Nut,egg and soy allergies

Margery - posted on 02/05/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My little girl will be 2 in March and is allergic to nuts eggs and soy. I know the nut one is with her for life but have heard that the other 2 can go away as she gets older. Is this true? Also, her pediatrician has not referred her to an allergist. Is this something I should look into myself or ask her doctor to do it?

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Tara - posted on 02/06/2009

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Do not let this get you down! OK, my son is 3 and is allergic to milk, eggs, soy, peanuts and tree nuts, as well as dogs, cats and various environmental allergies. I have done EXTENSIVE research within the last 2 1/2 yrs and here is what I recommend. Are there any children's hospitals in your area? If yes, see if they have a ped allergist on staff. I say this b/c we have been to a private allergist and also to the Jaffe Institute at Mt Sinai in Manhattan, with MS, they are one stop shopping -- have people to draw blood right on site, have a really knowledgable nutritionist who actually will tell you exact products for your child and give you all the tools you need to tackle this. Also, your local healthfood store can also be really helpful. With the private practice allergist, when Ryan was turning 1 I asked what I should give him for calcium and they could provide no help to me -- MS can tell you a calcium powder and there are also many foods that actually CAN eat that have calcium (just make sure she gets it). Cream of Wheat, KIXs cereal, Lifestream Buckwheat waffles with jelly, IAN's products are all good for breakfast (along with alot of fruit and rice milk), If you get deli meat for her, make sure they cut meat on a clean machine, Vermont bread company has alot of bread options and so does RUDI's and also Whole foods Sour Dough, and rice bread -- rold gold pretzels, lays potatoe chips, organix fruit roll-ups, also all the cherrybrook kitchen products are fantastic and beside the baked goods, they also have pancake mix so she can be included with fun breakfast as well.



Sorry that I've gone on so long. I just know how you feel especially having an older sibling. My kids are 21 mo. apart, so I was/am always searching for things he can have that everyone will eat so he doesn't feel left out. (Cuts down on ALOT of tantrums as well). Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions. I hope this info was helpful!

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Beth - posted on 04/14/2009

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My 2 sons have many food allergies. Everyone here has given you good advice but I just want to add one thing to the peanut allergy. Yes kids can outgrow this but it can also return later in life. My husband hadn't been allergic and 4 years ago had a very severe reaction. My ped and allergist both say that even if the peanut allergy is outgrown to still avoid them. Hope this helps.

Stephanie - posted on 04/13/2009

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My son has peanut, egg and soy allergies. From what I have researched, sometimes a child's blood (RAST) testing can be positive for soy if their peanut allergy is strong enough cuz they are both in the same family of foods (legumes). I have brought my son to an allergist 1x/year and he takes updated allergy testing, which in the past year has been very promising for all of his allergies. His egg AND peanut allergies dropped significantly!! I think it may be a good idea to look into an allergist. I know I was glad to be able to talk with a specialist to determine what foods my son can and can't have, and to start a plan for the future with school, etc.

Shelby - posted on 04/08/2009

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Also, my son was allergic to raw egg...he could eat it if it was cooked in something. (ie: cakes/pancakes/breads etc) He couldn't, however, have the flu shots and some other meds that were made w/raw egg or eggwhites.

Shelby - posted on 04/08/2009

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I've not read the replies so if I am repeating, I apologize. I'm also only giving you my experience w/my son, whom is now 4. We found out right before his 2nd b-day that he was allergic to soy, milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. I recently had him tested again and he has outgrown the milk, egg and many tree nuts. (however, the peanut has gone up and he is now also allergic to shell fish) From my understanding from our allegist, it is likely that many kids will outgrow all sorts of food allergies. Peanuts are less likely but it is possible. (I do know a family who has 3 children an dall 3 are allergic to peanuts...the older two have completely outgrown it!)

In regards to the allergist...if it were me/my child, i would go to the specialist. I want someone who deals w/this day in and day out and are on top of the latest thing, kwim? To me it's like if my child had a heart problem. If that were the cas, I'd have them seen by a specialist not just my ped.

(I will also add that my son is our youngest and the only one in the family (including extended) that has any food allergies.)

Annmarie - posted on 03/06/2009

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my lil girl is 5 nw and we have lived with the egg allergy since she was 10mnths and the nut allergy since she was 2
she wasnt refered to an allergy clinic till she was 4 because she might of outgrown the allergy. plus they do a test to see if she is allergic to the egg white and or the egg yolk . i personally found this strange. ive found that her allergy has got worse but easier to control as im experienced now in how to deal with reactions and also dnt have to think about foods when makin alternatives so it does get easier. i would reccommend asking for her to be tested to see if it just egg in raw form or if she can have it in cakes because my cousin is able to have eggs in cakes bt cant have a fried egg
hope things feel easier soon coz i no how hard it can be

Tara - posted on 02/08/2009

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Oh, that's great she can have calcium. There are alot of alternatives for chicken fingers, fish sticks (although I would have her tested for fish allergies (Ians) Sabret hot dogs, Barilla Blue box pasta (mfg practices are that it is made on separate days and the machines are washed down -- cleared by MS) I usually try to find out what someone is serving and bring the same thing, prepared so he can eat it, or an alternative that he chooses -- be very careful of baked breads, they may not contain eggs, but are usually brushed with them to make them shiny!

Margery - posted on 02/08/2009

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Thank you so much for your advice! It's nice to have another mom's opinion. My daughter is the first one in our whole family( even extended family) that has allergies so any help is great! We don't have any trouble with the calcium- she loves milk- but I have found that meal selections are limited. She is at the age where she wants the same thing everyone else has. I hadn't thought of going to a health food store but I guess now I will check it out. We do have a Children's Mercy Hospital near. We actually go there quite a bit for my oldest daughter ( she has had 2 open heart surgeries and we still go for checkups) I just always thought that we had to be referred for something like that.



Thanks again for the advice!!

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