs, wheat, milk and cow products, peanuts, and lamb. At 15 mos I took him to a dietician that specializes in food allergies. Alex wasn't getting enough fat for brain development and was in the 25% of weight. He eats soy burgers and hot dogs, soy milk, rice pasta, soy margarine, lots of fruit and vegies, poultry, rice chex, rice cakes. When reading labels, you need to know the different words for the foods he is allergic to. I also put flax seed oil in his milk for extra fat, as soy products are low fat. It is frustrating, but the silver lining to the cloud is: no junk food or candy - he eats very healthy, and I worry less about cross contamination of peanuts because his diet is so limited. Alex can't eat the cookies or ice cream that may contain peanuts. Good luck!
P.S. He now weights 30 lbs, 75% for weight!

Posted on: Wed, 11/17/1999 - 10:32pm
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Cheryl: I can also relate, as my 2 children are allergic to a ton of foods (peanuts, nuts, milk, soy, corn, oranges, peas, beans, apricots, etc). I have several suggestions, and I hope they help: for "natural" baby food, you can purchase regular canned fruit or vegetables (the "natural" kind often has no additives), and grind it in a blender, food processor, or mash it with a fork. Then you can freeze in ice cube trays. Also, [url="http://www.wholefoods.com"]www.wholefoods.com[/url] has a ton of natural food, plus the ingredients list on-line. Also, the food allergy network, FAST (food allergy survivors together), and Parent's magazine often have great recipes. My kids will eat anything with sprinkles on it... (even meat--sounds disgusting, but they eat it!) or I make smily faces with mustard on their lunchmeat, or we have hors d'oevres (fruit with toothpicks), or anything with "dipping sauce." Keep your chin up--at 8 months, my daughter was allergic to everything--now, at 2 years, she can eat a lot of things! Also, do you feed your baby formula? How about baby food (like baby rice or baby barley?) I often used those 2 foods in place of milk for added nutrition, or I would sprinkly the baby rice cereal on everything to boost the nutritional value.

Posted on: Thu, 11/18/1999 - 11:00am
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Thanks everyone for all your help. I started Todd on puffed wheat. Provided you don't mind picking it up off the floor and out of the high chair its great. It also keeps him occupied. Did anyone find that their baby stopped eating? Todd sometimes just won't eat. I was just wondering if it was because he was sick of the few things he is allowed. Todd starts going to a babysitter one day a week next week. This should be very nerve racking.

Posted on: Thu, 11/18/1999 - 11:06am
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Cheryl, I have two children, 5 and 3. The 5 year old has mltiple food allergies, peanuts, soy, peas, all tree nuts and coconuts. The 3 year old does not. The both have gone through cycles when they didn't eat, especially my younger one. It is just that they don't need to eat as much as we think they do.

Posted on: Thu, 11/18/1999 - 11:15am
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You know, I feel the same, somewhat the same frustration. Our 3 year old is allergic to peanuts/nuts/eggs and dairy foods. Yes he does eat ok, rice cakes, whole grain cereals, bread, soya margarine, brown rice, white rice and a few more. Our problem is, Cameron drinks Prosobee and I can now switch him to a soya milk. Do you think he wants anything to do with this new drink....absolutely not. I tried half and half with his formula, I tried full soya milk, I tried 3/4 formula to 1/4 milk, what do you do? Just stick it out? Is it the age where the independence thing pops in, any suggestions..
Myrna

Posted on: Fri, 11/19/1999 - 10:49pm
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Myrna - have you tried reverse psychology. My son can only have Rice Milk. PA plus soy allergy and dairy. We told him he couldn't have any, it only was for grownups. That was when he was about 3. He is now 9 and loves rice milk. Takes it to school in the individual boxes.

Posted on: Thu, 11/25/1999 - 10:55am
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I just have to put the plug in for the neocate formula again.Our son would not eat many different things we put in front of him. He would literally push his plate away from him. After many rounds of tests, we learned of his many food allergies. One of the docs said he is so sensitive that just the smell of the offending foods was triggering him. He instinctively knew from the scent not to eat.....I can believe it now that I look back at the list...eggs/wouldn't pass the scent test...anything with dairy products/same thing...Our close friend was his ped. and we were eating together one night when he did the old dinner plate stand off and she even said,"I bet there's something he's allergic to on that plate."(My older son is also alergic to multiple foods)
Any ways the Neocate is a supplement that is non-allergenic and has been wonderful for our son. He drinks 4 juice boxes a day. It also comes in an infant formula. I don't know how many of you have heard of this but it certainly could be helpful to those of you with the multiple allergies.
I hope this is alittle helpful.
jl

Posted on: Thu, 11/25/1999 - 2:10pm
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Jl please send me an e mail detailing more about his airborne sensitivity.
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[email]"Chris@PeanutAllergy.Com"[/email]

Posted on: Sun, 11/28/1999 - 8:11am
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kalpertk & myrna,
My son is also pa,dairy, eggs, etc. As far as the soya milk and rice milk, there is hardly any calcium and nutritional benefits in them as far as I an see, (or am I missing something?). I've been trying the orange juice with calcium and they both seem to like it. Why do you use the soya and rice??

Posted on: Sun, 11/28/1999 - 12:34pm
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With me the doctor recomended the soy milk. He never said anything about needing extra calcium. With my daughter who was lactose intolerant for about a year we were told to give calcium supplements. Can anyone tell me if soy milk/formula does not have calcium in it?
We had a good scare today. Todd picked up one piece of Kraft dinner off the floor and got red in the face and chest. He was getting a little puffy. Gave him some Benadryl and a good bath. I never realized how hard this was going to be. I feel like I am cleaning constantly behind my older two kids.
Thanks everyone for your advice, knowledge and experience.

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