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I never really thought my kids had food allergies/intolerance, but after reading another post I think ds2 could. Besides the obvious signs of allergies (hives throat closing, etc.) I didn't know that wanting to eat the same thing all the time could mean the body had an issue with that food.<br><br>
For ds it's yogurt, or I guess dairy though yogurt and butter are the only dairy we eat. He asks for it all the time and usually eats a bowl 2-3 times a day. I never thought it was a big deal, I though it was healthy. He gets plain full fat yogurt with blueberries, or raisins if we are out, and grape nuts, sometimes low sugar homemade granola if we are out of GN. I also try and add ground up nuts since he doesn't seem to digest whole nut very well. It's not that he doesn't eat other foods, he is a pretty good eater, he just eats a lot of yogurt and it's the only food he asks for every single day more then once. It is kind of a stand by easy to make snack for him, sometimes it will be dinner, but it is always breakfast if we have it.<br><br>
He is, always has been, on the small side. He was 21 pounds at his 18 month visit and the dr. was always concerned about his weight, even though he has been consistently gaining weight just not much. We didn't take him to a doctor until he was probably 6 month or more, the doctor didn't like that and I think that is why they were always concerned about his weight because he was small then but they didn't have any previous record to compare. They never gave him the FTT label or anything.<br><br>
So I am not really concerned about his eating or his weight, he is just a small little guy as far I am concerned.<br><br>
Should I be concerned? Do I just ask the doctor to test him for any/all allergies/intolerance or do I need to pick out specific ones? We are going to a new doctor in a few weeks and I am looking forward to it for once.
 

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Does he have any other issues? My youngest's dairy allergy shows up in the form of ezcema, diarrhea, cold like symptoms and extra crankiness.<br><br>
Kids go through spurts of eating the same thing constantly (at least mine have) so I wouldn't base it just on that. You could always eliminate dairy for a few weeks to see, but if he has no other symptoms, it would be hard to tell.
 

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I'm trying to think how to word this nicely... I guess I feel like a lot of people around MDC feel like it its almost "cool" to have allergies/intolerances, either themselves and/or their kids. And thus look for (and sometime find) them where they don't otherwise exist, yk? Just cause' your kid likes yogurt I do *not* see that as a sign that he's intolerant to it (let alone is allergic to it!!). I think we all go through spurts of eating lots of one thing, and some people just *REALLY* like one thing - I loved pb&j growing up and ate it at least 1x a day, if not 2 or 3x!! So... yeah. Just cause' everyoen else seems to have allergies/intolerances around here, doesn't mean you/your kids do too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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He does not have any other symptoms, aside from loose stools but that is to be expected when you eat a lot of yogurt and/or oatmeal with fruit, right?<br><br>
He is and always has been perfectly healthy - minus one runny nose he has never been sick in his life so far. His love affair with yogurt has been going on for a year now and is only getting stronger, I use to buy only 2 quarts of yogurt and it would last the whole week but now I buy 4 and still run out the day before our grocery shopping day.<br><br>
I guess I just overreacted for a second, I don't think I will be asking for a allergy/intolerance test at the dr.'s.
 

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My dd is dairy intolerant (ezcema, diarrhea, etc). She has had allergy testing done and her test shows nothing positive for dairy, despite the fact that I know if I give it to her she will break out. After the past few months of dealing with various other health issues with her I have lost faith in the testing process.
 

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I guess one question is how loose are his stools and by having loose stools does it mean that he's not absorbing the nutrients.<br><br>
My kids (and I) have food intolerances, and I definitely don't think it's cool or something anyone would want to have. However, I do think a lot of people have them and don't know it. It is true that kids/people with intolerances often crave what they're intolerant to, but usually there are other symptoms (behavioral, rashes/eczema, sleep problems, diarrhea or constipation, etc.). So if there aren't any, then don't worry about it. And yes, the best way to tell if there is a problem is removing it from the diet (all the way, not just cutting back) for a few weeks and seeing if there's a difference. Tests aren't all that useful unless it's an IgE allergy (hives etc that you were thinking of).
 

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I think a lot of people "think" they have problems when they really don't-<br><br><a href="http://www.aolhealth.com/2010/05/12/study-food-allergies-may-be-over-diagnosed/" target="_blank">http://www.aolhealth.com/2010/05/12/...ver-diagnosed/</a>
 
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