M.S. asks from Trenton, NJ on September 20, 2007
Has anyone experienced this: My sn as tested for allergies via a blood test when he was 8 months old. I revealed that he is allergic to wheat eggs and milk. It was negative for soy allergies. Whenever I give him soy formula or soy milk his eczema EXPLODES! Has anyone ever experienced this and does anyone know the accuracy of these tests?
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Thank you for your advise everyone. I am still doing trial and error and will follow what the ped and allergist say.
M.C. answers from Philadelphia on September 21, 2007
You may need to move away from the soy and milk based formulas. They are definitely an issue for kids with allergies. There are choices that are not soy or milk. The doctor should be able to provide you with other options to fulfill the nutritional needs. As far as the testing goes, you may want to ask the doctor to do skin testing instead of blood testing.
T.P. answers from Atlanta on September 21, 2007
He may have developed a new allergy to soy. You are giving him regular milk now? The test are usually accurate, the doctor usually tells you the percentage of what your child is allergic to. My two girls now ages 3 and 17 months are allergic to soy, wheat, milk, peanuts and eggs. However the doctor told me the percentage of the soy allergy was low, so they may be able to drink it without getting a reaction. When I tired soy formula on my now three year old when she was an infant she had a bad reaction to it, so I never gave it to her again. My girls also both have eczema. If they eat something that they allergic too, they eczema gets out of control also. I would get him tested again. My children drink rice milk now. Good luck.
J.S. answers from New York on September 21, 2007
There are different kinds of blood tests to test for allergies, and also a scratch test. The scratch test (I believe) is more reliable. HOWEVER there is also a chance that your son may NOT be ALLERGIC to soy, but still have a reaction to soy and soy products. It's called being "intolerant" or having adverse reactions to those products, but there is NO FUNCTIONAL DIFFERENCE for us parents! My son reacts (eczema, congestion and even vomitting) to dairy, beef, soy and too much wheat, but showed absolutely no allergy to any of it when he had a blood test done. My pediatrician told us the same thing he would tell an allergy baby's parents - avoid the food group... Look at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-allergy/AN01109 and http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/foods-allergy-intole... for additional information. I found both of these sites very helpful. Since your son has tested positive already for some allergies, I recommend that you see a pediatric allergist for further testing, and then take what you learn and do what you KNOW is the best thing for your son. All the medical advice on allergies will never replace your gut instincts! I hope this helps!
J. - a tired working mom of a 16 month old :-)
M.T. answers from Philadelphia on September 21, 2007
My daughter had a blood test and they found she is allergic to peanuts. The blood test IS accurate.
It makes sense that after having milk that your son's eczema explodes because the gene that carries allergies also carries eczema and asthma.
As far as soy milk producing a reaction...maybe there is wheat in the formula? I would ask the doctor about that.
K.S. answers from New York on October 16, 2007
My 15 month old daughter was recently given a blood test for allergies, and the pediatrician told me that at such a young age, if a test is negative, it doesn't necessarily mean that they're NOT allergic. if the test is positive, however, they are DEFINITELY allergic. I was told that if she tested negative to eggs, but she reacts to them, then she may still be allergic and to keep her away from egg products. Further tests later on may show that she's allergic. So definitely go with your instincts. Good luck with the eczema!
N.B. answers from New York on September 21, 2007
The blood tests are not as accurate as the skin tests. Often blood tests are followed up with skin tests to check what is happening. You could request for someone to do a skin test on him for just soy. Believe me, I have bad allergies and the skin tests aren't easy, especially for a little guy his age. They would give his skin a little prick and put some soy on it to see how he reacts. They can tell by what happens how severe the allergy is or if he has one. I'm not sure where you are but myself and my children have a wonderful allergist and she has made my quality of life a gazillion times better by treating me properly and making sure I did what I needed to do to manage my allergies and allergy induced asthma.
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D.C. answers from New York on September 21, 2007
My son was allergic to cowmilk too and my nutritionist told me the molecules from soymilk looklike the cowmilkmolecules so his immunesystem gets confused. a so called x-reaction. so stay away from soy aswell! talk to a nutritionist how he can get enough calcium and proteins in his diet. sucre boosts allergic reactions!! and yes it does take a lot of energy from you! I had to quit work. get as much support around you as possible: family, friends and professional and educate yourself. The good news: my son grew out of it and I know a whole lot about real healthy food. Did you also know that peanuts and cowmilk are highrated as cause for earinfections?!! anyway, good luck! hang in there and have faith.
A.N. answers from New York on September 21, 2007
Trust your instincts. My sons allergy testing revealed very little useful information. We went to a nutritionist and a developmental pediatrician instead and they were much more helpful in identifying the difference between an allergy and a sensitivity. He might outgrow some of his allergies, but I would stay away from soy for a while if I were you.
N.M. answers from New York on September 21, 2007
My son had eczema. But to tell you the truth I never heard of it happpening becaus of allergies. Because it was donr by blood test I would say it's on target.
A dairy allgery is very difficult, my niece has the same allergey. Did you try the lactate free milk. Not soy.
try it the reaction will be better. Like no reaction at all.