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I am considering havingmy 6-month-old DS's blood drawn for (food) allergy testing. Am I crazy? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: He has not started solids yet.<br><br>
there is some history of food allergies in my family, but none of the life-threatening ones (peanuts, shellfish, etc.). I have read so many stories on here, though, of health problems caused by allergies to corn, gluten, eggs, dairy...it seems like it would be smart to find out if DS has any of these BEFORE giving him solids. I know the test will only show true allergies (IgE??) not intolerances or sensitivities (I know my dad is intolerant of all grains (not gluten) and I am intolerant of fructose...)<br><br>
We have the order for bloodwork from the pediatrician; we got it last week at his 6m WBV. All I have to do is walk a mile to the hospital and have the blood draw.<br><br>
A part of me really want to do this, to know for certain I won't be feeding him anything "bad" for him. Another part wonders if it is worth putting him through the stress and pain. Anyone BTDT? Is it worth doing this before he shows any problems??
 

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I'm not sure how helpful this will be, but I'll take a stab at it.<br><br>
We had my ds tested for a variety of allergens at around 18 months. The allergist, who I really liked, tested for food allergies as well. This was the whole skin-testing and then blood drawing, so I'm not sure if that's the same thing you're talking about. One of the things they tested for was peanuts. I, at the time, hadn't given him any nut-based products yet. When the test for peanuts came back negative, I asked the allergist if that meant we could give him peanut-based products. He advised us to wait until age 3 because food allergies could come up later or also be brought on by introductions to food. So, I don't think that part of the test was as accurate or as cut-and-dry as I was hoping. I wish now that I would have pressed the allergist for more information about food allergies because his explanation sounds a bit weird, but I didn't. He also said that he rarely does allergy testing before 12 months because the testing is not accurate. (again, should have asked why, but didn't...)<br><br>
Sorry if that's confusing. The allergy testing was quite traumatic for all of us involved and I wouldn't do it again unless we had to. I hope that the testing that your ped ordered is different.
 

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If he hasn't shown any problems, then I'm not sure I would do it. It will tell with a 90-95% accuracy if he has an allergy now, but that can evolve over time as he is exposed to those foods. You might do better with not exposing him to the highly allergic foods.<br><br>
No peanuts/nuts until age 3.<br>
No fish/shellfish until age 3.<br>
No eggs until age 2.<br>
No milk until age 1.<br>
No grains until age 1 (including all of the rice cereal)<br><br>
The longer you breast feed the better.
 

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Yeah, we are extending breastfeeding and delaying solids already (planning on starting with avocado, sweet potato, et al at about 8 months).<br><br>
Honestly, I brought it up hoping the ped would talk to us about allergies, but she just said she thought testing was a good idea and brought in the blood draw paperwork (this is just a blood draw, not any skin testing and called PEDS PROGRESSION ALLERGENS on the form). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
I like our ped for a lot of things, but maybe this isn't really her area...I think I'm gonna spend some more time on the Allergy forum before I make a decision.
 

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Peds don't know jack about allergies. You need to speak with an allergist.<br><br>
We plan on doing what mclisa says, no peanuts til 3, etc. with our son (our dd is allergic to peanuts and soy.) He is eating solids now (the kid screams when we're eating and he isn't) but he's only eating pears (the least allergenic food.) I wouldn't start with avocado because while it's really healthy, it's cross reactive with latex, a deadly allergy.<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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REALLY??!! Gah, it seems so many people here start with avo...well, pears are coming into season here in pear country <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I have to pipe in because this is what we're dealing with right now.<br><br>
The reason testing isn't usually recommended for little ones is because you have to be exposed to the allergen for it to show up on the test. If you're still ebf-ing, then your dc *shouldn't* have been exposed to anything yet.<br><br>
I know nothing about the life-threatening responses, except that they're totally separate from food intolerances. Food intolerances are reactions like diarrhea, excema, tummyaches, and behavior responses.<br><br>
If you suspect or are worried about food intolerances, go look into leaky gut RIGHT NOW! Check out the Healing the Gut threads in Health and Healing. Basically, the idea is that most if not all food intolerances can be prevented or healed by a healthy digestive system.<br><br>
Yeah, I don't know much about the whole process yet, but I'm quickly researching and finding very interesting stuff!
 
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