We just received this and it is a question which many have, I thought that others with multiple allergies might have some suggestions etc.
Here is her question>>>
Hello my son who is 9 mo. has been blood tested for some allergies from highest to lowest Peanuts, milk, wheat, eggs do you know what I am going to feed this poor kid?
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On Jul 28, 1999
Not to sound negative but, the statement "has been blood tested for some allergies from highest to lowest Peanuts, milk, wheat, eggs.." doesn't necessarily tell me that this boy has allergies to all these substances. The diagnosis of a food allergy is based on clinical history as well as blood/skin tests. Based strictly on the numbers, my son would have a milk allergy. However, he has had no clinical reaction to it.
The performance characteristics of skin prick tests and CAP System FEIA (egg, milk, peanut, fish) were comparable, with excellent sensitivity and negative predictive accuracy but poor specificity and positive predictive accuracy. (Source: [url="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/htbin-post/Entrez/query?uid=9338535&form=6&db=m&Dopt=b"]www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/htbin-post/Entrez/query?uid=9338535&form=6&db=m&Dopt=b[/url] ). In other words there are a large number of false positives.
Depending on the IgE antibody level the CAP System can identify a subset of patients who are highly likely (>95%) to experience clinical reactions to egg, milk, peanut, or fish.
If this women's son is indeed allergic to these items, I would suggest consulting a nutritionist. Eliminating all these items would require a specialized diet, especially for someone so early in his development. Has this women seen a board certified pediatric allergist about this or did the ped order the test?
On Aug 5, 1999
As always check with your own doctor to make sure this is safe for your child. My son was diagnosed with multi allergies at 6 mos. They included egg whites , soy, wheat, barley, rye and dairy. My son was cared for by his pediatrician, an allergist and a nutritionist.
Each new food my son had was introduced slowly: Day 1 half tsp.; day 2 one tsp.; day three as much as he would eat. Since my son also had eczema sometimes it was difficult to determine if he was allergic to a food or if he was having a flare up for some other reason. We were always very cautious. To assist in this process I kept a food diary for him and I recorded any reactions including taste.
These were the foods/ formulas:
Nutramigen ( this is a casein hydrolysate formula) some people with a severe casein allergy may not be able to use this. There are other formulas available for you as well. He continued on formula as a food supplement until he was three years old.
Fruit: Prunes, bananas,
Vegetables: Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach
Supplements: 1/2 of a children's vitamin. We used Poly-Vi-Sol . The nutritionist recommended Centrum Jr but we were unable to use since my son has a wheat allergy.
1 tsp. of Children's Mylanta
Our biggest hurdle was getting adequate fat and carbs. We used margarine on everything to help this. We found a rice bread that he liked as well as rice and corn pastas and that helped with the carbs.
With the assistance of the nutritionist and the allergist I was able to determine which foods to try and in what order based on allergies and nutritional values.
My son still has multi food allergies but he is very healthy. We use the concept of the food pyramid to make sure is is getting what his body needs. He can eat many more things and enjoys it as well. We really worked on creating a stress free food environment. We did not need food to be used as a control issue.
Let me know you would like additional information. My son is currently 4 years old and he 95th percentile for height and 75th percentile for weight.
On Aug 6, 1999
We too had many allergies to deal with when our son was wee. He was also able to eat quinoa and spelt for grains. These are available as flour or in pastas, breads, etc.
At nine months old I think that I also gave him rice based baby cereal and added a bit of homemade baby food to it.
There are some excellent books available on making your own baby foods and peanuts, milk, wheat, and eggs are not usually listed as ingredients for the age that you are looking at.
If you don't have a soy allergy, there are multiple products available to you. Many of these you wouldn't even notice are made of soy according to their taste.
I try to stay clear of highly processed foods. With a nine month old I expect you do too. If you steer towards vegetables, meats, and fruit as the base of a meal this is pretty easy.
If you happen to be in Ontario, I can tell you where to find many of these products when your wee guy gets a little older.
A nutritionist is great for helping you round out his diet.
On Aug 9, 1999
My daughter is also allergic to peanuts, wheat, eggs, & soy. She's 3 now but after MUCH searching we found a place to order her bread mixes, pasta, cookie mixes, etc. that don't use any of that, they also are dairy free in many cases but they can customize ANY order (english muffins unfortunately require eggs for texture, but it too can be customized). It's called Miss Roben's, I'm new here so I don't know how to link you to it but if you type in missroben.com it should take you there. They use alot of rice, potato, tapioca, etc. flours (much cheaper than quinoa, amaranth, and the like). Give them a try and let me know! It took a couple months trying different items, but we've finally found some items that really taste like the "real thing" (their chocolate cake/cake-like brownie mix is heavenly!!). Charmaigne, pretty much eats what every other kid is eating and loves the tricolor veggie twist pasta (rice). Our allergist could only tell us about eating alot of plain meats, veggies, & potatoes, AND shopping at health-food stores. I found the risk of cross-contamination at health-food stores to be great (miss roben's guarantees no cross-cont.), Charmaigne had a severe flare-up of her eczema after we spent an hour trying to read labels and find stuff to try. GOOD LUCK!!!
[This message has been edited by Marielle (edited August 09, 1999).]
On Aug 9, 1999
I forgot a couple things...
First, baking without wheat and eggs is a challenge (I don't know about the milk). You'll notice the breads are a bit denser and you bake at a lower temp for longer time. But with practice it does get easier.
I don't know how much baking/cooking she's been doing, but if it's none...LEARN, it makes life so much easier!
Second, Miss Roben's is NOT dedicated to allergy foods, it's for Gluten-free. Therefore, you'll notice they don't use flours/grains that are not wheat but do have gluten (like oats/oatmeal). However, that said, they will work with you to ensure that your allergy needs are met.
Again, good luck! and if you need any help or ideas let me know!
By agelman101 on Jul 16, 2009
My son has been diagnosed with severe food allergies to peanut, milk, and egg and slight allergies to wheat and soy. He pretty much eats the same thing everyday. I make him pancakes using "Namaste" pancake mix. Can be found at a whole foods or other organic/health food type of store. I add rice milk, vegan margarine, and "enerG" egg replacer. I make about a months worth at a time and pack them in individual sandwich bags which I then place in a large freezer bag. For dinner I make meatballs and sauce and I crush up oatmeal to use as a binder and you can use potato or gluten free pasta as a side with sauce. Again I make numerous portions, freeze it, and defrost as needed. These are just two examples of what I do. It does take a while to figure it out and its not easy but eventually it just becomes part of your routine. As to the diagnosis of food allergies from blood testing, I followed up with skin testing and found some false positives on the blood so make sure you see a specialist. Good Luck.