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Dealing with Constant Change

by Erin on August 21, 2012

I have 5 kids – 3 of which (so far!) have food allergies. My oldest was diagnosed at the age of 2 as being allergic to eggs, wheat, chicken, soy, corn, treenuts and peanuts. Thankfully the struggle did not last too long, and she outgrew all her allergies except nuts and peanuts – a breeze compared to the previous list!

Then my 3rd came along – allergic to tomatoes and dairy. My 4th is allergic to dairy, wheat, eggs, soy and raspberries. They are very mild, so I hope he will outgrow them.  His eczema is great now that I have the whole list. I had figured out the dairy, raspberries and wheat, but the soy had eluded me.

One of the hardest things is the lack of consistent, reasonable medical advice. When I first took my oldest in I was told by her pediatrician that “people aren’t allergic to corn!”, and by the allergist, “‘eczema is not related to food allergies.”  Thankfully that understanding has changed, and when I took in my 4th child (to the same allergist, 9 years later!) he actually ran the eczema panel of foods most commonly related to eczema.

Thank you for sharing your food allergy story.  Medical advice that is inconsistent is very frustrating!  Can anyone else identify?

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