Hello, At 13 months my daughter, Madison, had the RAST test done. The results, an allergy to Peanuts, Milk, Egg and Wheat. Food allergies do not run in the family. I was so careful about what I fed her, I felt like I did everything "right". The last 2 months have been very stressful. With lots of family gatherings for Thanksgiving and Christmas and not really knowing much about food allergies myself, it was a challenge to educate our family and friends. I am so glad I found this website. I just wish I would have taken the time to find it sooner! Food allergies seem to be unheard of around here. Most of the family and friends I talk to about it, do not even know someone with food allergies. I can see I have a long road of education ahead of me. Is there anyone posting here from the Lebanon, Pennsylvania area?? I look forward to chatting with all of you as we pave the way for a safer tomorrow. -Alicia
On Jan 5, 2005
Welcome to the boards!!! just if your intrested- ive got a nut allergy site too!! (Im 13 and treenut anaphylatic!) [url="http://www.goingnuts.cjb.net"]www.goingnuts.cjb.net[/url]
and also its forum
On Jan 6, 2005
Hi Alicia, and welcome.
What was the reason your daughter was tested?
I have adult on-set allergies (peanut and sesame seed). When we first discovered what was causing my problems, I thought there were no allergies in my family. Within a few years, my older sister and one of my brothers developed food allergies. Then, I started discovering (and in some cases remembering) cousins and uncles with allergies. (Granted, I have a HUGE extended family, so for a few of them to have allergies is no surprise.)
Feel free to post any questions on the board, there's usually someone willing and able to help.
On Jan 6, 2005
Hi Alicia! My son was 14mos when he was first diagnosed. I cried for days. He tested positive for wheat and eggs also but outgrew it by the time he turned 3. Don't blame yourself about her allergy, we all try to do what's right for our kids.
As far as educating your family, some will get it, some won't. I found giving out literature from faan helps. Also I have brought my son's own food to every family function for 4 years just in case!
Where is Lebanon new? I live in western NY but my sister lives near Pittsburgh.
Good luck! renny
On Jan 6, 2005
Thanks for such a warm welcome! I have been searching the boards and finding that alot of my questions can be answered by reading old posts.
AnnaMarie - We noticed that our DD was having contact reactions to the occasional bottle of (milk based) formula around 6 months of age. Her doc seemed to ignore my thoughts when I brought it up at her 9 month appointment. After feeding my DD cows milk, yogurt and cheese, per the docs suggestion, with mild weezeing, she STILL didn't think there was an allergy to milk. Finally, at DD 1year appointment she ordered a blood test. Even though she was still saying she was sure DD did not have a food allergy. Boy was she wrong! Since then she has jumped on board and has been VERY helpful. I would still like to switch docs but there aren't many to choose from and DH doesn't want to. I don't think I will have a problem with this doc anymore. I think she has finally realized "Mother knows best."
renny - Lebanon County is close to Harrisburg, Hershey, and Lancaster
Thanks for the encouragement! -Alicia
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On Jan 9, 2005
Hello & welcome to the board!
I have a 19 month old who was RAST tested at 16 months. She is dairy, wheat, soy, peanut and tree nut allergic.
I knew she was dairy allergic when she was a few weeks old, and my ped told me to completely eliminate all milk protein from my diet and never give her soy. Unfortunately, he told me it would be ok for me to eat soy, peanuts and tree nuts. She became sensitized through the breast milk.
She developed hives after eating wheat at 9 months (in her mixed cereal).
We moved, and our new ped did a RAST test after she broke out in hives after I ate peanuts and tree nuts (on separate occasions), and she had hives and eczema.
She has had one anaphylactic reaction to peanut residue (ingestion) and one contact reaction.
I have learned so much from FAAN ([url]http://www.foodallergy.org[/url]) and this website. I also recommend The Parents Guide to Food Allergies, The Peanut Allergy Answer Book and How to Manage Your Child's Life Threatening Allergies (for parents of children with very severe allergies).