I haven't been here much, having figured out all of the foods my DS was allergic (egg, maybe sesame) to and intolerant (many) of when he was very young (with loads of help from MDC mommies) we had devised alternative recipes and have just been putting one foot in front of the other for almost four years. Having had some ongoing intolerance symptoms since as early as 2 mos, my DS had an anaphylactic rxn to egg (and possible sesame) when he was 8mos. old. It was the second time he had ever eaten egg, and I thought I was giving him only yolk, but he vomited violently until he tore a hole in his esophagus and was vomiting blood. His face was blueish, he was limp in my arms, and despite our having sped him to a reputable hospital in a major city, we were ignored, then told it was a Mallory Weiss tear...but it wasn't until I researched it myself that I put it all together and knew he's been in anaphylaxis for that period of time.
We did an ED, and it took a long time to isolate everything that caused problems. But by age two, he (finally) started having brown, normal poops and there were no more rashes, eczema, etc. We were on a very restricted diet for some time, have added in foods very slowly, and only recently (last 8 months or so) have stopped carefully limiting things like wheat and corn that had proved most bothersome. He really does not seem to react to anything in his current diet ever, but there are still things he's never eaten (fish, nut, shellfish) and things he's not eaten for over three years (egg, sesame).
So now that he is 4.5 years old, I am looking at putting him into school, and I figure prior to that, I really need to know whether I have to do the whole Epipen thing with the school, of if he has outgrown the egg/ sesame allergy and can eat those things now. Not that I am interested in feeding a lot of these items, I only want to determine whether he can be safe without emergency interventions at school.
So last week I had blood testing done for IgE (RAST), as we had a positive RAST immediately following the rxn when he was a baby (I had to ask the ped, but they did it). And this recent test came back negative for all foods that they had checked. He does not have a measurable IgE for egg, or for sesame, or for anything else. Thus, I believe the next reasonable thing to do is a food trial in the allergist's office.
I guess I wanted to bring it here now, to see what other moms have done in a supervised food trial. It seems to me that it's nice to have the MD standing there for the first time, but wouldn't it be the SECOND time that would be really scary? And I believe it should be at least 4 days between exposures, right?
I did do some preliminary searches for older discussions on this topic here on MDC, and didn't find any that seem to be the same. If I missed something I apologize. Although I am writing primarily for help around the food trial, I am open to feedback about other parts of this if a momma has something to say.