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Food Challenges - Milk

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hackster Sun 28-Oct-12 00:20:47

We have an appointment for DD for a food challenge, not sure what to expect. I am also worried as the food they have asked me to bring doesn't even exist. I am not the best cook either!
My DD's allergy makes her start to itch even just being in pizza hut. They have asked for me to bring a malted milk biscuit? As she is also allergic to egg and wheat, it needs to be free from these. Anybody have a clue as to what I could make or buy?

Clara35 Sun 28-Oct-12 22:44:03

We went in February for milk challenge for ds. Our hospital tested with milk starting with 10mls & worked up to 120mls. I thought they would never get ds to drink it but they mixed with strawberry nesquik & he loved it! Have heard of others that had to try milk baked first. Good luck xo

MegMogAndOwl Mon 29-Oct-12 06:51:32

I've not experienced a food challenge with my dd yet so can't give you any advice about what will actually happen.

I guess they're asking you to bring some food that's got a small amount of baked milk in. What about TruFree custard creams, they're wheat free but have milk in. Or cheese oatcakes, Nairns I think do wheat free ones.

I hope it goes well for you. smile

babybarrister Mon 29-Oct-12 09:00:01

they should have provided you with a recipe if your DD cannot eat the recommended biscuit as they need to know how much has been ingested ....hmm. We have been for 4 challenges and have either been given a recipe [for the baked egg] or they knew exactly what DS was getting. They should be used to multiple allergies and so presumably are not going to be surprised that there is another reason why your DD cannot eat those biscuits

I would recommend contacting them and if you do not get a sensible response then contacting the Anaphylaxis Campaign as they may have some ideas ....

freefrommum Mon 29-Oct-12 19:57:40

Good advice from babybarrister as usual. This is in fact an issue I worry about for the future as I don't know what we will be able to use for DS to try during baked egg challenge given that he can't have milk or wheat either. Hadn't thought of being given a specific recipe. Given my cooking skills, that could be interesting! grin

garliclover Wed 21-Nov-12 20:06:12

hackster, when is your DD's milk challenge? My DS's is tomorrow and we have exactly the same problem. The nurse told us to bring something in ourselves, as we would be in a better position to know what to buy. Worrying to think that if I hadn't taken the initiative they would never have taken all his other allergies into account! Anyway, we bought Dairy Milk buttons, Sunstart Freefrom Caramel Shortcake Slices and Glutafin Biscotti. I have no idea whether these are suitable but can't think of anything better. The complete lack of organisation and communication surrounding this challenge has been mind-boggling. Anyway, let us know how it goes and maybe we can swap notes. Good luck!

casabevron Wed 21-Nov-12 20:50:53

Sorry, no useful advice, but spotted this and wanted to wish you and your ds good luck for tomorrow, garliclover. Fingers crossed for a positive outcome!

mamij Wed 21-Nov-12 20:54:19

Oh. I didn't realise you have to being your own food for food challenges.

DD1 had prick tests (I know these aren't 100% accurate), but DD2 might be having food challenges (we have moved and have changed paediatricians).

MayfairMummy Thu 22-Nov-12 03:40:00

Tesco and sainsburys do malted milk biscuits in their own ranges... but they're made with wheat. Sounds mad to ask you to bring one along, given the wheat allergy... <wanders off, shaking her head and tutting>...

freefrommum Thu 22-Nov-12 09:44:40

mamij you don't always have to bring in your own food, it tends to only be if your child has multiple allergies and the hospital thinks it might be easier for you to source something suitable. My DS has a wheat challenge a couple of years ago and the hospital made sure they bought some bread that contained wheat but not his other allergens (milk & egg). I think it will be harder when he has to do a baked milk or egg challenge as the foods they usually use for this all contain wheat so I'm guessing we'll have to find something ourselves when the time comes confused.

garliclover really hope the challenge goes well - good luck!

garliclover Fri 23-Nov-12 06:52:40

If it's any help for those with allergies to wheat and egg as well as milk, the Glutafin biscotti seemed a good replacement for malted milk biscuits. Though I was a bit worried about one of the ingredients, 'concentrated whey protein' and would have been happier if they'd chosen to give him something else. Anyway, the challenge didn't work -- DS reacted with hives, mouth and throat itching and a puffy eye to the first quarter of a biscuit. sad. thanks for your messages, casa and freefrom!

freefrommum Fri 23-Nov-12 11:50:29

Bummer, sorry to hear that garliclover sad. I know how hard it is when a food challenge goes wrong. You get your hopes up and then end up feeling like you've just deliberately made your child ill, not pleasant. However, it is an important step and I've read plenty of good stories on here about successful food challenges and children outgrowing their allergies so I'm trying to stay positive and look to the future!

casabevron Fri 23-Nov-12 12:42:48

Sorry to hear that garliclover sad.

babybarrister Fri 23-Nov-12 13:25:24

bummer garliclover ....

garliclover Sat 24-Nov-12 21:30:56

thanks for the sympathy! smile

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