Allergic Reaction from something I ate?

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My daughter had an allergic reaction to something and the only thing new was a sleeper which I had washed before she wore it and I had eaten crab legs for dinner. She didn't get the rash until the next morning.



Any ideas?

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Maegan - posted on 09/06/2009

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My son is very sensitive to what I ate. I would think since there are many people sensitive to sea food it could very well be that.

Sani - posted on 09/06/2009

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Allison,

Epi Pen is a real hustle as you have to check it every month if not week that the liquid is clear and you have to renew it every year as its valid only for that perioid, that little life saver can be a real pain :P

But if needed, then its worth every little inspection yo have to make....



I think your wee man will be okay and hopefully not sensitive to milk when he gets bigger ( or even now ). you seem to have done your homework so you guys are just fine, your little man is a real lucky boy to have such a mom :)



But your Doc and hes "I've got experience and I've seen all of those kids grow out of it" that winds me up as then that Doc is not very experienced at all, as milk allergy is just way too common for one not to have seen some one not to grow out of it by one :P

lol.



Take care and hi 5 to the little one :)

Allison - posted on 09/06/2009

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Thank you for your help. I haven't given him anything with milk in it at all. I don't dare to. When he was 2 months he reacted and got just a bad rash on his face from the milk that i was eating because i am breast feeding. The dr told me he has alot of patients that have had the same thing and it's just a sensitivity to the protein in milk and they all grew out of it by the time they were one. He thinks my boy is going to do the same thing. He says it's very unlikely that he be allergic to it if neither one of us are. So i am just paranoid about it because i dont want anything scary to happen. I am not even going to try anything with milk in it until he is one. But at that point im still going to be scared. I'm not sure if i should just take him to an allergist or just try to put a dab on his skin and see if he reacts. I dunno. I have heard babies with milk allergies if they even touch if will break out in hives. So i think i am just going to try a little skin test when that time comes. I kinda don't think he is allergic mainly because. the past few months now that he is getting older. (8month) I have introduced alot of milks and cheeses back into my diet and he has reacted at all. Not a single rash. So rather than go through the whole allergy testing i think i may just try a little skin test and c what happens. The dr said that'd be fine and he said he'd even prescribe an epi pen if i was that worried about it. But he thinks im crazy lol. Thank you for your help

Sani - posted on 09/06/2009

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Hi Allison and all :)



My GP ( general practitioner/ doctor ) told me all along that my baby has MILD eczema, I was sleeping with tub of lotion in my bed with other eye open just to apply lotion on babys skin when she regained any sense of consciousness as the only thing she did was scratch and scratch...... So in about two weeks we went from 12hours of sleep with 2 feeds at night to 12hours of "sleep" with 6 feeds and about 10 lotionings a night..

And my GP was still giving me just the standard bath emmolients and basic cream so when she had the shock ( 1 baby spoonful of petit filous youghurt, recommended/allowed from about 4-6months old ) at 6mnths, how ever horrible it was and how close we came to loose her I thank God that we got to know what was "wrong" ( she swell up in minute. Started with her lips, even though I think by this time her tongue was already swollen but hadn't "popped" out of her mouth yet, then her neck and eyes etc etc. we got ambulance here in 4minutes and were in hospital in 10mins from the onset. By this time she had already gone unconciouss even though she had been given 2 shots of adrenalin in 5mins interval )...

And the shock when the dermatologist came to see her and recorded severe eczema and that she should have been referred to the clinic immediately when the eczema had started.......

And that day she was having a GOOD day in my standards... Still rings in my head, "don't worry it's just MILD ECZEMA she'll grow out of it", MILD ECZEMA....... No mention about possible allergies...... Really feel that my GP failed her... Made her suffer for no reason...



Now 3mnths on she have been dignosed with multiple food allergies ( milk, soya, nuts, orange, banana, potatoes, beef, lentils etc etc ) and some of the readings are as high as the milk ( top score for this is 6 and she has that with milk and potato )...... But every allergenic product reacts differently so where as she gets shock form milk, she "only" gets flear up from potatoes even though they "rank" on same level etc etc....



Oh, this is so therapeutic, sorry the long post.....



If your GP won't listen to you...the next time there's reaction ( even just rash/rashes ) take your son to the A&E and say that you gave him little milk and he reacted, hospitals are more likely to reffer you to specialist ( dietitian and/or dermatologist than your GP, that is if you're in the UK ;)



And what comes to the Doc, he needs to be reminded that every human beign is different, case suddies just a refference and guide, intolerance would cause red bottom and winds and allergies can give you just that ONE symptom.. 85% of children with milk allergies grow out of it by the age of 5 and 10% will remain allergic thru out their lives ( some grow to have just mild reactions even though they had shocks as children and so one and s forth )... 90% of Children with eczema grow out by they are adolescent ) But like I said these are just guides and refrencess and might not include your child :)



You can do skin test and if he doesn't react on the skin ( example you test on his arm NOT on the face ) and then you can just brush his lip ( outside of it ) with teeny weeny amount of milk and if no reaction is parent you can touch the inside of his lip with the milk once again just a little less than a drop...... And thats how you move slowly forward.... But I wouldn't try anything B4 the age of 1yrs.... Why I dont know but the old recomendation for introduction of milk ( fresh milk, not powder like formulas ) was 1yrs+....



Hope I didn't go on and on too much but feel a little passionate about this as the memory of what happend is still little too fresh and yeps we still flare up but are much better :)



Take care

Allison - posted on 09/02/2009

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Ya i kinda want to do that but how do you get them to hold still that long lol. i have had it done before and i cant imagine how to get him still that long. They weren't really hives. It was like the exzema rash that drs always claim babies get. His face was just RED RED and liek a rash not big hives or anything. And he only broke out on his face. Then once the rash started to heal all the skin that was rashed peeled off. It was so pathetic.

Allison - posted on 09/02/2009

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Quoting Chelsea:

I would suggest asking for a referral for an allergist. They are the ones who are experts in the field and can tell you everything you need to know. They can do some tests to see if it's an allergy or a sensitivity. I am a little confused by your pediatrician saying it will most likely be outgrown by age 1. That is not the case at all. I am going through this with my daughter and milk used to be outgrown by 5 but there have been an increase in cases of children who continue to be allergic after age 5. 1 is not the age that allergies are outgrown to milk protein in most cases.


How did you learn your daughter was allergic? Obviously she must have been to an allergist but what were her signs that made you do so?

Chelseaszidik - posted on 09/02/2009

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The reaction does sound like an allergic reaction to me. Were there hives? If so than it was most definitely what is considered an 'allergic reaction'. It is hard to get proper information on food allergies which is why I said what I said about going to an allergist. I was told by the allergist 2 weeks ago that some of the things a handful of doctors my daughter has seen in the E.R. and at her pediatricians practice were misleading and at times flat out wrong. Pediatricians do not study food allergies in depth enough and I urge you to get a second opinion from a specialist if for no other reason than piece of mind. My daughter has a skin test done for allergies 2 weeks ago and it wasn't bad at all. It's a wonderful way to get a better idea for if he has a milk allergy or not.

Allison - posted on 09/02/2009

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Well he is NOT allergic is what the dr says. He says its a milk INTOLERANCE. He has several other kids in his practice that have the same sensitivity to milk and they grew out of it by the time they were one and were never allergic to it. I am the one that is nervous that he MAY BE ALLERGIC. mainly because my sisters son is and he almost died when he was 2 months old cuz of it. At this point though my sons dr doesnt think it is anything to worry about he believes from experience and what he has studied on it that his signs are just a milk senstivity. If he was allergic than there would be other stuff going on. But yes like you said most allergies you dont grow out of until the age of 5 if you do. I know this. But at this point they refuse to think he is allergic i am just nervous because i dont want anything scary to happen.

Chelseaszidik - posted on 09/02/2009

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I would suggest asking for a referral for an allergist. They are the ones who are experts in the field and can tell you everything you need to know. They can do some tests to see if it's an allergy or a sensitivity. I am a little confused by your pediatrician saying it will most likely be outgrown by age 1. That is not the case at all. I am going through this with my daughter and milk used to be outgrown by 5 but there have been an increase in cases of children who continue to be allergic after age 5. 1 is not the age that allergies are outgrown to milk protein in most cases.

Allison - posted on 09/02/2009

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Quoting Sani:

Very possible to have an reaction to something you ate..... My little one started to have eczema at 4months old and had an anafylactic shock that almost took her life at 6months, after first direct contact to cows milk....... Its only then that I realised that the cheese, milk, yoghurts and other dairy that I had been eating ( my prevention to osteoporosis as I grow older ) was causing the eczema ( also etc. banana, orange, peanut butter have caused an reaction on her skin, often the next day or 8-12hrs after me consuming them ).......

Avoid crabs for 2weeks and then try again see what happens.... And if the rash continues even without the crab, stop using conditioner on your babys clothes when you wash them and only use non-bio soap on the clothes.... Dont use soaps/babywash on your babys skin ( or if you do make sure you wash it all off ) but wash her with lotions ment for this purpose.......


Hi sani, i am very interested in knowing just because i have the same kind of problem with my son and i am very nervous about it. When you say your daughter went into shock when she came in contact with milk. What was the contact? did it touch her skin or did she eat it? Im just curious cuz his dr thinks that he is just sensitive to the protein and that he will grow out of it by the time he is one. I am concerned that he may be allergic to it. But i am wondering if when the time comes to give it to him isf i can kinda do my own test and put some on his skin and see if he breaks out to find out if he is allergic that way. My sisters son is allergic to it and everything else in the book and she cant even touch butter and wipe it off and touch him or he swells up. So i'm kinda hoping i can just do a little skin test like that rather than feed it to him and have something horribly scary happen????

Allison - posted on 09/02/2009

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My son also has the same problem with milk. He has a sensitivity to the protein found in milk. We discovered it when he was 2 months old. He got a Horrible rash all over his face and them the skin just started to peel off. His dr immediately knew what it was. I stopped eating any kind of dairy and within 4 days his rash was almost completely gone. It takes two weeks to get something completely out of your system. My son is 8 months now and i have steered away from anything with milk in it in the solids i give him and i have cut it out of my diet. I obviously can't substitue at all with formula becuase it is milk based so i very strictly bf. The dr said he will probably grow out of it by the time he is one. I am hoping so because i am very scared to try milk when he is one in case he is allergic to it.

Sani - posted on 09/02/2009

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Very possible to have an reaction to something you ate..... My little one started to have eczema at 4months old and had an anafylactic shock that almost took her life at 6months, after first direct contact to cows milk....... Its only then that I realised that the cheese, milk, yoghurts and other dairy that I had been eating ( my prevention to osteoporosis as I grow older ) was causing the eczema ( also etc. banana, orange, peanut butter have caused an reaction on her skin, often the next day or 8-12hrs after me consuming them ).......



Avoid crabs for 2weeks and then try again see what happens.... And if the rash continues even without the crab, stop using conditioner on your babys clothes when you wash them and only use non-bio soap on the clothes.... Dont use soaps/babywash on your babys skin ( or if you do make sure you wash it all off ) but wash her with lotions ment for this purpose.......

Beki - posted on 09/02/2009

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What kind of rash was it? and where was it located? We have dealt with our share of skin and food sensitivities in my house and not all rashes are created equal.

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