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HabitualLurker Thu 11-Apr-13 07:17:57

We're weaning our 6mo at the moment and he had a reaction to scrambled egg yesterday which alarmed us a bit!

He's had omelette once before, but come to think of it didn't really seem keen and I'm not sure he ate any. This time I helped him to eat the scrambled egg and ended up piling it up in front of him so that he could help himself play with it.

He was pretty unenthusiastic and after about 10 minutes I noticed that his face was going quite red. I picked him up and he was desperately trying to rub his chin and neck on my sholder. His cheeks, neck and chin were very red with some raised welts and his hands also a bit red too. We popped him in the bath and rinsed the affected areas and he was back to normal within about 40 minutes.

I'm assuming this was a reaction to the egg since it's a relatively common alergen and obviously I'm going to go to the GP about this - but I wondered if anyone has experiences of reactions like this in their kids?

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 11-Apr-13 09:29:43

I'd take him to the GP habitual. Sorry this has happened, here's what allergy uk says about it.

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Thu 11-Apr-13 09:32:34

Oh bless him!
Some of his future jabs are grown on eggs so you need to get this properly checked and documented to stop any future problems.
To the gp.

amidaiwish Thu 11-Apr-13 09:36:31

Yes DD2 had this
First time she had egg didn't seem to like it and spat most of it out
I tried again a few months later and then she had hives
I was out and about when I saw them and went to the chemist, he was alarmed, gave her a big spoon of piriton (even though under 1 year) and told me to see GP ASAP and no more egg.
GP said that sequence is a typical allergic reaction and next time could be more serious (anaphylactic) so no eggs. Had allergy test at hospital, showed reaction to egg but her blood was clear of allergens so the specialist said she wasn't an "allergic" child, she would grow out of it, her reaction unlikely to be anaphylactic and no need for an epipen as easy enough to avoid. We only ever avoided scrambled, boiled egg, she'd had plenty of cakes etc with egg and had been fine.
She had first MMr in hospital (incase of a reaction, none)
She grew out of it by about age 4 (maybe before but I gave her egg to try at doctor's suggestion with piriton handy and no reaction.


amidaiwish Thu 11-Apr-13 09:38:46

Looking at jilted's link, DD2 was fine with well cooked egg.

tazzle Thu 11-Apr-13 09:44:43 before any more imo. One of my DC very allergic and went red, then pale and came out in hives. Rushed her to gp as only few hundred yards away and got anti histamine. Had to be aware for quite a while of what other food had egg in them too.

Hope your DS feeling better now...must been very unpleasant for him.

HabitualLurker Thu 11-Apr-13 10:22:15

Thanks everyone!

Definitely to the GP for us. I didn't quite get to the stage of panic, but I was pretty worried for a bit - obviously my first thought was bollocks what if this is anaphylactic? He did seem pretty distressed, poor thing, but once the redness went away he was back to his usual chirpy self.

amidaiwish I'm glad to hear cakes were ok for your daugther - 'eek no cake?' was one of thoughts going through my head last night. Haha, shows where my food priorities lie... wink

I'll go an make an appointment asap.

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 11-Apr-13 16:21:04

Yes cake has to be a priority doesn't it grin

If its any help I vomited copiously on milk till I was an adult, strangely eating butter and milk in cakes was ok smile

EMUZ Fri 12-Apr-13 01:23:02

If its any help I was anaphylactic to egg, my mum breast fed me after eating eggs and I went blue and stopped breathing. Happened again after she had chicken Kiev (egg in breadcrumbs). She curses me for 9 months of plain eating and no omelettes (which she loves!)
I didn't have my MMR as they advised due to it being grown in egg and my history of reaction. Now much older and I have no problems at all with any egg or egg products. Have oddly developed mild intolerance to pineapple though but that's only to fresh stuff so easily avoided
Although to be fair I was the worlds hardest baby (she suspected I was dairy intolerant as well due to me screaming constantly every time she ate dairy) grin

HabitualLurker Thu 16-May-13 17:43:10

Thanks to everyone who advised me on this - and an update in case it's of any use to someone in the future!

I went to my GP a few weeks after posting this, whereupon the doc assured me that "it's only nuts that induce an anaphalactic reaction" hmm and that it was probably just some kind of skin irritation. I came away with a prescription for doublebase. Double hmm. Ok, he does have some mild patches of excema on his face and body, but this was most definitely not that!

About a week after this I tested again (just to reassure myself that I hadn't imagined the whole thing - bloomin' GP had me doubting myself by this stage) by rubbing a bit of scrambled egg on his arm, and that patch of skin reacted immediately.

I managed to get an appointment with another GP this week, who turned out to be a student and actually listened properly to what I had to say. After consulting with the senior practice GP she came back to tell me that as luck would have it said GP had just been on an allergy course and it's actually possible to have an external reaction with no gut reaction. So, it's not neccessarily all doom and gloom. The advice was to avoid egg for another few months and after that I could try feeding him a small amount again (armed with the Piriton prescription she's given me) or come in to be referred to the allergy clinic.

It's irritating that GP care is so variable, but at least I'm getting somewhere now!

Thanks again all.

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