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Angrylilmom posted:
Hi my name is Heather. I have a son who will be 9yrs next week and he has severe asthma as well as horrible outside allergies which he will be starting allergy shots and he is on meds and then found out he has as of now 26 food allergies(grape, peach, corn, orange, cashew, chocolate, pork, tomoato, almond, carrot, chicken, egg, milk, oat, peanut, rice, soy, strawberry, turkey, wheat, greenbean, banana, apple, hazelnut, cherry ) on top of which he has acid reflux and EE so right now we r waiting to see a nutritionist but that will not be til the 29 of july so i guess my question is what the heck is he suppose to eat any advice would be greatly appreciated his gastro dr wants us to try him on a 6 week elemental diet and rescope him to see if there is any improvement Im so lost and do not know where to turn.
Thanks for letting me vent.
MrsWhiteCastle responded:
Hello and welcome to the board! I'm sorry that any of us have to be here, but I'm glad you found us. :)

Has your allergist told you to avoid all of his allergens? Is he having reactions to those foods?

It is really, really overwhelming when you first get the diagnosis. I can only imagine how hard it would be for you with that list. It takes awhile for it to really sink in. Also, those first few trips to the grocery store take forever while you read every label.

I see that you have most of the major allergens listed there -- peanut, tree nut, dairy, soy, egg, and wheat. My suggestion is to stick to whole foods and try to avoid processed ones as much as possible for awhile. The fewer ingredients on the label, the safer it should be.

My daughter is allergic to tree nuts (cashews and pistachios), so I can help if you have any questions about those in particular. With that list, though, tree nuts is probably the least of your worries right now!

I know that there are other posters that have had to deal with milk, egg, and wheat allergies. Hopefully they can give you more help.
Emily (6 - allergic to tree nuts) Elizabeth (4)
seeit2 responded:
Welcome to the board. Your list is overwhelming for sure. Does the allergist have any other advice as far as which foods to definitely avoid and which not? Sometimes if you look that the "numbers" from blood testing you can start to narrow down which foods might be more dangerous than others. Personally I would camp out on the allergist's doorstep until I got more advice about how to feed your child.

Like MrsW said, whole foods will be your best bet, as well as the label reading. Enjoy Life is a brand that stays away from the top 8 allergens but I don't know about some of the others on your list. Your child may be stuck with a very limited variety of foods for awhile. Hopefully the fact that he will be feeling better physically will be of some comfort to him while you guys figure it out.
Deb (40) DD (4) Funny, spirited, curious, has a severe milk allergy, DS (1) fearless and bottomless, peanut allergy
ryanandleigh responded:
Sounds like my daughter - everything they tested her for showed as allergic on her blood test. The allergist had us eliminate the highest allergens and work our way down but I found it very hard to eliminate all the foods and even the doctor didn't think we would be able to. It turned out dairy was a big one for her even though the number was lower than many of the other foods. What sort of reaction does he get when he eats these foods? Have you tried keeping a food diary of what he ate and what he reacted to? Were these determined from the skin scratch test or a blood test? I agree with the others that it is overwhelming when you first get the results. I didn't find our allergist (or our dermatologist) particularly concerned. They keep hoping she will grow out of it. We are right now seeking helping from a NAET specialist and have seen some great results with her reactions to foods.

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