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Arrrggghhh, DS allergies increasing not decreasing as all Drs have promised. Anyone else have similar experience?

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TisforTiger Sat 08-Mar-14 21:09:29

DCs allergies so far: dairy, soya, wheat, egg, peanuts and all tree nuts. Also been told to avoid strawberry, kiwi, and all fish. DC is 16 months old, he's had allergies since 4 week old but not diagnoised till 6 months.

Allergy specialist has said to us that he is likely to out grow most of them. BUT we had a food challenge three weeks ago to fish, he reacted with hives, last week he reacted to either sweet potato or lentils, today he reacted to a pot of 'What no dairy' with hives all over his face.

Oh and a couple of weeks ago he accidently touched dairy and came up in hives all over body immediately.

So instead of his allergies getting better we are increasing to the list of foods to avoid!

Anyone had similar experience? Is this bad?

Auntierosemary Sat 08-Mar-14 21:25:39

Sorry no great advice but just wanted to add that a lot of the foods you mention come into the same food group - legumes. Peanuts, soya, lentils and peas are all legumes. (What no dairy yoghurts are made from pea protein.) Just thought that might help make sense of it all if you hadn't made the connection so far!
Also, could it be that your son is being exposed to more foods, as opposed to becoming more allergic? I think it is kind of like reaching a threshold of tolerance - once you have eaten a certain amount of something it can trigger an allergic reaction. Not that that makes it any easier...
My younger daughter (16 months) is allergic to dairy, soya, eggs and sesame, and she also developed a rash after eating prawns last week though I'm hoping that was just a coincidence.
I find the only way to deal with it is to try not to panic, and keep it in perspective : they will always be able to eat basic stuff (is anyone allergic to carrots?!) and there are lots of worse things they could suffer from. Having to go to the children's hospital for dietician appointments helps keep this fresh in my mind!
Sorry, I've gone all Pauline fowler.

TisforTiger Sat 08-Mar-14 22:08:23

Ha ha aunty Paulinesmile

Ironically all my DS ate for tea tonight is carrots, he loves carrots.

Yes it's important to keep it in perspective.


freefrommum Sun 09-Mar-14 16:53:50

My DS is allergic to milk wheat eggs and nuts and we were always told that due to the combination of his allergies that it was unlikely that he would outgrow all of them but they hoped he would outgrow some. His blood test results have actually got worse over time rather than better but he passed a baked egg challenge last year so there is still hope! He does still react very badly to the tiniest traces of milk, even on touch so I don't see him outgrowing that allergy for some time yet (he's 6 now). TBH I've always worked on the assumption that he won't outgrow any of them and that way if he does it's a bonus but if doesn't, well we can manage.

AllergyMums Mon 10-Mar-14 19:26:24

We're similar and we find new things for us both. Seems that, for me, too much of anything ends up giving me a rash so I have to rotate food groups etc. Things I tested as allergic to ten years ago now come out as fine, things I've eaten all my life I'm now testing as allergic to. Very Very frustrating.

We are increasingly discovering that things we thought DD didn't like, she's actually allergic too. Stuff isn't 'too spicy' - it's oral allergy syndrome and her mouth hurts! Goodbye Oregano...

TisforTiger Tue 11-Mar-14 10:44:04

allergymums - I am starting to wonder if some of the food he 'doesn't like' he actually does not like in his mouth. As sometimes he really spits it out, quite different to a toddler just going 'hmmmm I don't like this'. IYKWIM

The problem is if we knew that he was just going to get a rash we would relax and perhaps preserver with some foods but I'm just too nervous about how he will react the next time.

babybarrister Tue 11-Mar-14 12:22:12

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AllergyMums Mon 17-Mar-14 09:26:39

Its tricky because you don't want to encourage fussy eating, at the same time you don't want to risk an allergic reaction. We realised there was a problem with oregano when DD ran towards the dinner table shouting 'that looks yummy!!!!' but after one bit was complaining that it was all 'too spicy'. It was plain pasta, every veg she likes tossed in with a bit of olive oil and ... oregano. Explained why she always complained about Italian food being too spicy!

babybarrister Mon 17-Mar-14 11:59:10

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AllergyMums Mon 17-Mar-14 19:10:11

grin...oh I remember it well....

We had to turn her upside down. Clamp her head in between DH's knees, her feet held by DH with one hand while she hollered and he brushed her teeth.
Twice a day.
For six months.

Now I just wish I had a photo to embarrass her with!

babybarrister Mon 17-Mar-14 20:46:54

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greenbananas Mon 17-Mar-14 22:36:17

I have taken the line of always believing ds1 when he says he doesn't want to eat something because it makes his tummy or mouth hurt.

I do sometimes worry that I have created a fussy eater. But, then again, I want him to learn to take responsibility for what he puts on his mouth (or touches).

I well remember the tooth brushing battles we used to have. Ds is 5 years old but I still use the 0-3 toothpaste that i know is safe for him. I used to have to sit on him to brush his teeth, but he has now finally realised that toothbrushing is non-negotiable grin (can't think of anything else I would be this pushy about, don't care about bedtimes, sleeping in clothes, going to supermarket dressed as batman, having felt-tip pen on face. .)

TisforTiger Thu 20-Mar-14 22:06:00

green my 3 yo knows the two things there are absolutely no negotions with are brushing teeth and car seat!

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