Help! My Son Is Allergic to Eggs, Milk, Soy, Wheat, Yeast, Peanuts, Chocolate...

Updated on September 26, 2012
S.C. asks from Land O Lakes, FL
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We just had my son allergy tested today and found out he is allergic to all the things listed above. It's overwhelming! I'm looking for moms with EXPERIENCE with children with food allergies. What are some books or websites you found helpful. Where else did you get information.

What are some substitues you use, like for butter or mayo for example? All that I've seen so far either have dairy or soy.

Thanks for sharing your EXPERIENCE!

S.

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T.B.

answers from Tampa on

My 8 yr old son has Food Allergies and Outdoor Allergies. I belong to the Food Allergy Support Group Of Tampa(FASG) it is a Yahoo group. It is a great place to get info from and meet other moms. Hope this helps!

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C.S.

answers from Boca Raton on

Hi S.,
I know exactly what you are going through. My son is allergic to soy, sesame,nuts,peanus,shellfish, and cod fish. You can buy products in wholefoods that are allergen free. I suggest that you become a member of the food allergy and anaphylaxis network. Heres the link to there website http://foodallergy.org/. Here are some other links as well that I find to be helpful http://www.cookingallergyfree.com/recipes/list , http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/ I really like this company!! Hope this helps if you have any questions you can contact me on here.

C.

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S.S.

answers from Tampa on

My cousin is in the same boat as you.
I wrote her on facebook and she said
she's got ALOT about support, recipes and other stuff
relative to being a mom of a kid allergic to food.
Her son is the same age as yours, too.

Here is Nicoles blog:

http://foodallergymommy.blogspot.com

She said you can also email her directly if you like:
[email protected]____.com

She's been working with this for most of Christian's life.

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C.V.

answers from Miami on

I have a friend who's son has similar results. I sent her your question and this is her response - hope it helps!

When you get allergy tested you are graded usually on a scale of 1-4 for the severity of the allergy. What I did was depending on the severity, (like if it was a 1 or a 2), I would test it and see what the reaction was. I did this because when Sean's test came back it came back saying he was allergic to everything but Cockroaches and Catfood...HONESTLY...Obviously we can not feed our child either of those things so the dr said that even though it said wheat, try it out IN MODERATION and see what happens. Now I knew that EGGS were a NO NO and
that if he ate or even touched a egg he could end up in the hospital so we made sure we stayed away from EGGS. Then I just reasearched. Believe it or not, a really good place to get food is Whole Foods or Wild Oats.
They have a lot of natural foods that don't contain these ingredients in them. My other suggestion is to research, research, research!!!! That is the best...There is a food allergy network and I would definitely start there. From there you can blog and whatnot and meet others that have the same problems and may have good suggestions. Sean was able to eat soy
even though it showed he was allergic and that helped out ALOT.

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T.M.

answers from Tampa on

My sisters son has the same allergeis! She uses a lot of vegan products and shops at whole foods, they have listings on-line of the indgedients of products. She found the following websites helpful:
www.kidswithfoodallergies.org
The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network www.foodallergy.org
She also uses the following:
ener-g egg replacer
rice milk
rice cheese
Hope this helps!
T.

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B.C.

answers from Ocala on

wow. i hope this sight might help you. i do not know. sorry i do not have this problem but i was just trying to help you.

sight that tell you what you can substitute for what when cooking

http://www.landolakes.com/tips/Substitutions.cfm

or maybe this will help i hope so.

egg substitute comes in a little cardboard carton like milk comes in.
note this:
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Commercial egg substitutes like "Egg Beaters" are actually just egg whites, colored and flavored to resemble whole beaten eggs. So, if you're allergic to eggs, they're not a solution. They're also expensive, so rather than bake with Egg Beaters, I would just use two egg whites to replace one egg. This will work if you're concerned about the fat/cholesterol in eggs -- it's all in the yolk.
another answer:
I have used applesauce in many of my cakes, including pancakes, and it works great! I add a little more than 1 tbs for each egg.the use of applesauce created a dense moist cake that her control groups (she brought every cake in to her class) devoured like crazy! good luck!
another answer:
You can always find a powdered egg replacer at any health food store - they work great. I grew up not eating eggs, and whenever my friends came over, they could never tell the difference in my mom's baking.
Just follow the directions on the box - this replacer is a baking substitute only though
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Flax seed can be used as a substitute for eggs. Grind 3 teaspoons flax seeds in a coffee grinder and whisk into boiling water. Leave it to stand for 5 minutes before adding to your cake mixture.

or this:
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use 1 banana = 1 whole egg
ot this:
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I add a cup of soy milk instead of an egg. Sometimes I add one banana and half a cup of soy milk, but I don't ever add an egg to my cakes

or this:
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Condensed milk is a good substitute for eggs. half tin condensed milk for every 2.5 cups of flour used in the recipe. 1 egg = 1 heaped tablespoon soya powder or 1/4 cup tofu 1 egg = 2 heaped tbsp potato starch or arrowroot powder.

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J.S.

answers from Dallas on

My son is 8 months old, we just finished a round of testing after several major allergic reactions and found him to be allergic to milk and wheat along with indoor/outdoor allergens. they only tested for the first 8 things and added milk and wheat. Now I am scared to feed him anything, my specialist doesnt want to test him for anything else because of the false positives, but corn, rye, barley and many other allergies run in my family. Should I be worried to substitute wheat with any of these things?

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J.L.

answers from Sarasota on

I have a 5 year old daughter with a lot of the same allergies. Substitutes are hard to find. We just had to go back to the basics with her meat veggies fruit. Breakfast is a challange for me still not much they can eat. the alergy network is a good site. And computer has been helpful to me. Good luck

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S.C.

answers from Boca Raton on

Hi S.,
I am not sure where you live, but I would definitely suggest contacting a NAET Practitioner. In Coral Springs, I can personally recommend (highly) Marlene Cobb.
Contact Information
Company: Optimum Wellness Inc.
Address: 7442 Wiles Road
Coral Springs, FL 33067
USA
Phone: ###-###-####
Fax:
e-mail: [email protected]____.com

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A.A.

answers from Tampa on

Hi S.,
My name is A.. While I am not a child, I do have gluten (wheat) and yeast alleriges. The most comprehensive book you will find will be Feast without Yeast by Bruce Semon and Lori Kornblum. You can find it on Amazon.com It will give you a wealth of information as well as recipies! The authors wrote the book for their autistic child. They also co-authored another book that explains the allergies even more. I just want to warn you. The solution is an elimination diet. It is not easy. I hope it helps.

Happy Eating!
A.

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V.S.

answers from Jonesboro on

Hey, my son is almst 2 and he is allergic to Eggs, Wheat, Milk, Soy, Peanuts, Cats, Dogs, Cod fish (maybe more fish we have to have more testing done), also just found out yesterday he is allergic to Beef. Anyway, I can't seem to get any help from anyone not even Drs know what to do, I was hoping you could help me with some ideas and Recipes of the above things you listed that your son is or was allergic too. If you could respond back i'd be very Grateful.
Thank You,
V..

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M.H.

answers from Jacksonville on

S.,

I think you've gotten some good advice if your son is truly allergic to all these foods. However, I would be willing to bet he is not. It is extremely rare for a person to be allergic to more than one or two foods (or food groups, so to speak). Also, there is an unusually high instance of FALSE POSITIVE results on blood and skin allergy tests.

Did your regular pediatrician test him or has he seen a specialist (allergist)? He needs to see a specialist. Any parent who recieves a diagnosis from their regular pediatrician of multiple food allergies needs to request a visit with a specialist to get a second opinion. Why restrict your son from all these foods if it is unnecessary?

The good news if he does indeed have all these allergies is that he is likely to "outgrow" (develop a tolerance) the allergies to milk, eggs, wheat and soybeans. The peanut allergy is likely life-long.

I urge you to get a second opinion and wish you the best in managing your son's allergies- it can be a challenge, but you are already on the right track in arming yourself with information.

Here is some information you should read:
http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/food-allergy-testing...

There is a lot of info out there about the FALSE POSITIVE problem with allergy tests. Check out the FAAN website also.

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A.B.

answers from Boca Raton on

Hi, my 2 yr old daughter is allergic to dairy and eggs. It's overwhelming at first but don't worry, it gets better! It's a good idea to go on line and join the asthma and allergy network. It's a great resource. Products- whole foods sells in the refrigerated section mayo called "veganaise" by a company called follow your heart vegan gourmet. they have one made with grapeseed oil that is really good. The refrigerated almond milk is decent if you can do tree nuts, Frozen waffles by a company called "vans" has dairy,egg and wheat free, "acompany called "cherry brook farms"sells boxed cake and cookie mixes and a company called EN-R-GY sells an egg replacer product in powder form in yellow box in the baking isle.For wheat free recipes and products you might try googleing the celiac foundation as they are a good resource for wheat free. Good luck!!!And...once you learn what products you can use shopping won't take 3 hours and you won't be bursting into tears in Publix!Also, the Walmart sells some products cheaper than whole foods.

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J.T.

answers from Tampa on

My son is allergic to milk and soy and we use the earth balance butter. The one in the red tub is milk and soy free. Not sure about all of the other allergens. I am also part of an online allergy group called Terrific Kids with Food allergies on yahoo. The women on there are extremely helpful and someone almost always has an answer for anything that is asked.

Hope this helps,
J.

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L.M.

answers from Ocala on

When my son was 8 months old we found out he was allergic to eggs, milk, wheat and peanuts. My first thought was, "What in the world is this child going to eat?" The most helpful hints I found were on the allergy websites:
foodallergy.org
cookingallergyfree.com
kidswithfoodallergies.org

As soon as he was able to talk we taught him to say, "No eggs, no milk, no peanuts please," whenever someone offered him anything to eat. It is very overwhelming but know that you aren't alone. More and more kids are having food allergies these days. The scariest is probably the peanuts, depending on how allergic the child is. Some kids can't even be in the same room as a bowl of peanuts and if that is the case you need to really emphasize it to his school or other care providers.

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S.S.

answers from Tampa on

I suffered with severe food allergies for 30 years. NAET testing has been a blessing and really cured my allergies. Eva Chang at Pathways to Health in Clearwater works wonders. No drugs, no shots. She works with children, too.

The substitutes that I used were mostly soy so that won't work. I ate carob instead of chocolate for many years. Rice milk instead of dairy. Take a trip to the health food store and read labels. Ener-g makes an egg replacer and it's mostly potato starch. Check the labels to see if he can have it.

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A.R.

answers from Jacksonville on

I too would like some advice. My one year old has similar allergies (I'm hoping she'll grow out of them). Almost everything she eats lately gives her diarrhea.

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E.B.

answers from Boca Raton on

Hi S.,

That's a long list! Think it would be best if you just call me: ###-###-####. You can look at our website if you wantto know more abouat what we do: www.familyfoodexperts.com. I would love to help you - talk through your options - just as a favor. This is tough so it would be a pleasure to help you. E.

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A.D.

answers from Fort Myers on

Wow! That list looks familiar. My daughter was 3 when we identified her problems. For about a year we were on a very strict gluten-free, dairy-free diet. Usually these issues are all digestion and immune system related. We went to Dr. Herschal Stanford in Fort Myers at the Healthy Living Clinic. We spent about 6-9 months with him doing his food allergy desencitizing program. I happy to report that today the only food we need to avoid is peanuts, and they just make her itchy if she's exposed. Unfortunatley Adahs is gone, but Publix has a much bigger Greenwise section these days. The best on is at Santa Barbara and Veteran's in Cape Cora. You may need to drive to Whole Foods on the north side of Naples once a month to stock up on stuff. I learned how to make lots of gluten-free stuff. Oh, there is also a great little store, Back to Nature on 47th Terrace in Cape Coral. They have Sammy' Bakery items, which were the best gluten-free breads I have found. Pizza crust too. Ask to talk to Lynette, the owner, there about your situation. But Definitely see Dr. Stanford. His alternative medecine therapies do work. Mainstream medecine won't tell you that there are solutions other than drugs, but my daughter is living proof. I'd be happy to talk to you more about our experiences if you desire. A.

K.B.

answers from Jacksonville on

One of my son's is allergic to gluten (wheat, rye barley, spelt...), Casein (all dairy), soy, peanuts, potato, egg, and grapefruit. My other is just casein and gluten (as far as we know)

I have been doing this for over 3 years now...the local Native Sun actually helped me A LOT! Especially when i melted down in the middle of the store crying....yes, it is very overwhelming! BUT!! there is hope!! There is a lot of foods out there that are safe for our kids...

for quicky things--try Ian's brand...Enjoy Life has a TON of cookies, chocolate, bakery items and yummy treats...Ener G is really great about their products..especially the breads....Namaste has YUMMY (even for me) cookies, waffle, pancake, brownie, bread, pizza crust and more mixes that are quick and easy!!!

I got most of my information from researching on my own....And no matter what anyone tells you--PLEASE do your own research as well..because they could be wrong!

Spectrum shortening is free of allergens and makes a good butter. I have yet to find a mayo recipe that really tastes good...and Amy's ketchup is free of allergens. Be careful, because there is a whole list of gluten/casien/soy filled products as well! from crayons, markers, stamps, band-aids, stickers, laundry detergent, and more!!!

Is he allergic to regular milk chocolate? or to cocoa?? See, not all chocolate is made with milk...cocoa is separate and just a bean, and is allergen free...there are chocolate chips, chocolate potato milk, almond milks, and rices milks...(BTW- Rice dream is 100% NOT gluten free...the ppm (parts per million) are low enough by FDA regulations to be called gluten free, but there still is gluten in it...Pacific Rice milk is 100% gluten free.
Please feel free to email me questions or even your email addy and i can send you a TON of information...

*hugz* you can get thru this...I promise!

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K.M.

answers from Tampa on

Fiengold Diet, and check for support group- we used one in Michigan, but not since here,
best of luck-k

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J.P.

answers from Tampa on

My son and I (since I'm still breastfeeding) went off all common allergens for about 1 month to see what he was allergic to. It is called the "Caveman Diet", and all you eat is fresh fruit, veggies and meat. I was challenging, but as long as you cook all of your own food, it's not as bad as it sounds. Then we reintroduced one thing at a time to see what his reaction was. Apparently, this is the ONLY way to know for sure if you have an allergy, since the tests can give false positives. We have reintroduce everything except dairy and soy so far.
Lots of the advice you have already received is good. Enjoy Life is a great brand for snack foods. One thing I found that was great was coconut milk yogurt and ice cream. It's made by "So Delicious". The yogurt is pretty expensive compared to regular yogurt, so I bought a yogurt maker ($20) and started making my own with canned coconut milk. It's very easy and saves money.
Good luck and think positive; your son will be eating much healthier without all the extra junk food in his diet!

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