Just recieved food allergy results for 9mth old and very overwhelmed....

Krystal - posted on 12/10/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is 9mths old and we got his blood results back yesterday. He has come back positive to seemingly everything :(



Staple food mix - positive - Egg white, Milk, Wheat, Peanut, Soya bean & Fish (cod)

Cereal Mix - positive - Wheat, Oat, Corn, Sesame seed, Buckwheat

Nut mix - Equivocal - Peanut, Brazil, Hazelnut, Almond & coconut



Do i just cut everything out? When can i reintroduce to see if its an intollerance or allergy? Should i get individual tests done to see what the main culprits are?



Very confused :(

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Caitlin - posted on 12/31/2009

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I was told not to worry so much about the allergies at that age. Of course we have to avoid all of those foods, but that the potential to outgrow them is much greater at this age. Our daughter was diagnosed allergic to dairy and beef at 4 months after an anaphylactic reaction. Diagnosed allergic to egg white and yellow at 9 months after another anaphylactic reaction. Other allergies shown by blood test include nuts, peanuts, seafood. Cooking is a challenge and I admit I rely too much on heinz baby foods (only the safe ones of course). You should definately speak to an allergist about it, they can give you some really great information!

Rita - posted on 12/18/2009

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My son never had the blood test but he did have the skin test on 7 foods when he was very young. Do you know the intensities of each food? Some can be low enough that you can feed him them but I would talk to an allergist before you decided on what to do. He drinks a formula called neocate jr. (It's for older kids but he was on neocate before this) The only problem with that is it is based on corn syrup solids. I don't know if they make a rice formula but I do know that when your baby is able you can buy him Rice dream enriched with calcium and other vitamins.

My son lived off of fruits and vegetables and some cereals for the first year. He is allergic to soy, milk, eggs, peanuts.

It seems like you can use the rice and barley cereals and mix them yourself with fruits and vegetables.Also, in the natural baking sections of most grocery stores you can get barley flour for baking. There are plenty of ways to get around baking without eggs, milk, butter, and mainstream shortenings. I will share with you what I've learned so far if you would like to make home made foods that are safe.

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Keep us updated...and good luck.

Right now DD is allergic to 9 things. She eats fruis, veggies, meats and certain seeds/grains. No rice or potato though! That maes it hard.

I have a friend who is giving her DD (who has almost all the same allergies as my girl) enzyme supplements. They seem to be working and she has been able to reintroduce some of the foods!

Krystal - posted on 01/12/2010

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Thats exactly what i told the paed Andrea. She just wanted me to cut out everything from his diet! I was like ummm and what am i supposed to feed him? Thanks again, hoping i'll see the specialist in Adelaide soon and get the testing underway. x

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I would seriously consider the skin tests...For example, my daughter is allergic to wheat and oat but not corn. I wouldn't have known that if I never did the skin test. This is crucial because corn is in everything, including medicines (tylenol etc) It makes life much easier knowing EXACTLY what she is allergic to. She still has 9 allergies, but there are somethings I thought she couldn't have but can.

Krystal - posted on 01/09/2010

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I have seen the paed this week and we have organised to get skin prick testing done. Hopefully it wont be too long before they ring with an appt. At the moment he is just living of fruit, vege, meat and rice cereal. Thankfully he loves it all and he's started putting on a bit more weight. Thanks for your support xx

Melanie - posted on 01/01/2010

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I guess according to my doctor, the numbers can mean different things. I am assuming you had a RAST test done and if the numbers are in a certain range then they have an allergy level of 2 or lower and the Dr. may recommend a food challenge. Did they also do skin tests? My son is allergic to dairy, eggs, and tree nuts. Did the dr. talk about breaking it down and doing individual tests so that they know exactly what he is allergic to? They did the tree nuts mix for my son and he came back positive initially, but it appears that now it is primarily cashews. Now we avoid all tree nuts (due to cross contamination) but I wonder if this holds true for other tests. Check out books on line by Linda Coss about dealing with kids with food allergies. There are all sorts of books out there- you just have to search. I found our public library had tons of stuff (which I didn't believe!)



As far as introducing stuff- I would avoid it if at all possible in order to prevent it from becoming more significant and to give him the opportunity to outgrow it. My son used to only get eczema when exposed, but now has been to the hospital in anaphylactic shock after exposure. I would definitely talk to your doc about finding out the main culprits and then avoid them. I know it seems hard- I grieved for a long time with this, but it is manageable- there are lots of people going through this. Check out the FAAN website (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network). They have some great info and can provide links to websites that will offer substitutions for things your little one can eat. Good luck and keep us updated!

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