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I don't have all the details since my husband got the call from the allergist's office, but now Noah, almost 2 years, is allergic to milk. The test came back at a 2 for milk. A year ago, his blood test was negative for milk, but severe to peanuts and eggs. The allergist had told me that kids typically show a dairy allergy by the age of 1 year. So much for us being typical! Any ideas or links to products or recipes would be great, especially with the holidays and his birthday party coming soon. We used milk and cheese in just about everything since we don't eat meat. It was our major protien source. Has anyone else developed dairy as a toddler? Noah has always had excema, especially on his face, but obviously no anaphylactic reaction to all the dairy. Is it possible that he could have an ana reaction & we were just lucky? Or since he's not had one yet, are we likely to be safe (though of course we'll avoid dairy). At his age, I wonder also if he will ever now outgrow this allergy, or is dairy often for life?

On Dec 15, 2005

Could it be a false positive for milk? My son is also allergic to peanuts,egg and peas. He is almost 23 mos. My allergist made me nervous that he would develop milk. I don't know why. My pediatrician said he cannot predict what allergies he will get. What did his eczema look like? My son has some bumps on his cheeks. I have never had him blood tested for allergies, but we have an appt with Dr. Burks at Duke in Feb. I am very worried he will test positive for milk. Have you ever noticed any reactions when he drank milk?

On Dec 15, 2005

MAJOR DISCLAIMER:!!! I know I'm no doctor...but I've always been told that reaction history must be taken into account with test scores. From your post, I'm gathering he's consumed milk products without any problem? What milk products has he consumed?

Perhaps it's the cause of his eczema?? You could try eliminating milk from his diet and see if the eczema clears up.

My ds tested false positive to wheat and soy. He eats a ton of both with absolutely no problems. The allergist agreed we shouldn't take it out of his diet since there are no problems.

Do you have the cookbook What's to Eat? Milk-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free cookbook?

If so, we make chocolate cupcakes using their chocolate cake recipe in there. We substitute the water for Del Monte Light Canned Pear juice. That saves the recipe (i learned that here!) I also use a butter cream frosting recipe from the Domino confectioner sugar box, and just use Fleishman Dairy Free Margarine. Comes out great.

Good luck with everything, Meg

On Dec 15, 2005

I sort of wanted to say the same thing about milk, based on our experience with ds. Although he tested negative for a milk allergy, there was a direct correlation between the amount of dairy consumed and his eczema. From the time he was 14 months until he was 4 (last winter) we used to have to limit dairy, especially in the winter when his eczema flared more easily. Like if we wanted pizza on friday, no dairy monday-thursday, sounds crazy but it was true. Last year was the first winter we noticed we did not have to cut back on milk products. I believe he had a sensitivity of some sort he's now grown out of. He now drinks plenty of organic milk, still likes his rice milk though. I would discuss this with the allergist. The doctor with your input would be the best one qualified to reccommend milk consumption, especially with a positive test result (which we did not have). Good luck.

On Dec 16, 2005

Noah had been eating quite a bit of dairy: yobaby yogurt, cheese, and regular milk all since he was about 1 year old and had tested negative for milk. Now that he has tested positive for milk, I pray it is a false postive, but we were told on the phone to avoid all dairy for the time being. We meet with the allergist to discuss the new results next week. Josh's mom, his eczema is like little bumps and patches on his cheeks & like hblmom I do think it has gotten worse since it's been so cold. He never had an obvious reaction (no vomiting or breathing trouble) to all the dairy he's been consuming, but perhaps the eczema is a symptom of the dairy. Meg, I do have that cookbook & use it alot. It is tough since I've been trying to raise Noah as a vegetarian and dairy has been a major source of protein in his diet. I will try the fleishman dairy free margarine, today we bought the Will Run brand & I will try cookies. Sadly, it looks like Nestle semi sweet cchips are no longer okay with the milk problem, darn!

On Dec 16, 2005

Trader Joe chocolate chips are safe for dairy, egg, peanut and tree nut allergies.

On Dec 16, 2005

Just wanted to add a couple of words of comfort. My 15 yr old DD was allergic to both milk and soy when she was younger and also gluten-intolerant. She was very colicky (seriously, like one big nightmare for two full years) and constantly had ear and throat infections and awful diaper rash, until we switched her off milk and soy and started using rice milk and spelt flour. She also tested positively for both milk and soy during her first allergy tests, which weren't until she was 3 years old.

However, she outgrew the milk and soy allergies fairly quickly, probably by the time she was 5 or 6, so now we just deal with PN, TN and shellfish. We introducted yogurt back first, then cheese, then milk. We don't really use soy products much, but she seems to tolerate them. She also no longer tests positively for either milk or soy.

Not to say that the same will happen to you, but it's not necessarily permanent, although it may seem like forever!

On Dec 16, 2005

My dd also is allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts and has had eczema since birth almost. Her skin has cleared up beautifully except for her face. I asked her allergist if the small bumps on her face which are sometimes red and sometimes hardly noticeable were eczema patches and he said they were probably keratosis pilaris which is a hereditary skin condition. After researching this condition, I do believe that is what is on her cheeks since no treatments I've used seemed to make a difference. Also, I've found out that my mother, sister, and myself have these little bumps on the backs of arms or legs. As far as false positive blood tests go, my dd also tested a 2 to wheat which she never had any reations to and still eats.

[This message has been edited by angieben (edited December 16, 2005).]

On Dec 16, 2005

angieben I was going to post the same about the keratosis pilaris It can flare with Temp change.

On Dec 16, 2005

If your son has never reacted to milk then I would bet it is a false positive. Remove him from milk like the dr. said and see if any chance in his eczema and then ask the dr. if you can start with milk again. My son is allergic to soy and it only shows up in an increase of eczema when he has too much. We avoid it but not as diligently as other allergens. My son also had several false positive with RAST scores of 2 and 3 including egg, cat, and banana. We took him off all of these and then slowly reintroduced the ones he had never reacted to.

------------------ Lalow James 3yrs, NKA Ben 2 yrs, PA and MA and SA

On Dec 16, 2005

you mentioned that the dairy was the major source of protein for your family...for protein you may try beans...we eat alot of red beans and rice plus chili is esp good in this cold weather...also, your allergist or pediatrician may have suggestions on what to feed him to keep him healthy while you get his allergies figured out...hang in there... Julie

On Dec 17, 2005

Little Noah's Mommy,

I think how frustrated I get at allergists came out a little bit in my post to you....sorry. It seems either allergists don't tell us enough or they scare us too much.

Anyway, I'm used to how my ds reacts to milk. One sip and he exhibits symptoms that could need the epi, so that's my frame of reference.

Let us know how his eczema is after you eliminate the milk. As far as other protein sources....hmmmmm...other than beans, oatmeal, soy or sunflower butter, I can't think of any other. Since we are allergic to milk, eggs, and avoid all nuts, we do rely alot on meat and soy milk for protein, so I'm afraid I'm not much help there.

I'm sure his diet seems very frustrating right now. Have you ever thought of consulting a nutritionist? When I've gone, I've definitely found them helpful to some degree. Maybe your allergist could recommend one?

Hang in there. Meg

On Dec 17, 2005

Another thing I was reminded of today by a friend.. allergy tests are not considered accurate in children under the age of three or four.

------------------ Lalow James 3yrs, NKA Ben 2 yrs, PA and MA and SA

On Dec 19, 2005

I had not heard of karatosis pilaris, so I will ask about it at tomorrow's appt. It is weird that at first after we stopped dairy I thought Noah's eczema seemed less red, but now there are even more dots on his cheeks, chin and heading down the neck! He's also itching it. I am praying that it is not because we have upped the soy in his diet since he's been off milk! Meg, I totally understand your frustration with allergists. It seems like there is a lot even they do not really know or can tell us for certain since individuals react differently even with similar scores. Like Lalow & others have said, the rast can give a false result or at least not a particularly accurate one, especially for young children. The excema changes has not so far given me a clear indication as to what the heck is going on. Tomorrow I will ask if the allergist thinks a skin test to dairy would give us more guidance, or even maybe we shoud redo the blood test. From this site I know others have experienced the skin test to give false results as well.

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On Dec 19, 2005

My son was diagnosed at 2 with a milk allergy. Up to that point he would drink milk on a daily basis. The only time he would react is if he had mac-n-chesse or cereal w/milk. He would get little red spots around his mouth. The allergist told me to avoid all dairy products. He will hopefully outgrow it quicker. I think if he didn't already have PA I would have thought nothing about the red spots and he probably would be completely fine and outgrow the sensitivity. I just think because he already has PA I am a little more neurotic, which I think is the same for some allergists.

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