DD has multiple food protein intolerances. I have been dealing with it on my own for 6 months, but we are starting solids and I wanted some guidance. Our ped has no experience with this in a BF baby, so I asked for a referral to a ped GI. I really just wanted some guidance, told them both I didn't want anything invasive done. DD is gaining weight just fine and developmentally on track. Of course, that fell on deaf ears. They both want to do blood tests, to identify or rule out IGE reactions. I guess it would be nice to know if she has actual allergies to certain foods, but I'm just so against anything that will cause her pain. The ped GI took a stool sample, using her finger, which caused DD to bleed. It was horrible and I cried (so did DD).
So, how bad is it to have blood taken? DD is 8 months. Also, if they are looking for dairy, soy, corn, etc antibodies, do I need to eat those things before the test to give her a chance to react to them so they will show up on the blood test? I keep wavering back and forth on this. DD wants to eat "real food" so badly. I can't eat around her without her lunging for my plate. The only solid I have found that she tolerates so far is yams. Rice cereal, pears, apples and peas are the other foods we've tried.