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when did your child grow oyt of their allergies?

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whyareallthegoodnicknamestaken Wed 21-Jan-15 20:18:18

Ds had a cmp and egg allergy that we know of. He's due to have allergy tests next week. He's 19 months now, just wondering if/when your child outgrew theirs.

whyareallthegoodnicknamestaken Wed 21-Jan-15 20:19:14

Sorry for the typo in the thread title, my fingers are too fat for this phone grin

melonribena Wed 21-Jan-15 20:29:33

Ds was diagnosed with cmp allergy and egg allergy at 12 mths old.

When he was 24mths after following the milk and egg introduction programme he was tested again and found to have grown out of them.

May09Bump Wed 21-Jan-15 20:33:29

My DS grew out of wheat and soy by 4yrs old. Still has eggs, dairy and nuts at 5yrs old - they have told us that he will probably have them for life now.

whyareallthegoodnicknamestaken Wed 21-Jan-15 20:53:35

Sorry to hear that May, it can be a bit if a mindfeild trying to think up meals can't it?
Ds has other possible allergies to fish, pork, tomatoes and nuts but we've eliminated them until he has his tests.
What's the milk and egg introduction programme if you don't mind explaining melonribena?

melonribena Wed 21-Jan-15 22:27:33

It came from our dietician.

We began with a tiny crumb 1/16 of a malted milk biscuit every day, gradually enlargening it over a 3 mth period, until he could have a whole malted milk every day.

If he reacted with hives,we stopped at that point for a week or two.

We then tried baked milk incakes etc, then the tiniest scrape of butter, a grate of cheese, lick of ice Cream and gradually built it up until ds could haveconfused a cup of cows milk before bed.

Im sorry if I've not explained it well. If you contact your dietician I'm sure they can let you have a copy. The egg introduction programme was followed after the completion of the milk one

whyareallthegoodnicknamestaken Wed 21-Jan-15 22:50:57

Thanks melon, you explained it perfectly smile probably something we will have to look into after we get the results from his allergy tests.

Anacoreta Wed 21-Jan-15 23:05:35

I wouldn't say DS has grown out of his allergies, they have just changed. He can have dairy nowadays, but if it has it often, his asthma gets worse while before he used to get constipated and bad eczema. He can have soya now but never if it has been fried, he could eat eggs and bread before his tests shown he was allergic, after 8 years of a controlled diet he gets very sick if he accidentally gets something with egg. He can eat gluten now but it makes him hyper, which it didn't in the past.

One thing is true though, there is not a fully reliable test, so even if the test says something (or not), your best friend is a food diary.

melonribena Wed 21-Jan-15 23:06:20

Definitely! If you get positive results, I would request a dietician referral even if they don't offer.

When ds had his first allergy testing, I asked for him to be tested for shellfish, peanuts etc as well as egg and milk. Useful to know!

Feel free to pm me if you fancy a chat. I've been through it!

Anacoreta Thu 22-Jan-15 06:28:48

Definitively ask for a referral to a dietitian, as it is difficult to remove some allergens without risking your child health especially when they are young and the diet is not very varied.

In terms of keeping them well, the trick is to ensure 2-3 portions of protein a day, 5 portions of vegetables or fruits (mostly vegetables, the fruit do not contribute much, and much less so if they are juice). A portion is the size of their fists. Calcium is very important, so it is important to have cheese, milk or yoghurt at least twice a day (if allergic to dairy, lots of broccoli is the key).

And most importantly, cook the same for the same family, otherwise the poor kids end up having "watered down" versions of whatever you may be having ( and watch out what the nursery is up to, if he goes to one, as there are fantastic ones that cook good healthy meals for allergic children, and many others who think that cater for allergies mean keeping your child on bread and water).

whyareallthegoodnicknamestaken Thu 22-Jan-15 21:20:49

Thanks melon, I think I will ask for the nut allergy test if they will do it as I'd just like to know for piece of mind, will let you know how we get on with allergy tests smile.
Anacoreta ds eats really well despite his allergies and probably does get most of what you mentioned most days (when he's not rubbing it in his hair or throwing it on the floor grin) will ask to be referred to a dietician though as you can never have enough good advice. Thank you.

melonribena Thu 22-Jan-15 22:24:45

Good luck!!

rogueelement Fri 23-Jan-15 17:44:18

DD (13) is unlikely to grow out of her egg allergy now, but apparently that's very unusual. We think she's grown out of her kiwi allergy but it's not really worth trying!

whyareallthegoodnicknamestaken Fri 23-Jan-15 22:36:37

Thanks rouge, did she have any other allergies or just the egg and kiwi?

Anacoreta Sat 24-Jan-15 00:40:50

Yes, my son eats very well too, we were very much into good food and DS had a very varied diet, obviously nothing prepared me for the shock of having to change our diet completely to accommodate for DS allergies (egg, soya, dairy, fish, nuts, peanuts, sesame, kiwi, shell fish, bananas, tomatoes, and wheat).

I have learned a lot about how ingredients interact chemically with each other just trying to get a cake to raise (and this extended to all of his food). We did quite a lot of research to ensure he continued having a healthy variety of foods, it was a lot of work but it was well worth it, DS was a different child a few weeks after the allergens were removed from his diet.

Fingers crossed he is not allergic, but if he is, mumsnet has been a god send in terms of tips, recipes, and support. I hope you find it as useful as I have. smile

IHeartKingThistle Sat 24-Jan-15 01:09:54

It hadn't occurred to me that I could get DS retested! He's 5!

That said, we really thought he was starting to grow out of them simply because his skin is so much better (he only has skin reactions). But then I did a whole load of baking one day - I made some biscuits with nuts in, then made some Rocky Road without nuts. He ate a Rocky Road and reacted because I'd forgotten to wash up the scales in between weighing the nuts for the biscuits and the chocolate for the Rocky Road. I was gutted.

I wonder if there's a nut/seed introduction programme and if he'd be a good candidate? He's only allergic to 3 nuts and sesame.

Sorry to muse on your thread grin

rogueelement Sat 24-Jan-15 11:48:28

She's allergic to nuts/peanuts, egg, prawns and kiwi; and sensitive to tomato, orange and melon (lips get irritated and eczema flares up). When last tested, kiwi seemed to have dropped out. But her egg allergy has changed over the years from vomiting to anaphylaxis which wasn't so good. Pretty unusual I gather.

Not allergic to dairy, sesame or wheat so that's all good smile

melonribena Sun 25-Jan-15 19:56:05

Iheart, what is your ds allergic to? Obviously nuts, but anything else?

IHeartKingThistle Sun 25-Jan-15 22:26:30

3 kinds of nuts - peanuts, cashews, pistachios. Sesame. And lentils. Lentils! He's also had a reaction to cake mix so I assume he's allergic to raw egg, though he can eat cooked egg with no problems.

The reactions (this far!) are mild - redness round the mouth and occasionally his eyes. He sort of starts grabbing at his face absent-mindedly and you can tell - the pistachio one was the first in absolutely ages though. Piriton works on them really quickly. The problem is that a reaction invariably triggers a fortnight of eczema flare-up. The eczema is largely under control too but he probably has a bad flare up once or twice a year now.

melonribena Mon 26-Jan-15 07:28:48

That sounds very similar to my ds, in terms of reaction, though ds was allergic to all egg and milk.

I would definitely push for a retest. I'm no expert but im sure I was told they are more likely to grow out of allergies if there is a milder (not anaphalaxis) reaction

whyareallthegoodnicknamestaken Tue 27-Jan-15 17:03:35

Ds tested negative for most allergens he was tested for including nuts,peanuts , fish and milk!! Still got an egg allergy and will be retested in 18 months. Couldn't be happier. He's on the malted milk biscuit introduction diet. So pleased. Thanks everyone.

Anacoreta Tue 27-Jan-15 17:31:07

Fantastic news that is only egg. It is an easy to avoid allergen, some little adjustments and is perfectly manageable.

Iheart... There has been a peanut allergy treatment trial for a few years in Cambridge. The results are very encouraging but it is not something that can be tried at home and much less away from the hospital.

Chances are that he may outgrow his nut/sesame allergy in puberty, provided that he outgrows his egg allergy before he is 3 or 5 (i can't remember, is such a long time, but I'm sure it can be googled).

DS can't have lentils (ir any legume either) sesame is just another nut in our book. His reactions to nuts, as it is often the case, have been escalating with every exposure, so it is important to be extra careful but above all, to carry the epipens everywhere you go, as you never know when the thing will take a nasty turn and present itself as an anaphylaxis.
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whyareallthegoodnicknamestaken Tue 27-Jan-15 20:02:50

Thanks Anacoreta I do feel like a weight has been lifted that he might be ok with milk. It's still early days as we've still got the reintroduction process but it's a start smile milk is just in everything, egg seems easier to avoid like you said.

melonribena Tue 27-Jan-15 20:10:35

Wonderful!

My ds had great success with the milk introduction programme and then later, the egg introduction programme.

Good luck!

whyareallthegoodnicknamestaken Tue 27-Jan-15 20:36:46

Thank you smile

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