L.V. asks from Flower Mound, TX on June 23, 2010
Breasfed 11-Month-old Diagnosed with Milk and Egg Allergies
My 11-month old daughter was diagnosed with milk and egg allergy based on a blood test. She has never had any symptoms from foods including milk or eggs (mashed potatos, pancakes, spoonful of vanilla ice cream, yogurt). I'm happy to breastfeed her until she turns 1, but I was hoping to wean her slowly after it. She only breastfeeds 4-5 times/ 24hrs now and drinks water the rest of the time.
Thanks in advance! LV
Clarification: She had an allergic reaction one month ago to *something* while at a mall playground. There was no visible food around and she did not consume any milk or eggs there. Her face had red and white spots and it swelled. She did not have any difficulties breathing. 15 minutes in the shower made the swelling disappear and we got Benadryl from her pediatrician. (We gave her a few doses but the symptoms were completely gone within 2-3 hours.) So I KNOW that she's allergic to *something* but I'm reluctant to eliminate all milk and egg products from her diet, since she hasn't had ANY symptoms after eating them so far.
A.F. answers from Dallas on June 24, 2010
I breast fed my daughter and because of all issues related to cow milk, her Pediatrician suggested to use Goat milk which is much clsoer to human and she loved it. The Goat milk is much better health wise as well. You can also give her kids supplement that has Brain food for growing kids. Let me know if you would like for one that is safe and very effective, kids love it.
M.Q. answers from Detroit on June 23, 2010
Hello LV ~ I BF'd my DD until she was 12 months diagnosed w/dairy allergy at around 8 months...I actually cut all dairy dairy derivatives from my diet after she had a strong reaction to Gerber oatmeal w/whey at 6 months. She may not outwardly show any symptoms could show as cold like symptoms, irritability or tummy troubles...
Do you know what the results of the bloodwork...what the numbers were as to the severity? If you click on my user name you can see my previous post about dairy/eggs
M.M. answers from Dallas on June 24, 2010
I'm currently trying goat's milk for my son who just turned 1. I want to start weaning him too but want him to get used to drinking milk before I wean completely. From all the research I've read, goat's milk is actually better in a lot of ways than cow's milk. Also, so kids are not allergic to cooked eggs or products with cooked milk in them. I think if she doesn't have a reaction it's probably safe, but I'm not a doctor. Also most kids tend to out grow food allergies with age. I hope this helps some.
L.G. answers from Dallas on June 23, 2010
I totally am with Michelle on this. My son also has severe food allergies, dairy, wheat, nuts and eggs. I breastfed him for 2 years. You need to take this seriously. Some people don't get the seriousness of this issue and dismiss it as an intolerance. You have evidence that this is not the case. My advice is first of all to ALWAYS carry benadryl with you everywhere. And get an Epipen prescribed ASAP if you don't already have one.
My son was also diagnosed at 6 months old and at nearly 3 still has all his allergies. He also used to break out randomly, just like your daughter, I know how frustrating it can be. That's we we always have Benadryl. they make the single dose now, that is premeasured and can be thrown in your purse, diaper bag, glove box, etc.
You can buy an egg substitue at Sprouts or Central Mkt. It's in the baking aisle in a box. It's a powder that you mix with warm water. It really only works as a binder for baking. I already never ate eggs, so that was an easy elimination for me. I gave up baked goods while nursing too. All cakes, cookies, etc. will have eggs in them. It was hard at first, but I got used to it. Plus, Sprouts has plenty of egg free treats. Also, the flu vaccine has eggs in it, so make sure she doesn't get that vaccine.
You will need to read ALL labels from this point forward and learn the different words used to describe eggs and milk. Albumin (eggs) is one I remember off the top of my head. Most labels will tell you at the end of the ingredient list what allergens are in the product.
My son drinks non-GMO soy milk and eats Silk soy yogurt. My pediatric allergist told me that goats milk and cows have a high crossover rate, Meaning if she's allergic to cow's milk, then it's highly likely that she'll be allergic to goat's as well. Butter and margarine both have dairy too. We use Earth Balance now.
Sorry if I've overwhelmed you, it's just that I remember how scared and lost I felt when I first got the diagnosis and want to help you. I have an allergist I love in Richardson if you want the #.
Good luck to you.
V.B. answers from Dallas on June 24, 2010
I don't reccommend soy as it increases the early breast in girls, early periods, etc. But rice milk or almond milk is great. Usually cooked eggs are fine-watch cheese and yogurt. Soy yogurt is ok. The good news is by 3-4 they usually outgrow it. She will get protein from other foods now that she is almost a year. Breast feed as long as you can and dillute juice 1:3 or at least 1/2 water and just once day. Water is so good for the rest of the time.
If she is symptom free I'm not sure I would stop, maybe just watch one food at a time.
M.W. answers from St. Cloud on June 23, 2010
I don't understand WHY she was tested if she is not having any problems???
If she has already had some of these foods with no problems, I would continue to feed them in small amounts. I would NOT eliminate them from her diet unless she is having problems!
As for after she weans. Goats milk is supposed to be very good for you so I would see how she does on that. Of course, continuing to offer water as well! Do NOT use soy! It is linked to many different problems. I just read in a parenting magazine that they are warning parents not to give their kids soy products! (I even heard that it may be linked to the rise in reproductive problems when people get older! Don't know if it's true but still.......)
M.M. answers from Minneapolis on June 23, 2010
I do not know what sparked the IgE test, but my DD (now 8) was diagnosed with an egg and milk allergy at 6 months old. Now I am going to give you advice as a mom..... I think if it is a true allergy, you should take it serious as she can out-grow them if you do. I breastfed my daughter until she was 2 1/2 years as I had to learn how to cook egg & dairy free before introducing her to a lot of foods. I very quickly got rid of all of the dairy in my diet, using soy and rice as a substitute. Actually dairy is very easy to replace, so I did it first. Eggs were a bit more of a challenge, so I got rid of all direct eggs. So I did not eat anytype of cooked ones at all. I continued to eat them cooked inside of foods. So as I learned how to cook without eggs, I started to merge that way of cooking into my diet. I then learned how to cook for her. With that said, to this day she is very very allergic (anaphylaxis) to eggs. She can not eat anything that was cooked with or brushed with eggs. She even once reacted to an hamburger that was cooked on a griddle next to eggs. It still is a true allergy too as she ends up about once a year in the hospital from a reaction from an unknown exsposure. She has now outgrown her dairy allergy; even though she has become so use to the other that she could care less, but it sure makes it great that she has out-grown it enough she can partake in some normal dairy indulgences. Now the egg reaction is so bad, they claim she most likely will NEVER outgrow it. They say it has partially to do with the fact she was exsposed to eggs for so long through my breastmilk. So, yes the foods you eat are passed through your breastmilk. So I suggest, if you want to continue to nurse her, you get rid of the allergens in your diet, if not you will have to go to Soy, Rice, Goat or Potato Milk. Know that the nutrition value is a lot different in these other milks, but you will then have to learn how to cook for her anyway. Because once you stop breastfeeding her, unless you go to a a formula, you will have to make up that nutrition through food still eliminating eggs and dairy. You can message me if you want to talk. Good Luck!
M.R. answers from Kansas City on June 23, 2010
Please see an allergist! My daughter tested positive to wheat, eggs, soy, dairy, peanut, and some environmental factors. I freaked when I got the results. Just went to see the allergist who told us you can have false positives from the blood test for food allergies. One needs to see the total IgE level to determine the severity of the allergy according to our allergist. The higher the IgE the more likely the food allergies can be false positives. It's very complicated. Before you drive yourself crazy with a stric elimination diet ( I did dairy and so elim, can be done but a big challenge) please consider seein an allergist. Good luck!
M.C. answers from Dallas on June 24, 2010
If your daughter does have a milk/egg allergy you do have to eliminate ALL items, including those with any milk protein. My son is allergic to Milk, and our allergiest told us it doesn't matter the amount because even the smallest amount will result in an allergic reaction. That being said, I would have your daughter evaluated by a pediatric allergist. Our's is Dr. Sugerman at Medical City. They are awesome!
K.V. answers from Dallas on June 24, 2010
If she is not showing symptoms outwardly and is not experiencing ear or respritory infections, I would not take her off the foods right now. Is she losing weight? One rashy incident without the milk or eggs eaten would not deter me. However, why stop breastfeeding now. Breastmilk is so very healthy for your child. Even if she develops a problem with cows milk, she will get plenty of nourishment from the breastmilk. Many women breastfeed until the age of two. Just watch your diet while you breastfeed. If you cut out the dairy and she is really allergic to the dairy she should be fine.
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