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I am posting because I was worried about initiating the MD route to diagnose and deal w/ our DS's dietary issues, so I figure I should share now that we did.<br><br>
We had an OK time at the DR's. He had the bedside manner of a rock...moved DS sideways like a sack of potatoes on the exam table while my back was turned with not so much as a word of warning to the child. Of course this prompted screaming and writhing (he's 15 mos)...then Mr. Medical Concern looks disdainfully at my son, asking if he does this at the pediatricians as well. My honest reply..."no, he doesn't". Take that and stick it in your ego.<br>
The upside; the RAST blood test confirmed that he's allergic to eggs...(so that's why we ended up at the emergency room when he violently vomited until it was blood)...and because I hadn't been avoiding peripheral sources it could have been causing the intermittent diarrhea all along. I can now sort yet another thing out of our diet (prior to this we're no milk, soy, wheat, tree nuts or legumes)...but hopefully once that's out for a bit then we can add wheat back in (allergist's suggestion) and cross our fingers that it wasn't the culprit behind the latest bowel concerns at all. Sure did seem to help though when I took it out, so I guess I will move slowly and keep very vigilant.<br>
It was good to be told that his diet looks good, and it's great that now I'll have the opportunity to consult w/ the pediatric dietician. The MD decided not to do the scratch tests for the time being. I had been dreading it, so I was relieved, and I hope the decision was based on medical opinion, not what time he'd like to get home for the evening. (I know, it's a pretty jaded perspective.) He just didn't seem to have much time for my questions.
 

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It's hard, I know, we are just starting out down this road. So glad you got at least one concrete answer.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">s<br>
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Is this a pediatric allergist? Ours isn't the greatest with kids either, but at least he's understanding about the fact that my daughter won't talk to him or look at him and will cling to me like a little monkey when she's getting examined (my daughter has issues with people she doesn't know, esp. men.)
 

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yes, or so they say.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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DS had the scratch testing done yesterday and it wasn't nearly as bad as I had been dreading. The nurse tested him for about 50-60 things (an individual poke for each on on his back). She had all of them done in under 2 minutes. Then all I had to do was distract him for the 20 minutes it took until it was time to read the test (his favorite book and movie did the trick). Honestly, the answers we got from the testing were well worth the few uncomfortable minutes.<br><br>
Are there any other pediatric allergists in your area? Ask around for others' experiences with different doctors. The one we visited was great with DS and took lots of time with us to explain everything being done and what needs to be done in the future.
 
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