Several food allergies detected

Posted on: Mon, 04/16/2001 - 3:23am
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pI previously sent this, but I dont think it went through -so I apologize if you receive twice. I have taken my 17 month old son to a pediatric allergist - on the advice from many of you, thanks! - and his blood test results came back showing him as having positive abnormal allergies to Soy bean, Legumes, Oat, Cows Milk, Potato, Egg White, Banana, Peanuts. I am a bit overwhelmed at this and was wondering if anyone has some suggestions for us. I watched, I thought very closely, what he ate yesterday at Easter and by last evening he had broken out in hives all over his legs and had an eczema attack on his back, trunk and head. I have no idea what he ate to cause this. I have the follow up appointment in a few days with the Dr., but I would like to be prepared with the appropriate questions. Also, does anyone know what in the world he can eat or drink...obviously no cows milk, soy milk, granola bars, oatmeal, potatoes, french fries, chips, hashbrowns, baked goods with egg whites???? Please help. Thank to all!br /
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Posted on: Mon, 04/16/2001 - 4:39am
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Hi, I completely understand your feelings. My daughter is allergic to cow's milk, eggs, wheat and peanuts (showed very low borderline for soy and corn). Have you thought of rice milk? I would ask the allergist before using it, but just a suggestion. Every mealtime is a little stressful for me because I am so afraid of her reactions to new things. Our allergist gave us this site [url="http://www.missroben.com"]www.missroben.com[/url] . Good luck. Oh, and I am also new to this.
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Posted on: Mon, 04/16/2001 - 5:15am
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Kim - you must feel very overwhelmed indeed. I am posting a link to a thread called "Cross-reactive Allergens". You may find it helpful to pinpoint which OTHER foods your son may be reacting to, since you've elimated all the main positive foods and he's still having trouble.
Many foods have similar protein structures (the protein is what causes the allergic reaction). For example, if you are allergic to bananas, there is a higher than normal chance you will be allergic to kiwi fruit, also.
Foods are not the only cross-reactives. As another example, if you are allergic to ragweed, you may develop an allergy to bananas which only occurs during ragweed season. Since your body contains a high concentration of ragweed pollen at this time of year, bananas, which have a similar protein structure to ragweed pollen, may cause an itchy mouth and throat. You may not notice this reaction at any other time of the year (ragweed season is usually in the late summer and fall months).
Here is the link to click on: [url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum3/HTML/000392.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum3/HTML/000392.html[/url]
Hope this helps with trying to further pinpoint foods to eliminate. As for foods he CAN eat - I can't really help you there. Perhaps after you've further eliminated possible cross-reactives from his diet, you could slowly re-introduce foods into his diet - try getting an appointment with a good nutritionist. You need to know which healthy, safe foods he CAN eat, and a nutritionist will make sure he's getting his vitamins/minerals and will keep an eye on any weight gain/loss he may experience.
Good luck and welcome to the board! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 04/16/2001 - 11:53pm
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When Ben was 3, he was having some reflux and he was blood tested for milk, wheat, and soy. He came back positive for wheat and soy, and mildly positive for milk. I removed cow's milk from his diet and the problem cleared up. He still has allergy problems and mild eczema, but I don't think wheat is to blame even though the test was positive. One year at Passover, his eczema cleared up completely--his hands were smoother than they've ever been. He was eating tons of matzoh all week, which is made from flour and water--lots of wheat. (His hands were better this Passover too, so now I'm wondering if it's a corn or yeast problem.) So, my response is that maybe he's not really allergic to all those things. What has he reacted to, what hasn't he reacted to? Blood tests are not always accurate. I'm not suggesting you ignore the results and feed him whatever you want, but question the results and use your instincts.

Posted on: Tue, 04/17/2001 - 12:04am
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Hi...I know what you're going through (except for the soy and bananas). My son is still allergic to milk, egg, and nuts. He was allergic to wheat, corn, and pork also. As hard as it has been, we have survived and his pediatrician has said he is probably one of the healthiest eaters she has seen. I wish he didn't have the allergies, but look at the positive side....he can't eat a lot of the "junk food" out there.
I'm not sure where you live, but here in the Northeast, I go to GNC. They have a lot of foods with rice as a substitute. My son ate a lot of pasta, wheat free bread, peas, and apples when he was at his worst with the allergies. It took about 3 months of complete abstinence from corn, wheat, and pork, but it worked. When we slowly introduced those foods back in his diet, he was okay.
Good luck with all the allergies!
Colleen
Forgot to tell you one thing....my son also has "mysterious" hives at least once a day. Was there an animal where you were on Easter? We have a lab and if my son is in close contact with him (hugs...etc.) he gets hives. Just a thought...
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Posted on: Tue, 04/17/2001 - 12:09pm
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I also have a child w/a wide variety of food allergies - including garlic and mustard. Have you thought about those? During certain times of the year he may react to corn - generally spring and early summer. I can't remember your child's age but my 5 year old was on Zyrtec all last summer (when he was 4) and it helped w/the mysterious reactions. Claratin did not help.
I never let him eat anything outside of the house w/o me seeing a label - so again if your child is as allergic as you may think, I would be much more cautious about what goes into his mouth. I take all snacks and food w/me wherever I go. And as has been said, trust your instincts and keep a food diary and note down any reactions you may see. Memory soon fades and you will have a long running history of what has gone on and eventually you may see patterns of redness/hives after he has eatten a particular food. Likewise if he has seasonal allergies it will help referring to prior years to see what happened/what to expect and how much better he will be doing year to year. I kept food logs for at least 2 years - a small spiral book in the kitchen and brief lists of menus and any symptoms noted.
Good luch

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