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tummy bug or food intolerance/allergy?

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greenbananas Tue 26-Mar-13 10:31:00

DS is 4 and has diagnosed allergies to milk, eggs, nuts, peanuts, sesame, banana, peas, lentils, chick peas, white beans and coconut and also reacts to a number of other foods he hasn't been tested for (e.g. kiwi, melon, onions, possibly chicken).

The tests also showed that he is allergic to wheat and soya. Bizarrely, he tolerates a fair amount of both wheat and soya in his diet most of the time, but he 'goes off' them when he is poorly. In the past, the specialist has said that it's okay to keep feeding him wheat and soya when he is well, but also sensible to stop if he refuses them when he has been ill.

My problem is this: DS caught a tummy-bug 2 weeks ago and was very ill indeed. (I'm sure it was just a bug, because his friend had it too.) Since that time, he has never really recovered, and has been very weak and lethargic, not eating properly. He said he felt sick all the time. As usual, he has been refusing most wheat-related food (has been living mostly on hula hoops blush ) and on Friday a tuna/tofutti sandwich gave him hives all around his mouth. On Saturday he developed a temperature of over 40C but his temperature has been normal again since yesterday.

DS has spent all but about 3 hours of the last few days sleeping, and is getting too weak to sit up on his own. He has now started being dreadfully sick again, and can't even keep water down. I know this sounds like 'normal' childhood tummy-bug stuff, but I am getting so worried, and I do think his allergies are a complicating factor. I've called the GP surgery, and they didn't seem to be worried at all, but I feel that DS is getting worse not better.

Perhaps DS has caught another tummy-bug on top of the first one, but I am worried that he is now reacting to all the food I try to give him, and that he's going into some sort of downward spiral where he is developing intolerances to normally safe foods so can't get the energy to recover properly. The GPs seem to think I am overreacting... and perhaps I am? Maybe I am seeing everything in terms of allergy? Does anyone have any experience of this kind of thing?

Sorry this is so long!

Teachercreature Tue 26-Mar-13 15:29:27

Sounds awful! How about ringing NHS Direct instead on 111 and getting their take on it?

greenbananas Tue 26-Mar-13 17:24:35

Hi teacher. I did ring 111 this morning, as DS seemed so much worse. They said the GP would call me back within an hour, but I haven't heard from the GP all day (perhaps there is a note on DS's file saying 'paranoid mother'?)

However - DS is now sitting up smile watching cbeebies, drinking water slowly and has even kept six mouthfuls of wheat noodles down confused (he asked for them!), so I guess I was overreacting after all smile smile

Teachercreature Tue 26-Mar-13 18:12:30

Well with all those allergies who could blame you for worrying? I say better safe than sorry! Glad he is feeling better smile

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