My Thoughts and Information on the Top 5 Food Allergies
This photo of my grandson just breaks my heart! My grandson was colicky as a baby and the pediatrician tested him before he was even a year old and found that he was allergic to dairy, corn, beef, chicken and pork. He had so many allergies, so young. My daughter in law with breast-feeding, but she eliminated all his allergens from her diet and continued to breast feed him and his colic got better.
But look at his face! He continued to have allergies that they didn’t find. In hind-sight my grandson should have been tested around 2-3 years of age but he seemed better except when he was exposed to dairy, even getting it on his skin he’d erupt with a horrid raised rash. So we felt he was still allergic to dairy but had outgrown all the other food allergies. My grandson was kept off of dairy products and as time passed we noticed a persistent facial rash that seemed to be getting worse over the past year along with just a pasty white complexion that worried us a bit and he was thin. He also had rash around his bottom and a rash that would come and go on his extremities and this rash would itch.
His facial rash became so severe it would crack and bleed and become flaky. His pediatrician just said he had dermatitis…YA…well to WHAT? The pediatric dermatologist he saw just gave him more steroid creams and my grandson continued to worsen.
The next step I am so thankful for. My grandson saw a naturopath for his allergies last month who did more blood testing and allergy testing, being quite convinced the root problem was an allergy to something yet unidentified.
A couple of weeks ago part of the blood work my grandson had done came back, his CBC ,which showed that definitely he was having some sort of allergic reaction. This confirmed it … but to what. This past week my grandson’s allergy blood work came back and it was a 2 edged sword. It brought the answers but confirmed he was allergic to so many food items that the naturopath said she’d never seen a test come back with so many definite allergies! We were just happy to know what to begin eliminating from his diet.
My grandson had an antibody assessment done on his blood testing types of foods. It determined if it was true allergy where anaphylaxis could occur or if it is a severe insensitivity. Either way a true allergy or insensitivity it was something that was hurting his little body. The dairy came back a true allergy, the others were severe insensitivities with range a of 1-6 with 6 being the highest…and most of his allergies were High, Very and Extremely High..4, 5 & 6. They are concentrating on eliminating Wheat, Gluten, Peanuts, Almonds, Hazelnuts, Soy, Legumes and Peas. Going Gluten-Free is a difficult thing but adding to that no soy or nuts….its a learning curve for us all. He also has so many sensitivities in class 4 which is considered HIGH and they are not even focusing on those yet.
So my advice to parents is, if your child has a rash that lasts over 4 months…go have them checked out. And if nothing seems to help by seeing a physician, I would highly recommend a naturopath.
These are the 5 most common Food Allergies:
Nuts: Nuts are one of the allergies children do not usually outgrow. Here is a great resource for someone who has nut allergies, it is a lunch box cards about nut allergies that you can print off.
Dairy: Most people think of only milk…but anything with whey or casein is dairy.
Eggs: This is a common childhood allergy that can be outgrown. And there are many products to use in place of eggs when baking.
Fish/Shellfish: My grandson thankfully is not allergic to fish, which is a staple in our diet here in Alaska, being wild…not farmed fish.
Wheat: This now is affecting up to 6% of children under 3 where they cannot digest wheat and other glutens. My grandson is 4 and 1/2 and probably will have to eat gluten-free his whole life. Although wheat insensitivity makes you sick and can interfere with how our nutrients are absorbed, it is not the same as celiac disease which is confirmed by a blood test.
We have started other seed butters instead of peanut butter which was a huge part of my grandson’s diet. So far he likes them. We are looking forward to his rash disappearing and him feeling better. Seeing my grandson so uncomfortable has been so hard on me and him! Check out my post on all about allergies and symptoms.