Worried about more allergies

Sara - posted on 01/18/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi all,



My almost 1 year old son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies at around 9 1/2 months. We took him to an allergist, against the advice of our doctor (who said that sometimes it's better NOT to know what your child is allergic to, since we can't treat them!), and they tested him for 12 things, and he ended up being allergic to 8 of the 12. He's allergic to cats, dogs, peanuts, dairy, soy, eggs (yolk & white), and oats.



My concern is that he has more allergies. Though he no longer has open sores on his face, and he does not break out in hives, he will still get small rashes on his face after eating certain foods. I have not pin pointed which other foods do this to him.



My question is...how did you determine ALL of your child's food allergies? Did they get tested more than once? Did you use trial and error? I want to be aware of all of his allergies, but I'm just not sure what the best way is to find this out.



Thanks for your suggestions and experiences.

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Kirsty - posted on 01/20/2009

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I've heard the rast test isn't as accurate as skin prick testing though ?????

Sarah - posted on 01/20/2009

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if he's allergic to oats he is probably allergic to wheat and barley as well...or the gluten in them. Best way to find out is blood work. the RASP tests aren't allways accurate. My daughter went to an allergist about the same age, they did the skin prick test and she came up as severlly allergic to egg...NOT the case...she eats eggs all the time. My mother also saw and allergist for her allergies, and her skin test said she would go into anaphalatic shock if she ate soy...she's been eating products w/soy her entire life and never had an episode...what I'm trying to say is blood work is the best way to find out exactlly what he's allergic to and how bad the allergy is.

Jenn - posted on 01/19/2009

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what are you using for formula? My son has been on Nutramigen for a long time now. He is only 7 mos. old. We have been trying to transition him to a new formula - milk based but lactose free.

Kirsty - posted on 01/18/2009

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My daughter was just tested for more allergies ? although i found out she was allergic to SO much that i am only worried about her anaphylactic allergies now, as if i took all her allergic foods off her she wouldn't eat anything !



I was just tested at a doctor, then for the first time 3 months ago i went to the Children's Hospital for the testing and they thought it had been a bit of overkill testing her for EVERYTHING and opted just to test her for her bad allergies. . .which might i add she went anapylactic to the test !



but she is 4 1/2 now and going quite well. . she still gets eczema and rashes and certain trees,pollens,animals,grasses & foods flare her up i can't keep her away from everything so i just keep her away from her bad allergens



i suggest you talk to your allergist or doctor if you are worried things are still flaring him up ? probably the only way ? or keep a diary and see if you can pin point what makes him unsettled and rashy??

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