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I just came back from the allergist, for Aramis' blood test results.<br><br>
My son is allergic to:<br><br>
* Dogs<br>
* Cats<br>
* Peanuts<br>
* Eggs<br>
* Milk<br>
* Casein (A protein in Milk)<br>
* Wheat<br>
* Sesame Seeds<br><br>
And because of his peanut allergy, he has to have an Epi Pen. (Epi Pen Jr to be exact.) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I've been giving him goat milk since I suspected the milk allergy. The allergist is telling me to give Aramis soy milk, but I've been hearing some not so good things about soy milk.<br><br>
I don't know what to do. I broke down in the car about things that a kid should have during their childhood. But he can't because of these allergies. I am hoping that he out grows most of these allergies. I am also hoping that he does not develop asthma.<br><br>
Right now he is on Zyrtec and we're basically avoiding these ingredients. And since I am still breastfeeding, I'm avoiding these as well.<br><br>
However, I am trying to look at the silver lining. At least, this will transition my family to eat a little healthier. It's going to be hard to transition ourselves. But I have to do it.
 

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I have to do this testing also for my DS. Hopefully I can get an appointment next week.<br>
I've been giving him goat milk cheese, yogurt and kefir and he seems to handle them just fine. I wouldn't switch to soy, I'd stick with the goat.<br><br>
I've already got an Epi Pen too because he's so allergic to carrots already.<br><br>
My little guy already has asthma.<br><br>
I'm not doing any antihistamines. I do give him some homeopathic allergy remedies that help and are safe.<br><br>
So, in any case, you are not alone.
 

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What are his allergy symptoms? He may be reacting on a low level to the goat milk and you just might not be noticing, especially if he already has eczema and environmental allergies.<br><br>
It might be a safe bet to pull goat milk for a month, see if it helps his symptoms, and try giving it to him again.<br><br>
If you have other sources of fat in his diet, you can probably switch from goat milk to rice milk with no problems.
 

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He's had severe eczema since he was 3 months old. (That's the only allergy symptom. I would notice asthma because my husband has chronic asthma.) I took him to the dermatologist and they just gave him topical steroids. I've been using them since and his allergist told me to stop for two weeks.<br><br>
I have noticed that since I've stopped eating eggs and drinking milk - his eczema lightened up... A LOT! He still has a little of the eczema. The goat milk doesn't seem to be triggering anything. He seems to be handling that pretty well.<br><br>
He eats traditional Hispanic foods, mainly rice, beans and meat. I put veggies in the rice. He seems to be doing great with that.<br><br>
It's just hard to give up foods that I love. But that's just one of the many sacrifices of motherhood. The allergist told me to test every year to see if he does in fact out grow them.<br><br>
Funny thing is, the majority of the flu vaccines contain egg protein and the doctor told me to still give him vaccines. Funny. I don't do them at all.
 

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Do tell, please. I like to avoid medication. And I don't really like giving Zyrtec to my son.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What are his allergy symptoms? He may be reacting on a low level to the goat milk and you just might not be noticing, especially if he already has eczema and environmental allergies.<br><br>
It might be a safe bet to pull goat milk for a month, see if it helps his symptoms, and try giving it to him again.<br><br>
If you have other sources of fat in his diet, you can probably switch from goat milk to rice milk with no problems.</div>
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I would second this. I think it would be hard to know for sure that the goat is non-reactive for him until you pull it for 4-6 weeks or so. Some kids can tolerate it and not tolerate cow, others cannot. My son cannot tolerate cow, so we had thought we would get goats as it is extremely hard to find any milk in this area- after calling around to dozens of farms. finally we did obtain some, but he still had a lower level reaction.<br><br>
I can really relate to the depression and grieving of it all. Let yourself grieve. It is ok.
 

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If you take away corn and tomatoes you will probably see the eczema clear up.<br>
No guarantees but they are the most common eczema triggers.<br><br>
It is possible that the goat milk is causing congestion, which is why I assume you are using the Zyrtec, right? Or is it for the eczema only?<br><br>
Check out Hylands homeopathic remedies in your local health food store. i like some of their cold remedies and their Hayfever remed. You could also contact a Homeopath and they could also do prescription only homeopathy.
 

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Actually, I am using the Zyrtec to control the itching from the eczema. But I will contact a homeopath as soon as I can.<br><br>
I'll take away the goat milk as well. At this point, I am willing to try anything.<br><br>
Thank you all so much for your input. If you have any other remedies I can try, please let me know.
 

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Mama, I wish you were closer; I am in NY, but western ny, and I just took my daughter to a dowser to get allergy tested, and we found out the specifics like you are wondering. She tested bad to wheat, but good to sourdough bread made from wheat. She tested bad to all dairy, but fine to raw yogurt. There was lots of ther findings, but you see how they are double sided.<br>
My daughter suffered from eczema since she was tiny and now she is 18 months. We are seeing immediate results too.
 

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My son has a dairy allergy (epi pen) and our allergist said no goats milk. He said it is similar enough to cow that it could be a problem. We use fortified rice milk or almond milk. I try and avoid soy milk and limit how much my DS does get.<br><br>
My son also had serious sinus issues and eczema which cleared up when we treated his room for dust mites. No rug, no curtains, no stuffed toys in his bed, wrapped the mattress & pillows etc. About 6 months later when he had his allergy blood tests he tested positive for dust mite allergy and we were not surprised.
 

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Eczema could be a response to a food that didn't show up as an allergy (IgE). It could be an intolerance. When my DD has corn, she gets eczema, and Zyrtec doesn't do anything for it. It is the only food that gives her eczema, and it didn't show up on an IgE or an IgG test. So there still may be a food causing it that hasn't been found yet. Just because I don't want you to think just because a food didn't show up on an allergy test that it's not necessarily a problem. If you take out all the foods, and your son still has the eczema, it could still be from a food (or yes, environmental). But take one step at a time.
 
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