Thursday, 03 June 2010 13:17

Allergy Testing

Written by Michelle
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Babies are so confusing!  My daughter is now 15 months old and is teething, not sleeping well, and has mucusy stools, all the while I am trying my best to introduce foods to her diet and my diet.  She cannot be figured out.

We saw an allergist a couple of weeks ago and he tested for milk, soy, eggs, peanuts, almonds, pecans, corn, wheat, and oats.  I thought for sure she was allergic to almonds and eggs so that is what I expected to hear.  They poked her back and we waited in the room to see what she would react to.  Other than the control spot, only one spot was getting really red.  I peeked at the paper that listed the allergen codes and it was a shocker...peanuts!  Of all the things, that I did not really expect.  I had taken peanuts out of my diet when she was about 2 months old due to mucusy stools.  Regardless, her two year old brother ate peanut butter sandwiches all the time and I can't always keep his hands off her and she had never had a reaction.  The doctor came in and told us that she had a "severe peanut allergy" and that we needed to have a nut-free house.  Sure, no problem.  Let's just take out a staple of my low-weight two-year-old's diet.  But of course that is what we did because we love our little girl and don't want to see what a peanut reaction might look like.  The allergist did not have tests for several other things she is at least intolerat to: apricots, prunes, coconut, etc.

We have another appointment with the GI doctor on Monday who will decide if she needs a scope.  I suspect a gluten intolerance but like I said, babies are confusing so who knows?!

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