Little background. Son was born and immediately developed eczema. I did an elimination diet when he was 5 months old. He cleared up and I was able to go back to eating all foods but he was found to be allergic and/or sensitive to just about everything. As he has gotten older we have been able to add things to his diet.
When he was 4 we did skin and blood tests for foods and environmental allergies. He tested positive for wheat, corn, milk, tree nuts and peanuts, lentils, eggs and sesame seeds. And I think soy. Also a ton of environmental, at least one from each season. 2 years ago we retested for eggs and they are no longer an allergen.
He only has immediate reactions to tree nuts and peanuts, lentils, seasame seeds, and milk so he NEVER eats those foods. However, wheat, corn and soy never cause outward reactions so I have let him eat those to avoid him being further excluded from a normal life of those around him. Now however, I am beginning to think that it might be a good idea to clean out his system completely. He seems to always suffer from stuffy and runny nose, and an asthma cough, not to mention that he complains of his skin itching all the time and being incredibly cranky which I have always chalked up to personality.
So how do I go about doing a safe elimination diet on him? Do I take out all possible allergens or only those he has shown positive to? Do I take him off his allergy medication also (he is on flounase, claritan, qvar and occasional proair or albuteral)? He is in school so would I just take him out for 2 weeks or just pick him up for lunch?
When I did the elimination diet I only ate chicken, rice, pinto beans, bananas and spinach with olive oil and salt and pepper for several weeks.
I appreciate all the advice and knowledge here.