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Daycare has noted that DD2 (18 months) is scratching at her hands a lot. I haven't noticed that at home at all. There are never any red marks, rash, or excoriations on her hands when I've inspected them. I've asked that they record when this happens and what activity they just finished and are currently doing. I wanted to see if it was at mealtime or perhaps during art.

Now tonight at supper she was happily eating. I left the table to refill her milk glass. When I come back she is in tears, crying, biting at her hands, rubbing at her eyes. She had little marks on her hands she was biting at them so hard! She looked liked they were hurting her. I washed her off, picked her and consoled her. Next thing I know she is back in her chair eating again. No further problems. I have seen her in the past biting her hands at mealtimes, but I'm not sure what she was eating at the time.

She was eating whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and hamburger (goulash). She had not yet touched her vegetable. I'm leaning towards the tomato sauce, but earlier this week she had spaghetti which had tomato sauce and had no problems.

Should I get a blood test to look for something? I'm going to go do some more reading about this.

Thanks!
 

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??? I developed excema on my breasts at the same time I introduced my daughter to pasta and red sauce. I used to always give it to her for lunch and then nurse her down for her nap because it would fill her up. I still haven't proven that I'm allergic to tomatoes, but its my new year's resolution. I remember hearing stories about my grandma being allergic to tomatoes which also makes me suspicious. if you suspect tomatoes, you might have to eliminate the whole nightshade family: tomatoes, potatoes (including potato starch), eggplant, sweet peppers, and chilies. what i've read about eliminating it is that you have to get rid of all of them for 7-10 days, then reintroduce at every meal and watch for 48-72 hours before f you decide if you have an allergy to nightshade.

HTH and that its something else. a toddler without ketsup is like a fish out of water...

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Unfortunately, wheat is an allergy for alot of people. I would guess that before tomato.
My dd has a peanut and nut allergy, so I know what it's like.
It is imparitive you have it checked out. Some allegies become worse over time.
Best of luck. Keep us posted.
 

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My ds is also 18 months and is allergic to milk, eggs, and tomato. He does okay with taters (thank God - as we subsitute them as a base in lots of things that call for milk) but we do avoid the other nightshade veggies.

The pp is correct in that lots of people are allergic to wheat though tomato is on the list of the top 15 most common allergens for kids as well. I would eliminate the foods and make an appointment with an allergist for a scratch test of the foods that you suspect. My ds reacts in much the sameway to these foods touching him and actually has trouble breathing if he ingests them. You may be noticing the difference in the reaction based on whether she is finger feeding and it is touching her hands versus whether she is having a successful day with her fork or being feed by you.

Good luck - HTH

BJ
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