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#1 of 6 Old 02-21-2007, 05:00 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Wanted to say hi. I have an 14 month old with allergies to peanut, egg, wheat, dairy, and soy. I found this out 2 weeks ago. Very frustrating. Nobody in the family has any allergies (food, medicine, or enviornmental). When I asked the allergist how this happened, he said it was because of the things I ate when pregnant and when breastfeeding. Very frustrating. How in am I suppose to know that???!!!!?

My ds is always sick - ear infections, viruses, blah, blah, blah. What if these allergies are contributing to him being so sick? And here I caused it. . .

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Yes, allergies can contribute to illness. NOw that its eliminated from his diet, I bet he stays healthier! Allergies stink!
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No one knows what makes a child allergy prone, except that heridty can play a part and allergies are increasing.

You didn't do anything wrong. What was the alternative? Cow or soy formula--both big allergens? Should you have given up BFing's known and proven benefits for hypoallergenic forumla which you had no reason to beleive your kid needed?

Does this allergist think all BFing moms should avoid all the top allergens while pg and bfing? what about the nutritional issues of such a limited diet for all moms bfing?

Kids can be allergic to anything; you know what now and can avoid. And the allergist wasn't clear or helpful in what he said. You made a good choice to bf.

i'm so tired I can't be clear, but you shouldn't blame yourself. I have never heard a nursing/PG woman be advised (absent any history of allergies) to avoid any particular food except peanuts--and that's a not-completely-agreed-upon-recommendation.

My kid is allergic to egg dairy peanuts treenuts rice--and I avoided peanuts for years during PG and BFing. I ate tons of soy and wheat and corn, which my son is NOT allergic to... there is no clear easy causal link.

If you haven't already found the forums at http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org, they were a lifesaver for my family dealing with DS#2's multi-food-allergies. It's worth the money if you have it, and worth asking for the subisdized membership if you don't have the money on hand. Best site I found for helping manage multiple food allergies, elim diets, altering recipes, handling family resistance to allergy-safety issues, etc etc.
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What a moron! Like every other bf'ing mama doesn't eat similar diets!

Obviously he knows nothing about how the immune system of a babe develops.

I think the allergies do contribute to him being sick but not in the literal way you say. I know how I "caused" all my DS's allergies (read "my medical hx of antibiotics, amalgam fillings, digestive problems and deficient diet") but that only makes me stronger to fight to help him.

Immune support is hard work, and most doctors know absolutely nothing about the basics of super nutrition.
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More re: being sick all the time...

I think it stems from the immune system being on constant hyperalert due to allergies, coupled with nutritional deficiencies that can be made worse with an improperly working digestive system.
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Don't blame yourself. The same thing has happened to me. My 15 month old ds has multiple allergies; eggs, peanut, dairy, soy and wheat. I ate all that stuff thru-out all three of my pregnancies. My first two have no food allergies that I know of, well one confermed. DD#2 had blood test when she was 3 years old. We thought she was allergic, but no.

I have no idea how our last child has food allergies and we don't. My dh and I have evironmental ones, but not bad. Life just goes on. God gives us everything we can handle.

Good luck and many,many hugs to you and yours.

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