food allergies

Jennifer - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my 9 year old son is allergic to almost everything . As it is he doesn't eat that many foods and the ones he does eat he is allergic to. I've been going to whole foods and sun harvest market and I've been surfing the web but I cannot find the basics like bread with allergies likepeanut, sunflower yeast , soy, egg, buckwheat and it goes on and on any suggestions? On a positive note I did find some cereal he could have.

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Amber - posted on 10/26/2009

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Quoting Anita:

How do you all get tested to see if you have a food allergie or intolerence. Did you request a special blood test or something. Were the children sick when they ate certain foods. My daughter has a mild case of Autism/ADHD and i went to the doctor to see about yeast intolerance, but he just said that because I had differnt symtoms that they did not lead to one specific thing. Trying to figure out what my daughter eats and putting into problems is difficult. My daughter has only been sick (thorwn up ) once she is a very good sleeper, very picy eater. I have tried counting back on the sugar consuption, yeast products, and things that have dyes red 40 yellow, blue etc. Any feedback to help me figure out if it could be food intolerance would be great.



We have been seeing an allergist as well since my son was a baby, he had problems from the beginning.  They did the skin test as well. He is 8 in two weeks and still the exzema is horrible!!!  We've had the hardest time keeping him healthy.  If it was allergies, you would know it, hives, rashes, diarrea, swelling of throat, lightheadedness, vomitting.   Why do you think your child has allergies?

LeeAnn - posted on 10/23/2009

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Quoting Anita:

How do you all get tested to see if you have a food allergie or intolerence. Did you request a special blood test or something. Were the children sick when they ate certain foods. My daughter has a mild case of Autism/ADHD and i went to the doctor to see about yeast intolerance, but he just said that because I had differnt symtoms that they did not lead to one specific thing. Trying to figure out what my daughter eats and putting into problems is difficult. My daughter has only been sick (thorwn up ) once she is a very good sleeper, very picy eater. I have tried counting back on the sugar consuption, yeast products, and things that have dyes red 40 yellow, blue etc. Any feedback to help me figure out if it could be food intolerance would be great.



Anita, in the case of my daughter, she has had trouble with milk since infancy.  When my milk dried up, and she had to go on formula, it was awful!  We eventually had to put her on Nutramigen, because she would break out in hives, have severe diarrhea, and vomiting/GERD.  After she turned a year old, we tried whole milk. the same thing, tried Lactaid, same story, so she had to go back on Nutramigen.  After her 14 month checkup, and enrollment in a DDS daycare center for her therapies, we put her on milk, but a very limited amount.  The vomiting was better, but her eczema got really bad, and severe diarrhea again.  We tried Pediasure shakes.  Now we are using DariFree, and it has completely changed everything!  She actually has "big girl poopies" now, instead of awful diarrhea all the time.  If she consumes anything with dairy, it's back to the beginning.  I had her PCP refer us to an allergist, who performed a skin test to see what she was reacting to.  They have you fill out a lot of paperwork, ask you a lot of questions, and what you think could be problem areas.  The test isn't pleasant, and they have to be very still, and not rub the test sites, because they will have to repeat it.  They wait a certain amount of time, and then read the results.  Based on the type and size of reaction, they determine if it is an intolerance, or allergy.  You then usually do a trial diet if it is "fuzzy" to determine the amount, if any they can have of that particular food.  It takes a while to get the full result, but well worth it!  Hope this helps!

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How do you all get tested to see if you have a food allergie or intolerence. Did you request a special blood test or something. Were the children sick when they ate certain foods. My daughter has a mild case of Autism/ADHD and i went to the doctor to see about yeast intolerance, but he just said that because I had differnt symtoms that they did not lead to one specific thing. Trying to figure out what my daughter eats and putting into problems is difficult. My daughter has only been sick (thorwn up ) once she is a very good sleeper, very picy eater. I have tried counting back on the sugar consuption, yeast products, and things that have dyes red 40 yellow, blue etc. Any feedback to help me figure out if it could be food intolerance would be great.

LeeAnn - posted on 10/23/2009

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My daughter also has food allergies: milk eggs and soy, and then she is also allergic to mold mixes, and tree mixes. I have to special order a milk substitute from a health food store. My duaghter drinks DariFree. It is a potato starch based product, and she does very well with it. It is made by Vance's foods, and is Gluten, Casein, Fat, Soy, Rice, MSG, Protien, and Cholesterol free. It comes in original, strawberry, and chocolate flavored. I also visited a website that might be able to help you, it is www.edwardsandsons.com they have vegan, and organic foods, as well as foods for people with allergies. You can also call 805-684-8500 Hope this helps you some. I know it gets frustrating, and you have it worse than we do, hope he get's better!

Jennifer - posted on 10/22/2009

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thanks. We were just tested this month I got the report two weeks ago. They didn't give a percentage just highly reactive and mild. We are taking everything out. My husband and I spent several hours reading labels at whole foods. we are allergice to catfish, egg, mustard, apricot, avocado, blueberry, buckwheat, carob, raspberry, swt potatoes, yeast mix, peanut, pecan, soy, scallops, shrimp an it seems soy is in everyting. His weight is for the first time good. This summer he was put on celexa and he gained some weight and so far so good he still has it. but he has always been very skinny.

Amber - posted on 10/22/2009

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I've been going through the same w/ my 8year old his whole life-peanut, milk, beef, egg, cottonseed. Thank god he grew out of soy. When was he last tested? My son was 175% allergic two years ago and is now 60% allergic to all but peanut and 120% to that. We read ingredients on everything! You can use tofu instead of cheese,if there is milk allergy. Try to find spelt bread-thats what we had to get when he was allergic to gluten. Try http://foodallergy.org/recipes.html, http://www.cookingallergyfree.com. Also talk to a certified nutritionist- Most insurances pay for this for kids with allergies. How's his weight? We have the hardest time putting weight on my little guy-it doesnt help he stays full of energy!

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