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My oldest son is coming up on his 2nd birthday in a few months - time to retest according to the allergist. I'm going to ask for a RAST test this time (we had a SPT previously). Keeping fingers crossed.

Found out a few days ago he may be more sensitive than we thought. We had a horrible reaction to Aldi's dried cranberries which I later found out were processed in or on equipment that processes nuts. She was really vague when she called me - told me over and over again that it probably wasn't that (like she is an allergist). Argh!

Anyway, my question is regarding my son, Connor. He is almost 4 months old and sucks down bottles like a pig in great quantities. I'm wondering how much longer I can hold off on food even though I know we should delay until at least 6 months due to history. I breastfed for the first month but he had a bad reaction (projectile vomiting) after I ate eggs. He was also having eczema issues and rashing (gee, just like Aiden). I'm wondering if I should just go ahead and make an appointment for him to have a RAST test done as well?

We had the SPT for Aiden but still found out about many of his other allergies through "trial and error". Just wondering if testing Connor for a wide variety of foods will help to eliminate that scary part of the process.

What would you do?

------------------ Mommy to Aiden (1/26/05) PA,wheat,barley,soy,egg and others yet to be discovered and Connor (7/21/06) with possible egg allergy

On Nov 8, 2006

Can you try feeding him the basic rice cereal? I remember giving it to DS when he was about 4.5 months. I didn't move on to other foods for at least a month or two. He didn't care & loved the rice cereal.

On Nov 8, 2006

I have the box of Healthy Times Rice Cereal (just rice cereal, nothing added) ready and waiting...

Just wondering if I should go ahead and subject him to the blood test so I can have some peace of mind when I start feeding him. I hate feeling like a bad mommy when I give Aiden something that causes a reaction. I could avoid the top-8 but wonder if I will be denying him foods he is not allergic to and exposing him to things that he is.

------------------ Mommy to Aiden (1/26/05) PA,wheat,barley,soy,egg and others yet to be discovered and Connor (7/21/06) with possible egg allergy

On Nov 9, 2006

talk to your pedetricitan about your concerns with feeding and allergies. ours gave us a chart of what and when to feed certin foods. eggs didnt appear until around 9 or 12 months, cant rember the exact age. i think the rice cereal is good to start with, but hold off on the other food until the baby is older.

erin

On Nov 9, 2006

plus. . . your allergist would be able to tell you whether or not allergy testing at this age is reliable or not. I remember (tho it's been a very long time) that we needed to wait until a certain age before having Mariah tested because her allergist said that her immune system wasn't developed enough for the results to be considered reliable. Or something along that line of thinking. . . Maybe ask your allergist if the RAST results at age 4 months would be useful.

On Nov 9, 2006

I would have the spt done if it were me simply because you never know what they may react to. I have a daughter who had horrible eczema when she was a baby and when we tried to start solids we started with rice cereal... and she was allergic to rice! We had her skin prick tested and she was allergic to about 20 foods but 10 that we needed to avoid. The good news is that she has now (at 10) outgrown ALL of her food allergies and eczema!

Personally I don't trust the RAST testing as it showed no PA in my PA son who has had major reactions both before and after the test and is a 4+ on the spt!

Hope this helps, Valerie

On Nov 9, 2006

When my son was about 4 mos old we started giving him rice cereal in his bottle.(1Tbl for every 4 ounces) It kept him full alot longer, but you have to cut the nipple a little b/c it is to thick to come out. If you do this mark which ones b/c regular formula will come out too fast. He didn't like the spoon at all. I would call the pediatrician and check on it though.

My DD would eat about 10 oz or more per feeding. DR said no but I was not going to let her cry b/c she was hungry.

On Nov 9, 2006

Forgot to add I thought SPT were not accurate on babies?

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