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We just found out last month that our 10 month old is allergic to egg & peanut. All they did was a skin test, but I see a lot of talk about the RAST. Is this a blood test? Should I request this be done his next visit to the allergist? We are so paranoid about everything he touches or eats now it's like 24/7 worrying. Family doc finally sent him to pediatric dermatologist and an allergist plus started him on breathing treatments because she was at her wits end trying to make his ailments better. We don't know if we are being overly protective or if our paranoia is justified.

On Jan 18, 2006

You must be both terrified and relieved to know "what's wrong" with your baby. I hope it will help you to know you are not alone. I recall those feelings so well. Our daughter had her first major reactions to both allergens at about the same age. I felt like I was living in a snow-globe that had just been violently shaken, upside down.

Don't be too hard on yourself at first-- you have to learn to trust your instincts in a way that most parents don't. If it doesn't feel right to YOU, it doesn't happen. That is the only way that your family can retain control (and with control comes sanity). As you learn more, you'll be able to use your rational brain to make decisions. It takes time, and we all know how hard it is to give yourself permission to take that time! It feels like you need to know it all right now, doesn't it? But that isn't human. You'll grow into the job of guardian angel just like you grew into parenthood. Trust yourself to figure it out. You will. And it gets easier with time, it really does.

The one thing to do RIGHT NOW: get yourself a doctor who understands the life-threatening nature of severe FA (food allergies) and get emergency medications. Do not go anywhere without them. They can save your child's life. You are welcome here. It is a safe place with lots of people who know what the view is like from where you are. It is wonderfully healing to hear from people whose children were just like yours and mine, and are now young adults who are healthy and independent! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Jan 18, 2006

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Originally posted by Mommyof4: [b]We just found out last month that our 10 month old is allergic to egg & peanut. All they did was a skin test, but I see a lot of talk about the RAST. Is this a blood test? Should I request this be done his next visit to the allergist? [/b]

Has eliminating egg and peanut made a difference in his health? With allergy testing there is a possibility of false positives or of false negatives. But, if the test is positive, and eliminating the food improves the health there's probably no need to get further testing done at this time. I think the RAST test gives a number - but honestly, allergic is allergic is allergic. Kind of like being pregnant. Either you are or you aren't - nobody is just a little bit pregnant. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Welcome to the board. I hope you are looking through all the different forums here - there is loads of information.

On Jan 19, 2006

Yes, actually his health has improved dramatically since we have started watching his diet. His eczema is much improved, and I guess he was breaking out in hives which we didn't know at the time because his skin condition was so bad. His breathing is better too. So I guess we are on the right track. This website has been wonderful, but is also can be a little scary when you are new to this. It feels better just being able to talk to someone, so thanks

On Jan 19, 2006

Living with allergies can feel overwhelming. And sometimes - so can this board.

If things start sounding to scary, or making you feel like you *can't go on*, you might need to take a break from the board. It happens to a lot of us at times. Eventually you will reach a place where you feel comfortable. You'll know what companies you trust - what foods you can buy. But always remember - READ THE LABEL. Even if last week a certain food was safe - this week it might have a *may contain* warning.

And, on those days that you need to let out a primal scream - this boards a pretty good place to do it on. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

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