Hi everyone...I saw this thread and just had to chime in. Our 3 year old dd has anaphylactic food allergies to milk, peanuts and sesame. She is also highly allergic to eggs (maybe ana...we just don't go there.) Allergic to sunflower. We avoid all nuts, seafood, and seeds. She has environmental allergies, eczema since birth and asthma. We don't leave the house without an epi-pen. Our 6 month old dd is showing signs of milk allergy through my breastmilk...initially not and I added some back into my diet and he developed mild eczema (not nearly as bad as his sister was at that age...but I am back to avoiding it.)
I saw Melissa's post...that she had some issues with POFAK (parents of food allergic kids board on yahoo.) While they do not address issues with alternative or non-allopathic treatment of food allergies I have found them to be an EXCELLENT resource and very welcoming. There are many parents with kids with non-IGE mediated allergies there too. Lots of what to feed ideas, great research files and I found great support there as well. There are some strong personalities but it is a high volume list, so others shine through as well. It may not be for everyone, but it's worth checking out. Oh, yahoo also has a group called "FAAT" (food allergy alternative treatment) that discussed NAET/chiro and others as well. (I'm on both lists.)
We have gone the allopathic route and see a pediatric allergist. It is much harder to use alternative treatments with an anaphylactic food allergy as many of them involve eventual ingestion of some sort of the problem food...and I am unwilling to think about how awful that would be for us. RAST blood testing does involve taking blood which isn't fun...but it was helpful to us. Skin testing CAN be more gentle (unless you're testing lots of stuff at once.) However, skin testing is unreliable with the presence of skin rashes/eczema or kids with super sensitive skin (more false negatives or hard to read results.) Of course, if your allergies are not IGE based, they will not be picked up by either of these.
However, GI reactions can very well be IGE mediated, especially in the presence of eczema. Anaphylactic reactions are systemic and can include symptoms of any body organ. I know some people that have had success with IGG testing and others that haven't. YMMV...the research is a bit sketchy...but if it helps YOUR child then YAY!
And, though it can be troubling when I hear someone refer to milk intolerance as allergy...it is mostly because I don't want people thinking that MY child can be fed her allergens when it could very likely kill her. However, sensitivities and intolerances are not exactly a picnic (miserable sick child and terrible for the parents too...) and I know how people tend to blow off these intolerances, so I can totally understand a parent calling this an allergy. Afterall, the child can't and shouldn't eat the food (continuing to do so can really harm the digestive tract and that is no laughing matter.)
This was long! Anyway, I'll probably be a lurker but I'll try and post too. Since my experience has veered away from alternative therapies and into the mainstream, I'm also looking forward to hearing those experiences. I'll fess up and say I am an RN in an ICU but I am absolutely open to anything and will refrain from judgement without experience. (on the other hand I'm an aspiring homebirth midwife and my sister is studying naturpathy :LOL )
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