DD will be 2 next month and has demonstrated sensitivities to wheat/gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts and potentially other nuts, corn, bananas, blueberries and strawberries.
She has had rashes periodically- sometimes around the mouth, sometimes chest, once full body welts. She has had some bleeding from wheat consuption and dairy and ALL OF IT keeps her up at night for hours at a time. She has had a pinprick rash on her body for 2 days now that I cannot figure out- (is it citric acid or xanthan gum that supposedly has corn sometimes? Is it the corn derived natural flavoring in the soy free earth balance that was fine until now? Did the soap that I accidentally got in her bath contain wheat or corn enough to cause trouble?). So I made an appt with an allergist and immunologist who does scratch testing. The idea of anyone scratching up my babies back makes me sooo sad! I am terrified.
Also unlike the IgG ELISA (could be spelling wrong as dont ahve books in front of me) blood test, I believe they only test for what I already think is an issue so if Im missing something I dont think we will learn this. the Dr. office said that scratch tests are the most reliable for this age. I liked the idea of having a broad spectrum of info like the IgG, but also wondering about reliability.
I remember reading that many allergy tests are not reliable in kids so young, though. I know when I had her testing for gluten sensitivitity with enterolabs (she has the genes for it) they said their tests aren't reliable at that age because one needs longer term exposure and no interference of breast-milk (still breastfeeding).
I would greatly appreciate your sharing any of the following:
(1) what tests you did on your toddler,
(2) how it went and
(3) whether the results were accurate.
(4) if anyone has data on accuracy of the tests on little ones this would be wonderful too.
(5) if your child showed sensitivity to peanuts, did you eliminate all treenuts? She seems to do ok with pinenuts and I wnat her to have nuts since we have gone from vegetarian to vegan with her sensitivites.
(6) for corn, do you think getting rid of the corn-derived flavoring is necesary? What about citric acid and the like?
(7) did you find that your childs allergies lessened during the toddler to preschool years or worsened?
Thank you so much for your help on behalf of me and my sweet little girl who just wants to eat what everyone else is!
(Have a friends bday party with pizza and cake coming up-time for Mama to do some creative cooking!)