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Background: We don't have any family history of food (or any, other than minor seasonal) allergies, but my son is sensitive to dairy (chronic ear infections when eating dairy which cleared up when it was removed from his diet).
When my daughter was about 2-3 months old, she developed pretty bad eczema on her face and hands. I suspected she might be sensitive to dairy that I was consuming--this was around the same time that we were realizing that my son was sensitive--but the doctor sort of blew the suggestion off (she also had occasional blood in her stools, which I read can also signal a dairy sensitivity). When we cut dairy out of my son's diet, I cut way back on dairy myself, and her rash cleared up considerably. A naturopath recommended that slippery elm be her first food, and we gave it to her at about 7-8 months (only a few times, though; she didn't like it and wasn't eating solids yet), and hte rash cleared up entirely. Over time, I've added more dairy back into my diet, but she's never had a reaction.
At about 10 months, she was given a Gerber "wagon wheel," and, shortly after she ate it, she got a blotchy rash on her face, particularly around her mouth. We tested it a couple times after that (it wasn't a very serious reaction and it cleared up on its own within 30 minutes or so), and there was a clear correlation between the wagon wheels and the rash. I noted that the wagon wheels did have dairy (cheese) in them.
Recently (she's 12 months), she had a little bit of macaroni and cheese for the first time, and shortly afterwards she had a blotchy and slightly-raised rash around her eyes, which she was rubbing (not sure which came first--the rubbing or the rash). It cleared up within 30-45 minutes. Today, she had a little macaroni and cheese again, and while she was eating it, she developed this same red rash around her mouth--you could almost see that she was breaking out where it was touching her skin.
Is this typical (of a child with a dairy sensitivity/allergy)? Am I right to think that cheese (or dairy in general) is the culprit? I guess I've never heard of this type of reaction, and I want to be sure I'm not avoiding the wrong food.