Katie - posted on 05/25/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )
My son was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis last year, had a gtube placed 6 months ago and is on a formula only diet. We just got the OK to start doing food trials a few months ago: chicken, rice and apple. He has only eaten a few bites of chicken twice, a handful of rice chex once or twice and some apple slices and apple juice over the past few months. He started doing this thing where he clears his throat really really loudly like it is irritating him. I also have to constantly remind him to drink water to keep his throat from getting dry. I called his doctor and she thinks it is just a dry throat causing the throat clearing.
The doc said we could add fruits and veggies in one by one if he didn't react to the initial three foods so I figured potatoes would be a good choice since i could bake some french fries for my son. He has eaten 4-5 fries twice over the past two weeks. And he is still doing the throat clearing thing.
Tonight he ate two fries around 6pm. I heard him in his room about 30 minutes ago coughing and choking. I ran in to find him sitting up in bed crying, looking like he might throw up. I got him to drink some water and he laid back down. But for the past 20 minutes he has been clearing his throat.
I'm unsure if it was a reaction to the potato or just a dry throat. He doesn't have another endoscopy/biopsy until the end of next month.
I know that sometimes it takes a few exposures from a food before a reaction can occur, but i'm not sure that is what is happening.
So i guess my overall question is how long after eating an allergenic food can a person have a reaction? Has anyone else gone through food trials, and how did you know your child was having a reaction to a specific food?