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Kari - posted on 02/03/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hello All. I'm new here. I have a 17 month old daughter who just before her 1st birthday we found out she is severely allergic to eggs. Once we found that out the Drs blood tested her for milk, wheat and peanuts. They all came back normal. But I read that sometimes if you aren't exposed to certain foods the blood test could be a false negative. She was breastfed until she was 8 months old with no problems, and then we put her on a milk based formula. She can eat mac n cheese and other things that contain milk but I'm still weary that she may have a milk allergy. I didn't introduce milk right away because she was not eating foods and she wasn't gaining weight properly. I finally started switching her and the last four days she has had some milk. The first two days we did 3 oz of formula and 1 oz of milk. Then the next two days we did 2 oz & 2 oz. How long does it take to find out if she is allergic to milk, I'm watching her ever move and symptom to see if she is going to react. Any help or insight would be appreciated. I know a lot of you mommas have been there.

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Lori - posted on 02/21/2013

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If she's been on a milk based formula, and you've given her foods with milk in it such as mac n cheese... I'd say unless you've already noticed a reaction that she doesn't have an allergy to milk. She's been exposed to milk for 9 months now. Unless she's having reactions that you can't pinpoint, I'd say the milk is OK.

Christina - posted on 02/15/2013

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Hello, I am new to here as well. I just found the article with the top 25 food allergy mom blogs. I am so thankful to find so many in one spot! I have two boys 7 and an almost 2. My 2 year old has multiple food allergies (E, W, P, tomatoe, grapefruit) and I found out about when you did, right around 1. It all started with his second introduction to peanut butter. It was just a bite of my toast with peanut butter and he started to hive and itch. Skin testing revealed more witch made sense why he was spitting up from wheat and tomatoe. Also in the waiting period until skin testing he had a reaction to egg. This was his third introduction to egg. It is very difficult because you are just introducing foods. So just know that they most likely do not react on the first exposure...it is there "exposure." The next time/times is when you know. My son's diet is limited because there are many foods that I hadn't exposed him to yet. For instance, he didn't show an allergy to fish/shellfish/treenuts but that doesn't mean they are safe. If he is already not eating that food he is to young to introduce. He cannot in words tell me how he feels. You know by signs/symptoms but it is NOT worth the risk. NOw that he is getting a little bit older we can start to think about introducing new foods with his allergist. I can bring a list and also the food if I want that I am concidering and we can do testing in the office with his Dr.

My advise is to be very careful when introducing foods since she is already allegic to egg. Only small amounts and keep track of what you are feeding her and what she does well with. You'll have to setup and appt. with an allergist to help you make a plan of action for introducing foods. Write down what you have already introduced without any problems. Like items with wheat such as mac n chesse, baby cereals and crackers. Dairy: cheese, yougurt. Fruits: banana, strawberry. Veggies: potato, peas, carrots etc. My son had a hard time getting used to cow's milk but he is not allergic. His pediatrician recommended miralax to help with the bloating and gas that he was having. Please discuss options with your daughters pediatrician if she you think she is having a hardtime with it. Hope this helps and that you don't feel so alone. Best of Luck!!

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