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7.5month old referred for allergy testing - what to do in meantime

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newbiemumzee Tue 22-Jul-08 00:49:11

my dd is 7.5months old and has an appointment to see the allergist in September. She has quite bad eczema and reacted to formula, so now on Neocate. She's also weaning but only had fruit, veg and chicken so far, Question is, do I keep her off all potentially allergic foods until then? Dairy, eggs, fish, even soya???
Any advice appreciated as I'm really not sure what to do.

hellish Tue 22-Jul-08 04:03:17

I haven't been in your situation but my dd2 had an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts when she was 4 - she had never had nuts before.

If I were you , i would keep her ways from peanuts / nuts until you have had the tests. The reason being that each time kids are exposed to an allergen, the severity of the allergy can increase. Also if she is allergic to nuts, keeping her away from them will increase her chances of growing out of the allergy.

This may not be true for other allergies - I have only researched on nuts.

tatt Tue 22-Jul-08 04:41:47

if she was mine I'd avoid soya and dairy but would introduce other foods slowly and one at a time starting with low allergenic things like rice and lamb. Also add some baby probiotics (dairy free, obviously - probably have to find them online, maybe Holland & Barrett) into her diet as there is good evidence they help with eczema.

wb Tue 22-Jul-08 09:27:48

I second tatt. Am currently doing low allergy weaning w. ds2 as ds1 has allergies. That means I am avoiding tomatoes, wheat, fish and soya until 8 months, no egg until 10 mo, with no dairy, citrus, sesame or strawberries til 1 year. And no nuts or kiwi at all until age 5 (ds1 is allergic to peanuts and half the family are allergic to kiwi).

If you don't fancy this type of regime, I would recommend avoiding nuts, sesame and obviously dairy until testing

wb Tue 22-Jul-08 09:28:59

I should add, I don't know that this will ultimately make any difference but if ds2 does develop allergies I'll at least know I've done what I can.

newbiemumzee Thu 24-Jul-08 23:45:41

Thanks for all the comments, have been doing low allergy weaning so far and think that I'll stick to that until the tests. Most of the time I make her food from scratch and if I do buy premade stuff I always study the labels though there's not much she can have anyway (there for ages, must think I'm shoplifting lol).
I didn't know that citrus was allergenic though?
Feel sorry for dd sometimes, all her pals of the same age are having their yogurt, custards and rusks and she has her rice cakes and fruit.

savoycabbage Fri 25-Jul-08 18:24:42

we were told to avoid as the best way to get our dd to outgrow her peanut allergy. And we were told to give her probiotics too.

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