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Posted on: Fri, 07/09/1999 - 12:52pm
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My son,almost 15 months has many allergies. Last month, I took him to an allergist for a shot (they were afraid he might have a reaction because of his obvious allergy to milk.) While there, he was tested for some allergies and on a scale of 0 to 4, he got a "4" for peanuts, milk, and eggs, he also got a "2" for wheat, pork, and corn. I have been still giving him the wheat and corn (he doesn't like pork) until yesterday. I got a call from a dietition, who we are going to see in a week. She wants us to keep him off of all 3 of those for 2 weeks and introduce only 1 a week to see if he can outgrow them. (We are still not to give him peanuts, milk, or eggs.) Has anyone heard of a child outgrowing an allergy in 2 weeks?! We carry an epi-pen wherever we go (along with a prescription anti-hystamine for the hives). Today, even though he had none of the 6 things I listed, he STILL got some hives and I don't know why! How do you all cope?
Thanks for letting me vent!
Markus' mom... Colleen

Posted on: Fri, 07/09/1999 - 1:11pm
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Hi,
My son tested a 3+(On the skin test) for pork and beef, and the allergist had me take him off these for 2 weeks and then reintroduce them one at a time. This is to see just how much of a reaction they really have, as not all reactions are the same. In my son's case, he really did not have any reaction to the beef and pork, so he does eat these occasionally, although he doesn't care for them as much as chicken and turkey.
Things will get easier with time. Always be vigilant about what your child eats and you will probably not have any problems, at least until he gets of an age where he is no longer under your wing. That is when good education will pay off.
good luck and stay safe

Posted on: Sat, 07/10/1999 - 12:04pm
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Thanks for the info! I'm taking my son to a dietition in about a week and I was wondering...does anyone have any suggestions of questions that I should ask? I just found this site last night and I LOVE it! Anything helps at this point!
Markus' mom Colleen

Posted on: Sat, 07/10/1999 - 12:54pm
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Hi Colleen. I just went to a dietician for my dd. It was a huge bust! [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] I ended up paying to educate her! She knew nothing, but did print up copies to give me about food allergies. There was little in there I haven't already learned. I mainly went to ask her about ingredients to watch out for since I am currently working on a list. I asked her about lecithin and lectithin (are these two different things or just a different spelling for the same thing) and about pinder which I can't seem to locate anywhere...She said she would research it and call me. I never heard back from her. I will be very curious to see what info the dietician gives you. Please post your visit. Thanks! Shan [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 07/11/1999 - 1:00am
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I am posting this under NEW TO THIS because I just don't where to start. I am also doing this at work..SSSHHH !! I have been unable to justify the cost of buying a computer for home use, but upon discovering this site I will purchase a PC w/o hesitation. My wife and I found out the hard way about our son's allergy. He is now 20 mon. His first and only reacation occurred at 14 mon. After one bite of a pb cracker commonly sold in vending machines his face was all red, his eyes were swollen shut and his lips were terribly swollen. We called 911 and were at the hospital within minutes. Benadryl was administered and after a while our son looked normal again. I still have so many ?'s and will continue to scour thru all the postings. You all seem so educated on the subject and are educating me in the process. We are having such a hard time dealing with all the implications of this allergy. There seems to be no end to all the hazards and we are constanly frustrated. Hopefully we can find some peace of mind. Thanks to all

Posted on: Sun, 07/11/1999 - 12:25pm
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Hi Eddie,
I think that this web site has been my best ally for dealing with this allergy. I am one who did not (On my pediatrician's advice) see an allergist for about a year after my son's initial exposure. Thank god that he had no other exposures during that year, as while I kept him away from KNOWN peanut products, I sure wasn't educated about the hiddens. As you become more educated, you'll feel a lot more confident about dealing with the allergy. I will admit to occasional rough days, and thats when I log on to this sight and spill my guts. There are so many great people here dealing with the same things we are!
Good luck and Stay Safe

Posted on: Mon, 07/12/1999 - 8:01am
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Eddie,
I didn't even know the term "cross-contamination" until I found this site. I highly recommend you reading the "alert/manufacturer" board. There are so many foods out there that you couldn't or wouldn't imagine contain peanuts/peanut oil in the ingredients, or for that matter, processed on the same lines as peanut foods which presents your cross-contamination problem. It only takes 2 mg or 1/2 a peanut to cause a possible fatal reaction!
Like Debbie mentioned, the obvious foods are not the problem. It is the non-obvious that can get you into trouble! Reading labels on every food item you buy is a must! Even on routine items since ingredients can change without a moments notice.
I wish you and your family luck with this allergy! Keep us posted and stay safe!

Posted on: Thu, 07/15/1999 - 7:36am
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For Markus' Mom:
My sons have multiple food allergies so I have done a fair bit of reading over the last few years. This is what I think your dietician was getting at: people with mulitiple allergies seem to have different loads of allergens that they can tolerate. Eg if 95% of their different allergens are removed they can cope with the remaining 5%. So your dietician may be hoping that if 100% of your son's allergens are removed for 2 weeks (to give his system a chance to clear out) and then if the most severely allergenic things are still avoided, he may be able to cope with things he is only midly allergic to. So really when you reintruduce wheat, pork and corn, you will not be testing whether your son has out grown these allergens but whether he can tolerate them once his overall load of allergens has been lowered. Alternatively some people who score level 2 in RAST tests do not actually have any reaction to those things when they eat them.
Also your son may still be getting hives either because he is still reacting to things from the previous day, or you gave him something that will have been contaminated or he has another allergy you are not aware of.
Hope this helps. My mother is visiting and read this over my shoulder and told me not to dole out medical advice. I hope that I am not doing this but just explaining what I have learnt.
Holly

Posted on: Thu, 07/15/1999 - 8:29am
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Hi,
I am assuming that your son had a skin test at your doctor's office that is why you had the result right away.
My son is now almost three y/o. He's had both skin test and RAST done in the past. The RAST showed that he is allergic to soy and barley and the skin test showed 3+ response to beef, chicken, and rice but he has been eating all these things without any problem. What I am trying to say is that the test results can certain drive you crazy. I think as long as your son does not have any symptom on the food that he has tested positive for you should not worry about it. However, it does seem like you are still looking for the "guilty ingredient" that is causing his eczema. You may want to try to eliminate most food from his diet and try one or two items for three days then try to re-adjust his food very gradually (every 2-3 days) to try to sort out what he is allergic to. You may also want to get him tested for possible allergies to dust mite and other environmental allergens. Good luck.

Posted on: Thu, 07/15/1999 - 12:21pm
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Holly,
Thanks for clearing that up for me. I was still giving him the wheat and corn (up until a week ago) and he was still getting hives. But, I thought a few hives was better than depriving him completely. As for other allergies, they (the allergist) told me that they don't want to test him until he's older because he may outgrow the allergies, or develop them. We go to a dietition on Monday to figure out what we can and can't feed him.
Thanks for the input!
P.S. Holly, tell your mom that I like the advice!
Markus' mom,
Colleen

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