PA & development

Posted on: Fri, 02/10/2006 - 12:45am
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I'm new here & my dd (13 months today) was diagnosed about a month ago with multiple food allergies (dairy, peanut, egg, soy, corn & pork). My question is can allergies could cause developmental delays? She started sitting up at 6 months, but after that did not do anything until the last couple of weeks after all the allergens were removed from her diet & my breast milk. Coincidence or not? After the allergens have been removed she has started pulling up, walking while holding our hands, going from her tummy to sitting and she also is crawling a little. All this in 2 weeks! She also gained over a pound in 2 weeks. She is very short for her age, but weight wise is very similar to my older daughter so I never really thought about it.
Also, another random question. She has a "rash" all over her legs. We have been seen by the pediatrician, allergist & pediatric dermatologist. The diagnosis after a biopsy was infected hair follicles. The problem is we don't know what is causing it. They scraped an area and are culturing it for bacteria & fungus. She was on 3 rounds of antibiotics that didn't clear it up so I'm thinking it's fungal. Has anyone else ever had this problem? It seemed to get a little better after we removed the allergens from her diet.
I am so happy I found this site. I have learned so much from you all.

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Posted on: Fri, 02/10/2006 - 2:19am
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I don't know either, but I really think this was true for us as well.
DD always had signs of being extraordinarily advanced... first symbolic language at 7 months, etc.... but physical milestones were really weird. She was able to support her head at about 1 week old (yes, I know, but pediatrician noted it too) but then not later. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img] I never connected it to anything I might have been eating, but it got worse when I went back to work and started eating my afternoon BabyRuth while pumping milk. (sheesh) It also got a bit better when we FIRST started solids... but worse again when we introduced wheat. (looking back-- hindsight being 20/20 and all)
She wasn't walking and really not too interested in moving about on her own until after her major reaction at 11 months. It could be coincidence, but when we removed all her allergens from her diet, she began walking and talking (again) within DAYS. And hey-- that "spitting up" thing that all the babies in DH's family and mine evidently do until they are two or three? That went away too.
Go figure.
Then again, I know that we GAVE our daughter serious sensory issues because she was ALWAYS contact sensitive and so we were terrified of her touching anything from 1yr to 3 yr old. Being reasonably intelligent, she figured out that touching things was a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE fate. So I think PA caused that little "delay"/issue as well, inadvertently. Had to be done, though, so oh well. It is now getting better as she is almost 7.

Posted on: Sat, 02/11/2006 - 4:39am
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What kind of diapers are you using?
My son (PA/TNA) developed a rash after wearing Huggies Pull-ups. It got so bad that he eventually had an anaphylactic allergic reaction to them, believe it or not. (It's all here in the archives.) Anyway, we saw the Ped., the dermatologist and the allergist for the rash, and none of them could figure out what it was. It was just a normal-looking rash, but it ended up as hives.

Posted on: Sat, 02/11/2006 - 8:03am
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DS also has multiple food allergies and sounds similar to your DD in his development (it was 9 years ago, so a little fuzzy on details). I know he had trouble going from lying down to sitting up (he still had to roll over onto his tummy and then push up at age 4), never crawled, and didn't walk until 16.5 months. He was able to sit up by 6 months, though. He has growth hormone deficiency and we always blamed his physical development on that rather than the allergies. Many children with GHD are very short, but average weight. Growth hormone not only gives height, but also gives muscle strenght thus the delay in gross motor skills.
I do know that his height started dropping right around the same time we introduced solids. DS is allergic to corn and it was our most problematic allergen to avoid because it's in everything. Once we totally eliminated it (around age 3), he did grow a little, but then stopped again. Finally around age 4.5 we got the GHD diagnosis. I don't know if the allergies and GHD are related, but I have run into several people who are dealing with both multiple severe food allergies and GHD, so there may be some sort of link between the two.
Rebekah

Posted on: Sat, 02/11/2006 - 9:08am
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Do I think there is a relationship between the 2 - yes from our circumstance.
My son was diagnosed at 2 with peanut, and treenut allergies after 11 ear infections --at his five year check up the ped thought he was small (10 %) 2 months later in November 2005 he was diagnosed with corn, soy, carrot, cantaloupe, apple, banana, strawberry, coconut, latex, dog and ragweed as well as the peanut and treenut.
We have eliminated all of his allergens to the best of our ability and since Sept he has gained 5 pounds and now weighs 41 lbs.
i do believe there is a link for us -- it seems that way -- between growth and allergies.
he also has what we thought was terrible excema for the last year however we have been refered to a dermatologist for what might be a fungal infection -- we go Mon the 2Oth.
My daughter was diagnosed as failure to thrive at 7 months -- she ended up being allergic to milk and citrus -- which she has since out grown (she is 3 1/2) when all this was discovered she started gaining 1 pound every 2 weeks and is now 30lbs

Posted on: Sat, 02/11/2006 - 12:02pm
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Rebekahc,
Can I ask you a few questions about your son with GHD? What age was he when he was diagnosed? What made you or the ped. suspect GHD? What height was your son as a toddler?

Posted on: Mon, 02/13/2006 - 5:11am
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NAaer74 -
DS was diagnosed when he was 4 with GHD. We started suspecting something was going on long before that, though. His pedi kept telling us he was fine, but he was very sickly. We had him tested for celiac disease (negative), cystic fibrosis (positive on the sweat test, but neg. on the genetic screening), adenoids removed in case he had apnea that was keeping him from growing, and finally the allergy testing. Once we removed the corn from his diet the malabsorption problems resolved and he did grow a little, but stopped again. Finally the endo did the stim test for GHD which DS failed, so we knew he was GHD.
DS never completely fell off the growth charts for height, but did fall pretty far down. He was 50% when he was born. At his 4 year check-up (the last one before getting on growht hormone) he was 39 inches tall. In the first year on GH DS grew 6 inches and gained 12 pounds and lots of muscle tone! He's now back to 50% for his height.
Rebekah

Posted on: Fri, 02/10/2006 - 2:19am
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I don't know either, but I really think this was true for us as well.
DD always had signs of being extraordinarily advanced... first symbolic language at 7 months, etc.... but physical milestones were really weird. She was able to support her head at about 1 week old (yes, I know, but pediatrician noted it too) but then not later. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img] I never connected it to anything I might have been eating, but it got worse when I went back to work and started eating my afternoon BabyRuth while pumping milk. (sheesh) It also got a bit better when we FIRST started solids... but worse again when we introduced wheat. (looking back-- hindsight being 20/20 and all)
She wasn't walking and really not too interested in moving about on her own until after her major reaction at 11 months. It could be coincidence, but when we removed all her allergens from her diet, she began walking and talking (again) within DAYS. And hey-- that "spitting up" thing that all the babies in DH's family and mine evidently do until they are two or three? That went away too.
Go figure.
Then again, I know that we GAVE our daughter serious sensory issues because she was ALWAYS contact sensitive and so we were terrified of her touching anything from 1yr to 3 yr old. Being reasonably intelligent, she figured out that touching things was a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE fate. So I think PA caused that little "delay"/issue as well, inadvertently. Had to be done, though, so oh well. It is now getting better as she is almost 7.

Posted on: Sat, 02/11/2006 - 4:39am
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What kind of diapers are you using?
My son (PA/TNA) developed a rash after wearing Huggies Pull-ups. It got so bad that he eventually had an anaphylactic allergic reaction to them, believe it or not. (It's all here in the archives.) Anyway, we saw the Ped., the dermatologist and the allergist for the rash, and none of them could figure out what it was. It was just a normal-looking rash, but it ended up as hives.

Posted on: Sat, 02/11/2006 - 8:03am
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DS also has multiple food allergies and sounds similar to your DD in his development (it was 9 years ago, so a little fuzzy on details). I know he had trouble going from lying down to sitting up (he still had to roll over onto his tummy and then push up at age 4), never crawled, and didn't walk until 16.5 months. He was able to sit up by 6 months, though. He has growth hormone deficiency and we always blamed his physical development on that rather than the allergies. Many children with GHD are very short, but average weight. Growth hormone not only gives height, but also gives muscle strenght thus the delay in gross motor skills.
I do know that his height started dropping right around the same time we introduced solids. DS is allergic to corn and it was our most problematic allergen to avoid because it's in everything. Once we totally eliminated it (around age 3), he did grow a little, but then stopped again. Finally around age 4.5 we got the GHD diagnosis. I don't know if the allergies and GHD are related, but I have run into several people who are dealing with both multiple severe food allergies and GHD, so there may be some sort of link between the two.
Rebekah

Posted on: Sat, 02/11/2006 - 9:08am
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Do I think there is a relationship between the 2 - yes from our circumstance.
My son was diagnosed at 2 with peanut, and treenut allergies after 11 ear infections --at his five year check up the ped thought he was small (10 %) 2 months later in November 2005 he was diagnosed with corn, soy, carrot, cantaloupe, apple, banana, strawberry, coconut, latex, dog and ragweed as well as the peanut and treenut.
We have eliminated all of his allergens to the best of our ability and since Sept he has gained 5 pounds and now weighs 41 lbs.
i do believe there is a link for us -- it seems that way -- between growth and allergies.
he also has what we thought was terrible excema for the last year however we have been refered to a dermatologist for what might be a fungal infection -- we go Mon the 2Oth.
My daughter was diagnosed as failure to thrive at 7 months -- she ended up being allergic to milk and citrus -- which she has since out grown (she is 3 1/2) when all this was discovered she started gaining 1 pound every 2 weeks and is now 30lbs

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