Possible to outgrow Food allergy?

Debbie - posted on 03/13/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I think my son (1 year old) has an allergy to eggs - got a rash a few hours after eating them. I have heard that it is possible to 'grow out' of food allergies...when would it be safe to reintroduce eggs into his diet?

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Betty - posted on 03/13/2009

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My closest friends son has/had food allergies, he has grown out of all of them except eggs, if the allergic reaction is bad you may want to get him tested, a lot of younger children have food allergies, specifically eggs. Your doctor can send him to have an allergy test. My friends doctor gets her son tested a couple times a year, that is when she new it was safe to reintroduce the foods he once was allergic to.

Shelly - posted on 03/13/2009

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Debbie,



  You can't lable him with a food allergie after one experiance I would try again and then if that is what has caused the problem.  And yes you can grow out of food allergies as your hormones change in your body.  I had an allergy to tomatoes my entire life but now that I am going through the change I have no problem and my allergy would take me out I would break out in blig blistering rashes and I'm talking a blister that would be as big as a baseball not just little blisters huge ones...And the same thing with asprin if I took anything with asprin it would cause my throat to swell shut.  Well my hubby bought some cold med and didn't pay attention to the lable and it contained asprin and guess shat nothing happened...So if it ends up being an allergy then I would give it until he hits his teens and then try again... Good luck

Abbey - posted on 03/13/2009

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Quoting Melissa:



Most kids outgrow food allergies by the age of 5.  Although, I personally would not call it outgrowing as opposed to be able to handle the reaction.  My children still have reaction to their food allergies, but if they eat it once a week, their body can handle the reaction (aka they prefer the food over the reaction).






Second, where was the rash?  Take into account that if it is true allergy (as opposed to an intolerance -- medical terminology that means nothing when baby is crying), the reaction will become worse with each exposure.  If the rash was around the mouth / throat area, after three exposures it could become a very serious reaction -- calling 911 serious.






Third, if it was my child, I would hold off on eggs until age 2, and then try again.  There are enough other foods that the baby can eat, that not having eggs will not be a big issue.  Also, you may discover that having eggs in something like a cake is fine, but eggs by themself are an issue.






Finally, make sure that you tell your doctor about this, because the FLU vaccination and the MMR and Varicella vacination all have eggs in them.  I don't give the FLU to my son, but I do give the MMR and Varicella in two visits, not at the same time.  Having the vacinations is important, but I don't want to overload my son's system.






 





Just in response to this one. The Flu shot doesn't actually have eggs IN it. It's grown in an egg embryo. The flu shot has the same chances of actually having some traces of egg in it as a product that was produced in a plant with something that has eggs in it. It's slim to none. If it's an anafalactic (or how ever you spell it lol) allergy then definitely stay away from it. My son has a terrible reaction to anything with eggs in it, he gets excema all over his entire body (literally....no part of him is left untouched), but he's had the flu vaccine without a single hint of any kind of reaction.

User - posted on 03/13/2009

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Most kids outgrow food allergies by the age of 5.  Although, I personally would not call it outgrowing as opposed to be able to handle the reaction.  My children still have reaction to their food allergies, but if they eat it once a week, their body can handle the reaction (aka they prefer the food over the reaction).



Second, where was the rash?  Take into account that if it is true allergy (as opposed to an intolerance -- medical terminology that means nothing when baby is crying), the reaction will become worse with each exposure.  If the rash was around the mouth / throat area, after three exposures it could become a very serious reaction -- calling 911 serious.



Third, if it was my child, I would hold off on eggs until age 2, and then try again.  There are enough other foods that the baby can eat, that not having eggs will not be a big issue.  Also, you may discover that having eggs in something like a cake is fine, but eggs by themself are an issue.



Finally, make sure that you tell your doctor about this, because the FLU vaccination and the MMR and Varicella vacination all have eggs in them.  I don't give the FLU to my son, but I do give the MMR and Varicella in two visits, not at the same time.  Having the vacinations is important, but I don't want to overload my son's system.



 

Abbey - posted on 03/13/2009

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My son (1 year old) Also gets a terrible head to toe rash (I mean terrible, the worst you can possibly think of) when he eats eggs, even if there's only 1 egg in something (cookies, etc.). I had him allergy tested because we couldn't figure out what it was and it came back as egg whites. Apparently my husband and my brother-in-law were both allergic to eggs when they were babies as well and they both grew out of it a few years later. I personally wouldn't sugges trying every 2 weeks, only because my son reacts so badly I wouldn't want to do that to him. It's not that difficult to stay away from eggs. I'll probably try my son on eggs again in 6 months or more.

Belynder - posted on 03/13/2009

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Quoting Debbie:

PMossible to outgrow Food allergy?

I think my son (1 year old) has an allergy to eggs - got a rash a few hours after eating them. I have heard that it is possible to 'grow out' of food allergies...when would it be safe to reintroduce eggs into his diet?


My daughter did outgrow the egg allergy.She also developed a rash like your son.I kept giving it to her and watching the reaction,then i'd stop for a few weeks and try again.After a while,the rashes did not appear at all.

Becky - posted on 03/13/2009

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Quoting Debbie:

Possible to outgrow Food allergy?

I think my son (1 year old) has an allergy to eggs - got a rash a few hours after eating them. I have heard that it is possible to 'grow out' of food allergies...when would it be safe to reintroduce eggs into his diet?



Yes, they can outgrow food allergies, and get new ones. Just because he had a little rash doesn't necessarily mean that he's allergic, his body could just be reacting to the eggs.  Check with his doctor but I believe they tell you to try again in a month or so..

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