I don't know exactly why I am posting, maybe just needing validation and comforting!
My 4.5 year old just tested positive for a milk allergy on the RAST testing. I have suspected something since birth as she had horrible reflux from the moment of birth and has only slept through the night a handful of times in the past 4.5 years. She gets headaches, tummy aches, 'diaper' rash, breaks out in hives after eating strawberries and watermelon (though those two did not show up on RAST as elevated). She also has had major dental issues and had to have 4 teeth removed and every other tooth in her mouth has had crowns placed over them because of decay caused by excess acid production. She has very itchy skin, too. Behaviorally, she has anxiety issues about separation from mommy and daddy and can be moody and emotional at times. She is prone to nightmares (night terrors?) and lately even began to bedwet on occasion after being nighttrained since 2.5 years old.
In an odd way, I was relieved to receive a positive test. I strongly suspected it but feel I lacked the conviction to force her on a dairy free diet without some confirmation, due to a lot of family pressures. But then I came here and read some posts about IgE testing not being very accurate and now I am just looking for further understanding. Any insight or just shared experiences would be great.
FWIW, I now have an 8 month old son who also had reflux and significantly improved after eliminating dairy, wheat and eggs. He had his blood drawn today. Is there any difference in accuracy with an infant? I don't know what to expect with him...he had a stop breathing episode after birth, reflux, skin and diaper rashes, runny nose, goopy eyes and he improved 98% after eliminating above foods. One day after reintroducing dairy he had seizure like convulsions (followed by a second episode a week later). We saw a pediatric neurologist and it was determined that it was not likely actual seizure activity. I later discovered from his pediatrician that this can happen with reflux babies.
Thanks for "listening" and any support you can provide. :)