Seeking Moms Who've Dealt with Milk and Egg Allergies in Children

Updated on March 10, 2011
A.H. asks from Canton, GA
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I took my 11 month old boy to an allergist this morning for skin testing and it turns out he's allergic to milk, eggs and peanuts. Peanuts I can deal with because my daughter also has this allergy so it's nothing new, but I have NO CLUE what to do about the milk and eggs. He's eating baby food now and we're introducing small bites of real food to him slowly, but now I don't know what and how to feed him. Obviously, he will not be drinking whole milk when he turns 1 as what is usually suggested, but does anyone have any advice on websites, locating good recipes for making foods that do not contain milk or eggs? He's not allergic to soy, so I suppose soy milk is an option. Right now I'm still breastfeeding and plan to do so morning and evenings for a few more months, but I can't breastfeed and give baby food forever. Any thoughts from Moms with kids with allergies?

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L.H.

answers from Macon on

Hi A.,
I have dealt with both of these allergies in the past, although with different children. I don't have advice to add that you haven't already been given except that my allergist had us avoid eggs ALL together to increase the chance of my child outgrowing the allergy. Since it is all he knew, he handled it well. The good news is that both of my children outgrew those allerges. The milk allergy was gone by the time she was two, and the egg allergy was gone by the time he was 8. The egg allergy lasted awhile, but I have to say it was a happy day when we got the go ahead with eggs! Good luck!

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J.S.

answers from Atlanta on

Hi A.,
The good news is if you get in the right mindset and find physicians who will work to heal your children instead of treat them, you can reverse this over years. I am a fully experienced mom, aunt, godmother of children littered with allergies. Some now able to have regular diets, and some able to "cheat" now and again with little to no reaction.

Have no fear - there are so many things to feed him that do not have milk. The egg gets a little harder, but my friend uses tofu and egg replacer for the baking and limits store bought snacks to non-processed. CherryBrook Kitchens has great mixes that are usually egg free. Check out GFCF diet sources and many times you will see the eggs removed as well. 1/4 Silken Tofu with liquid replaces 1 egg . Check Whole Foods or kroger in the organic section for the high quality egg replacers.

Rice milk and almond milk are perfect replacers for milk. No biggie at all. For fat and extra minerals add 1 tblsp cod liver oil to 8 oz cup. You can start with half that much if he is eating veggies and fruit well. Trust me, the milk is a just a piece of cake. We are just so marketed about milk that we get stuck. Focus on giving him some rice milk, but he should begin aquiring his calories from fruit, veggies, and meat. If you can get organic veggies and meat with no hormones, they will taste better and he will enjoy them. Give him dips (ketchup, applesauce - anything) to dip his little veggies in. Flavor with vegetable broth when cooking or steam them. Don't try to cover them, make them tasty.

I would highly recommend you reading the Allergy part of "Healing the Childhood Epedimics" by Kenneth Bock. If you have not done an IGG on your kids, you may consider it. Healing requires getting rid of the foods that cause inflammation, not just the ones causing reactions. Also, treating the yeast and underlying triggers is also important. Vaccine reactions target digestive vulnerabilities. Delay your vaccines until you are able to read and make informed choices about your childs medical issues. You will be changing their future - so when it gets tough, remember, you are changing not just their lives as children, but taking them through 40,50,60 years of good health.

I have a fabulous physician I work with. If interested, drop me a line.

J.

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V.B.

answers from Atlanta on

Dear A.,

I recommend Trader Joes Grain Milk and raw food web sites. They are good for everyone. Good Luuck. V. @ [email protected]____.com e-mail me

M.S.

answers from Atlanta on

Hi A.

My son also has allergies to milk, eggs, and peanuts. It was really stressful at first, but now it has gotten a little easier (he is 4 now). We use rice milk instead of regular milk for him to drink and to cook with. He also eats A LOT of fruits and veges!!! We look very closely at labels, which im sure you already do because of the peanuts anyways...I think he is probably the healthiest one in our family because he cant eat all the processed stuff! Hope this helps and thanks to all the other moms. When I was reading all the other posts I learned more stuff too, especially about vaccinations!

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P.S.

answers from Macon on

My two children, a son and a daughter, are allergic to milk. Eating foods that contained milk didn't affect my children, except for icecream. My daughter wouldn't tell anyone at a birthday party that she was allergic to milk, so she would eat icecream just like everybody else. My son, who is 30 years old, claims to be over his milk allergy.
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M.B.

answers from Atlanta on

Hello. I read all your responses, some good stuff! My dd has same allergies, found out at 1 year. She loves soymilk and soy yogurt. Kroger has a great "special foods" section, you should check it out. My dd loves coconut milk, yogurt and ice cream. It's yummy. I have heard mixed reviews on soy so i do soy and coconut products. She also eats sunbutter by the spoonful. Hummus,seosoned black beans, chili beans (mild), fresh fruits and veggies. Nature's Own bread is egg and milk free. Just some easy foods that she eats often. There are lots of receipes online for egg, milk and peanut free foods. My dd is 21 months now. My allergist told me to keep her away from ALL sources of these allergens to give her the best chance to outgrow the allergy. I bet she could eat cheese or baked goods with eggs and be fine but i am trying to follow their advice for now. Good luck : )

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J.L.

answers from Augusta on

Hi, I have a 5 year old who is allergic to nuts and eggs also. You can give him soy or rice milk. Also anything you bake or cook you can use a box of egg replacer that is found in the organic section of the store. I get it at Kroger. The only thing that it does not work with is brownies. A great food line is called Enjoy Life Foods. They have a website and their foods contain none of the common allergins. Cookies,granola, bagels, breakfast bars,etc.

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A.D.

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My daughter was allergic to breast milk protein as an infant so I know where you are coming from. We were told by the Dr's in Maryland at Hopkins where we were living at the time if you can keep the allergen out of their diet until they are 7 sometimes their body is no longer allergic which my daughter is no longer allergic to milk but she has other health issues -Crohn disease.
Your best source is going to be the Food Allergy Network..they have a great deal of info and recipes. My daughter had a life threatening response so the schools had to be trained as well as teachers as to what was a safe snack to be brought in, etc...Also everyone who is with her must be knowledgeable in her food allergy and if necessary carry an epi pen and have one at school. If you are in the Atlanta area I can give you the name of a good allergist. Her name is Dr. Robyn Levy

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R.C.

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Hi my name is R. Charley I live in WarnerRobins. Raise4 Children have 9 Grantchildren so lesson up. Start try different food and see how respont. Try pet milk, carnation pet, Try mild cheeses, swiss babyswiss, it is mild. My son Tony who is now 24yr old, could not drink smilack enfimill or soymill. All these gave him diarra and made him through up everything in his stomach. My baby was very sick. For several months and losing weight. Until I discover he could digest pet milk,so I had to put iron in pet milk and by babe now 24yr old grew up on pet milk.

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I.J.

answers from Charleston on

My daughter, now age 2, is also allergic to milk, eggs and peanuts. I can understand your concern, she was diagnosed around 5 months old because my other two children also have peanut and tree nut allergies! Whew! This is a challenge and I remember when she was approaching 1, I was very nervous about what to do. So here's what I did and am doing now, I started her on soy milk around 13 months, I tried those soy formulas for older babies, but she was also breastfed so she didn't really take well to it! I also began introducing foods that I knew had no egg, milk or peanuts, like potatoes, grits ( no butter of course) and oatmeal. These items worked well for her when she was younger. Now she still eats these items, we have cooked the potato every which way you can imagine! But now that she's older she can eat certain types of meat, Tyson chicken products are good, they only contain wheat! And as you know from the peanut allergy we become avid label readers! I just want to you know that it can be done and after a while you will be amazed at all the things you have found your child can eat! We were so excited when we found that the light smart balance olive oil spread was milk free, so now we can actually use it for cooking and flavor! Good luck and just know that it does get a little easier!

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A.C.

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I know the frustration of food allergies very well my son has over 20 food allergies including milk and eggs. Most children will "grow out" of a milk allergy depending on how severe the allergy is. I assume the allergist only tested for cow's milk so goats milk would be another option in addition to soy milk. However, both are bitter compared to breast milk and he may not want to drink them readily. Be careful with Soy as most of it is genetically modified with peanut DNA now and unfermented soy can release estrogen and other hormones and chemicals which are harmful.

Milk is in a lot of things; yogurt, cheese, chocolate etc. But with my son he could eat them as they were processed and only had allergy issues when he drank straight cow's milk. Every child's system is different though and unfortunately it takes a bit of trial and error to figure it out. The allergist and immunologist my son sees told us."Rasp testing is just an indication for a potential allergy; to know he's truly allergic you have to feed small amounts of the foods." They idea sounds horrible but taking the doctors advice is how we found he could tolerate processed dairy.

Eggs are something interesting. My son can't tolerate store bought eggs nor can he tolerate egg substitute like "Egg-beaters. However, they are an option. My son can't tolerate the egg substitutes because he's also extremely allergic to BHT which is in them. It is possible for a child to eat eggs in something else such as a cake or bread, as said items are cooked and breaks down the proteins in the cooking process but this is something you would have to try a small amount with or use an egg substitute.

Depending on how severe your son's allergies are you may also want to consult with an immunologist. Allergic reactions are caused by the immune systems miss management of histamine. Also most children with allergies will also develop asthma.

Eggs are in vaccines and vaccinations should be avoided until your sure he won't have a reaction to them. The National Vaccination Information Center http://www.nvic.org/ is full of resources. My sons allergies and immune issues were caused by a severe life threatening reaction to a vaccination. I would research this fully before giving another vaccination. The end result if he reacts badly to one could be more severe than what your dealing with now. I know from experience.

I would also suggest switching to an organic diet or as much as you can. Pesticides have an irrevocable effect of the human body as well as the immune system. Pesticides, insecticides etc in the food can make allergy and immune issues worse. By eliminating them from the diet as much as possible the body can "heal" itself. Our environment along with our diets determines our health and the health of our children.

Hope it helps.

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D.T.

answers from Atlanta on

My daughter can't drink milk so she drinks soy milk, but she can eat foods with milk in them, like cupcakes. She does have a problem with ice cream and can only eat it in small amounts. On occasion we have made soy ice cream which is very good. I once had a child in my class who was allergic to eggs and discovered that cupcakes can be made without eggs. They still taste good but are a little crumbly. the peanut allergy is actually the most difficult to deal with. You will have to carefully read labels. You will also have to be very careful when eating out since many restaurants use peanut oil in their food. Peanut oil is also very hard to wash off. I once used an ice cream scoop in peanut butter ice cream, then washed it thoroughly by hand and in the dishwasher, then used it to scoop ice cream which was given to a child with a peanut allergy who promptly broke out. He also broke out when other kids in the class used peanut butter to make bird feeders. His peanut allergy was considered mild and he was having all those problems. The peanut allergy seemed to get worse as he grew whereas the others got better. I don't meant to scare you, but in my experience peanut allergies seem to be the worst.

PS- My daughter absolutely loves vanilla and chocolate soy milk, but the plain soy milk is kinda gross.

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D.D.

answers from Atlanta on

My daughter is 3 and she had the same 3 allergies. The milk allergy she grew out of by the time she was 2 which was nice. I breastfed as well and then put her on soy milk for the next year - she loved it and did great with it with no problems. There is a Yogurt called Soy Baby made by the Yo Baby people which is good too. As you said, the peanut thing is easy - just keep him away from all nuts, since usually "peanut" can mean several different nuts. The egg allergy is the hardest for me, but really not that bad. It really makes you make them eat healthier since it helps you to stay away from snacks and breaded foods. The easiest thing I've found is just just keep it simple, which is also healthiest, just stick with the breads, fruit, veggies and meat and he can have all of that. Watch things like pasta and breading, some breads and even pizza crust as they can all have eggs in them. Someone else mentioned Cherrybrook, they have lots of good packaged foods for people with allergies. Luckily everything is labeled really well now and most restaurants have allergen guides, usually they are seperate from the normal menus, so just ask for them if you go out to eat (or look them up online before you go). Good luck!

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C.C.

answers from Charleston on

Hi A.,

I too feel your pain as my 20 month old son has the exact same food allergies: milk, eggs, peanuts. I was similarly shocked and confused when I was given this information, but rest assured that there are actually TONS of options. Soy and rice milk are alternatives you can use in recipes. I actually give my son soy milk with his meals in place of cow's milk. You will also find that eggs are not really a HUGE problem. I feed my son vegetables, meats, fruits...he doesn't really eat many baked goods for obvious reasons....but they are young enough that they don't know much different. You can find egg replacer products at health food stores, so you can certainly substitute. I am a member of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and they have several recipes you can use. They also send you newsletters with food allergy updates. Keep your chin up--milk and egg allergies are commonly outgrown--about 80% of children will outgrow these. Peanuts are a different story, but many schools are nut free now, which helps us out! On a positive note, I have actually discovered that a non-dairy diet is much healthier...so try to see this in a good light!!

Hope that helps!

C.

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M.

answers from Atlanta on

I gave my daughter goat's milk and she loved it. She is allergic to eggs but she can eat them if they are cooked in something like cookies. But she can't eat scrambled eggs, quiche, or mayonaise. You will have to try these out and see how he reacts. Here is a website called www.allergymama.com She does dairy, egg, and nut free recipes, and snack. Also a book called The Food Allergy Mama's Baking Book by Kelly Rudnicki
Good Luck!

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H.W.

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Two good sites you want to start reading up on are
www.westonaprice.org for how to feed kids correctly.
www.bodyecology.com for how to restore your child.

You also should avoid soy like the plague if you have a child with a peanut allergy because most soy about 99 percent is GMO and it is modified with peanut DNA.

You should never feed any non fermented soy to little boys as the estrogen in it can mess them up for life... Plus it will further exaserbate the allergies.
http://reliableanswers.com/med/soy.asp

Once you have read Body ecology's work and restored your childs gut. Then you should reintroduce milk, but only raw milk, the pasturized stuff in the stores is poison and should never be fed to humans or any animal for that matter, read up on this at Weston A Price and Drmercola.com

For the egg allergies pat your peditrition on the back and thank him for causing this with the vaccinations they have been giving your kids. Most egg allergies are caused by the fact that the protiens for the vaccines are grown in egg protien, this in conjunction with all the other chemicals in the vaccine lower your childs immunity over all making them more prone to allergies and illness's and cause them to have a reaction to eggs. Start researching this and hold off on anymore vaccines until you fully understand this concept. A good place to begin is the Vaccinations yahoogroup.

You can also google Egg Allergies Vaccine Reactions to learn more about this.

Once you start looking for healthy food and how to make sure your house is chemical and toxin free to heal your kids that is where I can help. I offer private consults to parents looking to find the best healiest food in town to maximize the parents other efforts.

Hope this helps.
H.
www.trulyhealthybaby.com

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