B.B. asks from Alpharetta, GA on April 15, 2011
Food Allergy - Alpharetta,GA
My daughter has eczema, i suspect that she might have some food allergies also. i know Orange and Mango juice for sure. i have stopped giving her any juice. she likes milk and yogurt a lot that is very hard for me to stop.I am not sure for Potatoes and banana because sometime i dnt see any flareup sometimes i do.
Orange and mango are not good her so what other food that is related to these.
what is the minimum age for food allergy test.She is 21 months old.
T.H. answers from Kansas City on April 15, 2011
It very possibly could be a milk issue, eczema is very common with that. Sometimes milk issues can present itself in strange ways, so I would talk to your pediatrician. If she hasn't been tested for citrus allergies then it could be the milk issue just looking different. I'm pretty sure they can test for things now, they don't recommend it under a year b/c it can be pretty extensive and fairly irritating. I would talk to your doctor but until then steer clear of the things you think are causing suffering!
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K.L. answers from Chicago on April 15, 2011
My son has multiple food allergies, and he was originally tested around 15 months old. They told us that you can test a young child for food allergies, but that they can continue to show up at any time before two, so you could test negative one day, but be positive from the next day on. Therefore, they usually prefer not to test until a child is two. You definitely should talk to your doctor, because you can drive yourself crazy trying to figure out stuff on your own (I know!!). Good luck. If you decide to try going dairy free, our blog, www.welcomingkitchen.com has recipes and product reviews that are allergen-free that might be helpful to you. Good luck! Your daughter's lucky to have a mama who is so interested in trying to figure out what's going on and how to help her.
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J.P. answers from Denver on April 15, 2011
You can get her tested now and you should. Both my children have food allergies and if not treated it can lead to other health complications. If you stop dairy, you have to stop it all together. Minimizing it will only make her reaction to it stronger if it is a true allergy because it causes the body to become more sensitized to it.
Orange is probably a sensitivity--they are very acidic. Mango could be a reaction to the vitamin A in it--but then she would also react to anything orange like sweet potatoes, tomatoes, etc. (My youngest is sensitive to too much Vitamin A).
Potatoes are considered a night shade--also tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, and sweet potatoes. An allergy to night shades is actually relatively common.
When I went through this with my children I chose to go an alternative route to traditional western medicine. If you are interested in this route I can assist you.
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A.C. answers from Columbus on April 15, 2011
You can get your daughter allergy tested (via scratch test) at any age, from newborn on. So, tell your pediatrician about all the reactions, and then ask for a referral to an allergist (preferably one that specializes in kids with allergies).
Citrus can cause a reaction in some people, so I would say to stay away from citrus is you think she's allergic to oranges and/or mango.
Also, please know that if your child has eczema, allergies, and there is a history of allergies or asthma in either of the parents, there is a greater than 90% chance that your daughter will develop asthma at some point (yes, my son fits all those criteria, too).
K.M. answers from New York on April 15, 2011
If your child really likes Milk and milk-based products, maybe you can try replacing them with Organic choices. Most food allergies in children are caused by GMO's and antibiotics used to treat the source of food.
My daughter was also allergic to food dyes. I have found this website to be very helpful...
I have become very educated about the food we buy since becoming a mom, I think all of us could at least be aware of these issues.
Best of Luck!