Food Allergies in my 2 1/2 year old

Jacqueline - posted on 09/15/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 2 1/2 year old daughter has a rash that has been progressively getting worse over the past 6 weeks. We've been to the pediatrician twice. At our recent appointment (Friday), our doctor told us that he thought she was having an allergic reaction to food. We are supposed to start eliminating foods to figure out what she is allergic to. The doctor said to start with wheat. I am just wondering if anyone has dealt with this and if you have any recommendations on food. Especially food that is kid friendly.

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We had to remove all dairy from my daughter's diet when she was one due to skin problems. We used soy products in place of dairy. When her skin was clear we re-introduced dairy gradually.

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Maura - posted on 02/03/2011

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Definitely depends on what you have already been feeding him. Rice is considered one of the most kid/allergy friendly foods (not from package with spices during food elmination process) including rice cakes, rice crispies, and rice noodles. Bananas are one of the least allergic fruits. Meats are usually okay (unless he's allergic to antibiotics), ketchup fine (because highly processed). I started with these foods and once a week added a new food. High allergy foods: eggs, dairy, nuts (no peanut butter) wheat, fruit and fruit juice, onion, MSG, food coloring (no fruit loops etc), tomato. Good luck.

Fiona - posted on 09/18/2009

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yes we have encountered the same problem with our little boy who was only 4 months at the time of showing severe reactions.

i would thoroughly recommend visiting a paediatric allergist as they can do the skin prick test to determine what the child is allergic too.

Then you can know for sure what foods etc to eliminate.

My child was allergic to wheat (now grown out of it) but still allergic to all nuts, egg, dairy, shell fish - he is now 3 and a half and we hope that he will grow out of these but we continue to get him tested every year.

Paige - posted on 09/16/2009

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My daughter developed hives around 12 months. We quickly realized that it was an allergy to strawberries. She had only had a taste of true strawberry once, but I was giving her strawberry yogurt. When I stopped giving it to her, the hives stopped. At 3 years old, we tried her again... more hives. We treat it as a serious allergy, as continued exposure could make it develop into a bigger reaction. Good luck with the trial & error period!

User - posted on 09/15/2009

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Where is the Rash? It could be an allergy to soap, washing powder, softner. Even toilet paper, or perfumes.
If its an allergy to food, then you should start keeping a diary of what she eats. Try eliminating the things that are most common in childhood allergies. I'd suggest googling it, to see what the most common are. You could put her on an organic diet, and if that works, slowly introduce the food back to her one at a time.
Child allergies dont always start at birth, so it still could be something she's had for the most of her eating time.
lifestyle changes can cause stress in a child, and this can cause rashes too. Moving house, someone close passing away, or parents fighting/splitting.

Jodie - posted on 09/15/2009

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my daughter started to get a rash when she was about 18 months i was told to eliminate all dairy as this can be the most common cause!! I bought all the dairy free things most of which contain added calcium now, and she was ok!! After 6-8 months i re-introduced dairy and the rash never came back!! Sometimes allergies are only temporary!! Good luck with it

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