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My Food Allergy Kid

Joseph - Our Food Allergy KidJoseph was born in March 2010. We self-identified his allergies via food elimination technique, and then in April 2012 had them confirmed via the skin poke test. Here is a list of foods he reacts to, as well as what happens if he eats them.

  • Dairy – It used to be that if Joseph even touched cow’s milk he would break out in hives. The first time he drank cow’s milk formula, his hives were so big I was afraid he was going to have anaphylaxis. Thankfully, that has never happened. The size of the hives has gone down as he’s gotten older, but if he eats it, he will get diarrhea and pretty bad diaper rash. In the past, he has not been able to tolerate milk in baked goods, but our doctor has encouraged us to try again.
  • Gluten – While the allergist only tested Joseph for sensitivity to wheat (which was positive), when he ate barley (which also contains gluten) he got cranky, the eczema on the backs of his knees and around his ankles flared up, and he got constipated, which are the same things that happen when he eats wheat. So we avoid all gluten. The next time he sees the allergist, I will ask them to test all gluten containing grains. Thankfully, because this appears to be an allergy and not Celiac Disease, it appears that he will have a chance to grow out of it, though it may take a few years.
  • Nuts – Joseph tested positive to almond, hazelnut, walnut, cashew, pecan, pinenut, pistachio, and peanuts. Though he tested negative to brazil nuts and macadamia nuts, we feel it safer to just avoid all nuts. That way we avoid cross contamination, and forgetfulness. I have never seen anaphylaxis when he’s been exposed to nuts, thankfully, but he has broken out in hives, and gotten really bad diaper rash after eating them. (As a side note, while coconut is classified as a treenut, he eats it with no problem, so coconut shows up in my recipes quite a bit)
  • Eggs – Even though Joseph tested positive to egg whites, he can tolerate them in baked goods, so my blog is not egg-free. But when he eats scrambled eggs, he does break out in small hives, and then he’ll refuse to touch them. So I will not have any low cooked egg recipes (custards, omelets, etc) on this blog unless he proves able to handle them.
  • Soy – Until Joseph was two years old, whenever he ate soy, his eczema would flare up and he would get diarrhea. So, my first year of posts on this blog are all soy-free. However, his allergy test came back negative to soy, and now when he eats it, his eczema does not flare, although he does get constipated. So, I will be bringing soy back occasionally to my blog.

Of the remaining allergens in the big 8 – we know Joseph can tolerate fish, so that will be occasionally showing up on my blog, and we have never tried shellfish, since we eat it so rarely.

(Last updated May 2, 2012)

19 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2012 5:09 pm

    Hi! My child has basically the same allergy as yours. Milk, wheat, eggs, fish, nuts. It’s not just a suspicion, I actually fought for a food allergy test, it was well worth the fight!
    Her reaction os mostly eczema too, but it gets to the point of bleeding, since she’s too young and won’t stop itching :(
    I think your blog will be a great help for me! Thanks for sharing your recipes!
    God bless!

    • February 27, 2012 7:18 pm

      Joseph’s also got to the point of bleeding before we eliminated his allergens from his diet. It’s so sad when they won’t stop scratching, and clipping their nails doesn’t help. Thanks for commenting.

  2. March 23, 2012 4:02 am

    I recently found out that my 10 month old is also allergic to milk. I can’t thank you enough for blogging and sharing your knowledge. You have been so helpful! Thank you.

    • March 23, 2012 7:41 am

      You’re very welcome. It’s very overwhelming to discover your child has allergies. I’m glad my experiences are helping you.

  3. March 24, 2012 11:11 am

    Same here (except the wheat and soy but add in szesame). Looking forward to following your blog x

  4. Stacy permalink
    April 6, 2012 8:13 pm

    I am just curious why you haven’t had your son tested? My daughter is allergic to eggs, tree nuts and peanuts. She recently grew out of her soy allergy.

    • April 7, 2012 7:44 am

      My husband didn’t feel comfortable having him tested until after he turned 2. I think part of it was he wanted to give him the chance to grow out of it on his own, but we haven’t seen that. Now that he’s had his second birthday, I’ll be having him tested soon.

  5. April 6, 2012 8:58 pm

    Im glad there are other people out there that have to deal with allergies. My daughter is allergic to nuts and lactose intolerant and my son is allergic to dairy, soy, wheat, and peanuts. He slowly seems to be outgrowing the dairy and soy but wheat is still bad! The doctors had him tested at 6 months b/c his eczema was so bad and he had blood in his stool. That was after I cut dairy out of my diet when he was being breastfed! I would love to see more research on why so many children have these food allergies when parents are allergy free.

    • April 7, 2012 7:46 am

      eczema and blood in the stool even while breastfed – I remember it well. I’ve actually seen some family history of wheat in my family and dairy allergies in my husband’s family, and my guess is when the two combined, Joseph’s immune system just went haywire.

  6. October 31, 2012 4:55 am

    thanks for the receipes! my 3yr old Emma has dairy,tree nut,shellfish,cashew allergies so I know how you feel! hope you guys have a safe and fun halloween!

  7. November 16, 2012 9:36 am

    Oh, the poor thing. He sounds like me when I was a kid. I had food allergies to EVERYTHING and had really bad eczema (at times covering the majority of my body). I hope he will outgrow some of them – I did outgrow my milk allergy which is a plus!

  8. Rebekah Maines permalink
    August 23, 2013 5:47 am

    my baby daughter has eczema that showed up when she was 3 months old and has progressively gotten worse. I am breastfeeding her so I went on a elimination diet with no real improvement. We had a blood allergy test done for Wheat, egg, oats, rice, dairy, corn, soy, with no positives. We had skin test for Dust, Mold, Dog, Cat, Chocolate, and 4 types of Grasses, With only a small reaction to Dust. I know in my heart that there has to be something triggering it. We have switched to laundry soap with no detergent, I’ve started cleaning house with natural products, switched my soap, shampoo also. We bought a expensive filter for the air conditioner, and put a air purifier were she sleeps. I put aquaphor on her and she has antihistimine everyday. With all of this it seems to just be the same or worse. What else can I do

    • August 23, 2013 11:27 am

      I am surprised that they didn’t test nuts in the blood test. That was my first daughter’s worst allergy. If you eat nuts regularly, try cutting it back for a week to see if it improves. My daughter had really bad eczema as a baby and it improved once I stopped eating nuts (BFing). And we tested her for food allergies later on and found out she is deadly allergic to all types of nuts!

  9. Sarah Otto permalink
    February 12, 2014 6:13 pm

    It is so will wonderful to find recipes that I can fix for my 8 year old. A year ago we found out she had toxoplasmosis in her brain. That has been a battle all in its self but while she was having her treatments her behavior was changing. She had never been allergic to anything so we thought that it was damage done by the parasite…..we were wrong. An allergy test showed there were 13+ things she could no longer eat. These foods didn’t not hurt her tummy but changed her personality. When she ate these foods she would be very violent which was completely out of character. Changing her diet helped her be a well behaved child again. I’m thankful for sites like this.

    • February 12, 2014 7:43 pm

      You’re welcome. I’m sorry for all the stress you must have in helping your daughter.

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