Looking for Pediatrician Specializing in Food Allergies

Updated on April 27, 2009
M.D. asks from Arvada, CO
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My 9 month old daughter, Elizabeth, has lots of food allergies...dairy, eggs, peanut butter, gluten.

So far all the food allergies have been self-diagnosed. The last couple times I've taken my daughter to the doctor she hasn't been in the worst of conditions (she had bad tummy pain from the dairy and eggs and skin rashes from gluten and peanut butter), but the doctor had never mentioned anything about food allergies until I brought them up and then said she would recommend an allergist when she's a year. I really like my doctor personally, but don't feel like she's been much help for Elizabeth's problems.

I'm wondering if anyone knows of pediatricians who would also specialize in nutrition and allergies or if that really is just something that I have to take her to a specialist for.


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answers from Denver on

Most pediatricians aren't going to be that well-informed about allegies...I'd go to an allergist.

We see a great one (Dr. Grant Olson) at Colorado Allery & Asthma (www.coloradoallergy.com). I've got one son (age 4) with full-on "true" allergies and one (14 months) with some "intolerances." They've been great with both. Some allergists don't recognize allergies/intolerances that don't show up in testing.

With food allergies, you should really be carrying an epipen for your daughter. Reactions can turn very serious at any time...even if they've never been significant before.

I'm also in a really good allergy parents' group on Yahoo: TerrificKidsWFA. I've learned more from there than anywhere else...I honestly don't know what I'd have done without the people there. :)

Best of luck!



answers from Denver on

Hi M.,
I go to an allergist that specializes in adult and pediatric allergies and asthma. They are fantastic! The name of the practice is Denver Allergy and Asthma. They have several offices to accommodate your needs. Check out their website at www.daadocs.com. I have been going there for over 10 years now. The doc I see is Dr. Rumbyrt! He's great with kids and adults! Hope this helps!




answers from Denver on

We see Dr. Fleischer at National Jewish and love him. We're seeing him for our second child with allergies next week. He's been very helpful. As far as a pediatrician goes, I had the same frustration. When I asked the doctor we moved away from for help, he suggested that if you're dealing with specialists, a family doctor is a better option. Pediatricians tend to be less likely to refer (as you're finding out). If your insurance allows it, just make the appointment. You can even call your doctors office and ask who they recommend. The front desk usually has a list and shouldn't even ask who you are, just give you the name and number. GL!


answers from Denver on

We have a great pediatrician. He doesn't specialize in food allergies but is quite knowledgeable about such things. He is a MD and a holistic doctor, which is what I was looking for. He works with a nutritionist that teaches cooking classes on gluten-free and I believe dairy and sugar free also. His website is mindfulpediatrics.com and her's is wholenurishment.com. Hope this helps.



answers from Denver on

Hi M.,

It is so hard to realize you're the parent of a kid with food allergies, especially to all the things your daughter is already showing sensitivity to at such a young age. We've done two things with my son: given up on the pediatrician for specialized medical issues, which food allergies are - (we use him for the general things, however, and are very pleased); and given up on the medical allergist whose only answer is to wait and see if our son grows out of the allergies. There are very few kids who will outgrow all of the things your daughter is already allergic to, especially egg and peanuts. Milk, if she hasn't outgrown it by one, her chances decrease significantly of outgrowing it each year thereafter. Therefore, we have gone the alternative route, using an acupuncturist who performs NAET (www.naet.com) using acupressure, not acupuncture, on our son. We have see GREAT improvement very quickly with this. The need for inhalers or benedryl on a regular basis has decreased to less than one time per week, if any times per week when out and about and exposed accidentally to something; hives, wheezing, and vomiting in response to allergens is decreased (thus the less need for medical intervention). My son recently accidentally had scone with dairy and egg, with ZERO reaction. He's not "cured" yet, as he still got two hives when we challeged it on his skin a week later, but we're getting there. I've had friends who have taken their kids in and the blood in the stools was resolved with two treatments, the horrendous diaper rash with four treatments. Our son, however, has very severe allergies, which the allergists who skin tested him at 4 and 6 months said they'd not seen adults with his level of reactivity, so while we have seen improvement, it has been six months of treatments. Therefore, we have just this past week met with a naturopathic medical doctor (been to medical school with residency) in Salt Lake City who is curing kids of autism, food allergies, asthma, and exzcema. He is looking for deficiencies in our son's digestive tract; we'll have the results Tuesday, but our son is probably deficient in zinc and magnesium, which helps to control the food allergy response. I personally think that NAET works by itself for most people, but in our son's case, I think he's got biological stuff in the way, too, which is why we need to use a two pronged approach. Our allergist is here in Denver and we use him only to get the epi-pen prescription from for possible anaphylactic reactions. If your pediatrician did not talk with you about this, definitely call the pediatrician back and say you'd like one. The ped may not want to, as they aren't recommended under age one, which is why we kept our allergist, because the allergist realizes that the kid could have an anaphylactic response and that the epinepherine will save your kid's life. With your daughter's level of sensitivity this young, there's a high probability you may need the epi-pen at some point. Another thing the doctor may not have explained: food allergies don't usually come on their own; usually there is excema and asthma, too. Our son's asthma didn't start until 13 months old. The excema started around 3 months, we had confirmation of the food allergies at 4 months. If you'd like the name of any of the practitioners (NAET, allergist, naturopathic dr.) we are using, please let me know. As much as I HATE my son's food allergies and asthma, I sincerely feel like we've been given him and his issues, because we are open (reluctantly at first) to alternative medicine and its explanations and CURE for things western medical doctors say we have no control over, and I feel that my responsibility is to empower other parents to seek beyond their comfort zone in order to help their kids. Good luck in your journey. Email me if you want more information.

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