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May. 14th, 2010




I'm trying to find a good lotion for my daughter's dry skin.

She has eczema, but she's also allergic to chocolate (cocoa) and oat, so Aveeno and a lot of other nice lotions are out of the equation.

She also seems to be pretty sensitive to fragrance, but even stuff for "sensitive skin" like Sarna seems to burn any of her raw patches.

I guess I just wish I knew of a "rich" and thick lotion that didn't contain oats and cocoa. Everything else that I've seen has fragrance or a lot of unknown ingredients that I'm never sure will irritate her or not =/

So I thought I'd ask any of you moms that have a similar situation or know of awesome lotions.

(Side note: I use aquaphor or a creamy vaseline after baths, but I'd like something that isn't a big deal to pull out throughout the day to rub on her dry spots)

May. 4th, 2010



Rye Grass

So with my daughter's skin prick food allergy test (done at least 6 months ago) it was determined she was allergic to Rye.

Well we recently found out that the grass at her dad's house is "rye grass" and we just assumed that was what was making her skin stay broken out.

I was trying to find something online about it, but basically I just want to make sure that rye, the food, is the same thing as rye grass.

There is something at her dad's house that tends to make her skin break out but we haven't quite figured it out. She gets rashes/eczema and the like.

I wouldn't think that the grass outside would do so much, unless she was rolling around in it.

Are food allergies synonymous with skin contact allergies?

Mar. 25th, 2010


Food challenges and environmental allergies/sickness?

Has anyone here had experience doing food challenges with a school-age (preschool, in this case) child who also has environmental allergies?  I posted here last summer when we got the go-ahead to challenge peanut, egg in baked goods, then egg yolk, and finally eggs.  Peanut challenge went great, egg in baked goods went great.  But by the time we got to the egg yolk challenge it was fall--back to school time.  We ended up stopping the challenge because I couldn't tell whether he was sick, having a reaction to the egg yolk, or having environmental allergy issues.  

I'm grateful that his reactions, if any, have been so subtle/mild that I couldn't tell whether they were actually reactions, but GRRRRRR!  He really, really wants to try "egg crackers" (a smear of hard-boiled egg yolk on a cracker) again, and we've actually all been healthy for the last few weeks.  But the pollen here is unbelievably high right now--some article said that my area has the highest pollen count in the world.  We both are having eczema flare-ups as it is.  

Dec. 18th, 2009


Dog dander allergy/asthma

Hi Everyone,

I'm new to this forum and have a question about a recent asthma flare up that happened with my 2 year old over Thanksgiving. My son is allergic to cats, dogs & guinea pigs confirmed by skin & blood testing. The blood test also included his "overall allergic sensitivity" and normal range is 0-60 and he is 83. I'm not really sure what that means? The nurse said not to worry, she sees some kids in the 1,000s?!

Anyway, over Thanksgiving we visited a relatives pet-free home & he had an asthma attack. I was stunned and confused. Thinking back on the afternoon we spent there though, he was playing with a dust mop, sweeping it along the carpet over & over and waving it near his face. Since there were no pets in the home, we didn't think much about it and just laughed and thought it was cute at the time. (Dumb, I know!) We later learned that 3 months prior, a dog-owner stayed in the home. **But not the dog**, the dog was with him but he only stayed in the car. I've read that dog dander can cling to clothing. Is it possible the dog dander was brought into the house on the dog owner's clothing, settled in the carpet and my son stirred it up while he "sweeping" like crazy? 3 months seems like a long time stretch but I've read that dander can stick around for months. I don't know if this seems like a stretch or not but I can't imagine what else set him off. He has tested negative for dust mites, mold, etc. Thanks for your thoughts!

Dec. 11th, 2009



I just want to cry...

So, I've been having a hard time avoiding dairy in my diet the last few weeks and I feel so bad because Morgan is itchy again. My b/f is not very supportive of me avoiding it and it's really frustrating.

Anyway. We had Morgan's blood re-tested at her 15 month appt because it had been 6 months. They called me over the holiday while I was out of town to say what was positive, but it hadn't really changed. They also said they faxed the allergists office with the results. Last night for the second time I made her a 'grilled cheese' with soy cheese. She LOVES grilled cheese and I was SO happy to find something that tasted good. Well, she ended up with a few hives on her face. We didn't know if it was the soy (she didn't have a reaction the first time) or my b/f kissing on her after eating something with peanuts (which she hasn't had a reaction to but blood and spt say she is allergic).

This morning I called the Pedi's office to request a copy of the lab reports just to see. Picked it up and her Soy levels have gone WAY up to 3.something and listed as class 3. She's also now positive for tomato very slightly (.51 class 1). Her milk has gone from 9.8 to 2.something so at least that's good news. Once again they didn't take enough blood to complete all the environmental tests. I am SO FREAKIN MAD about this. They were not sure if they had enough, and I kept saying to make sure because the time before they didn't take enough and it had to be redone. UGH.

I called the allergists office because we had to reschedule an appt anyway. The pedi's office did NOT fax them the results. Allergist office called pedi's office and requested them. Allergist office will call me later today or early monday.

Now. I know I can't give her the soycheese anymore. But how much do I need to avoid soy? She hasn't had a reaction to anything else that I can tell. Her favorite snacks all have some soy (grahm crackers, teddy grams etc) in them but she eats them all the time. Everything pretty much has soy in it!

Tomato's, do I need to avoid them? Does she need to avoid them? She loves spaghetti and ketchup and just...ugh. Heck, I love those things too. I just don't know what to do, and our appt isn't until Jan 5th now.

Oct. 25th, 2009


Experiences and/or Tips for Soy Allergy

Hi there,

My 8 year old son suffered a severe allergic reaction to food last month where I had to call 9-1-1 and be taken to hospital via ambulance.

Since then we have seen a pediatric allergist who has determined that he is allergic to peanuts, walnuts, hazlenuts and soy. I have been advised that he NOT eat any food containing these ingredients and am finding it extremely difficult to find much of anything that does not contain soy.


He carries an Epi-Pen with him at all times incase of some sort of contamination occurs & he has a reaction.

We are scheduled for a food-intake test at the hospital but the wait time for that is not until next year (appointment scheduled for March)

Thanks so much for all your help


Oct. 10th, 2009



Need Ideas and...support

My daughter Morgan is 14 months old. At 9 months we had blood testing done because she has mild/moderate eczema. She tested positive for cats (we have 2) and dogs. They didn't get enough blood for the food testing so we had to go back in. They called me 2 weeks later and said everything was negative for food.

At 12.5 months we made our first family breakfast with lots of scrambled eggs. She LOVED them and ate tons and played with them. She had a reaction on her skin, but that happens a lot. Put her down for a nap and she slept for almost an hour. She woke up sneezing and with a lot of mucus and then progressively getting covered in hives. We rushed to walgreens for benedryl and the pharmacist wouldn't tell us how much to give because she was 19.5 pounds and not 20 pounds. We went to a kids urgent care and she got it there along with steroid drops.

A couple weeks ago daycare made us go to the doctor for a cold and I told them about the reaction to the eggs. They asked if we'd had testing done and I said yes and it was negative for everything. She pulled it up and told me it was positive for eggs and peanuts. I was stunned and angry. A day later the office called me and blamed it all on the lab saying that the abnormal results are supposed to be highlighted. I made an appt with an allergist.

On Monday my boyfriend made me take her for another cold and I asked for a print out of the results to give to the allergist. On the list she is positive for eggs, milk, peanut, and barely soybean and wheat.

On Friday we had the appt with the allergist. He did SPT for peanut, milk, wheat, egg, tree nut mix and soybean. It was positive for peanut, egg and tree nut. He wants us to avoid milk also because it was positive in the blood test.

It isn't hard to avoid these things for her because she doesn't know any better and doesn't eat a whole lot anyway. She's still breastfeeding though, and he wants me to avoid these things completely. That is a MAJOR lifestyle change. Of course I'm going to figure out how to do it, but still. We haven't made any changes yet because I don't even know really what to do.

What do I use for butter or cheese? She LOVES grilled cheese sandwiches. I just don't even know where to start with all of this.

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Also, for the eczema they gave us a care sheet. They said to use soap like dove unscented, neutrogena unscented, Purpose, Oil of Olay unscented. Is California Baby Sensitive o.k.? They want us to bath her every night now (pedi had said not to).

Sep. 15th, 2009


Cooking with allergens

I'm very fortunate, in that I've only got one kiddo and only one set of allergies to cook around, and I don't really mind giving up eggs myself.  My husband is able to eat eggs at work and when we go out.  So I've had the luxury of being able to kick eggs out of my house altogether for the last two years and not have to worry about cross-contamination at home.

Those of you who do cook with something that's an allergen for someone in your house, how do you deal with cross-contamination issues?

My son is now able to eat baked goods with egg, but he still can't touch raw egg whites.  Last night was my first time attempting to bake with egg in 2 years, and I was completely paranoid about cross-contamination.  I bought a jar of egg thinking that would be less likely to get all over the place instead of actually cracking real eggs.  I (obviously) didn't let him help me cook after I added the egg whites (bad plan....the kid loves to knead bread dough and was so sad that he couldn't help this time).  I wiped up every scrap of dough from the counter immediately.  Anything else I need to be careful of?  For reference, he hasn't shown any issues with cross-contamination in the past from restaurants or other people's homes.  I think I'm just paranoid.  

ETA: Also, if your kid does not have an egg allergy, I highly recommend making whole wheat bread with an egg in it.  It was so much moister than without the egg. 

Jul. 13th, 2009


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 Garrett had his follow-up appointment with (yet another) allergist on Thursday.  To recap--he was diagnosed with egg and peanut allergies at 12 months, and we've been avoiding all eggs, peanuts, egg-products, and "manufactured on equipment with..." since then.  The pediatrician redid his RAST prior to his 3 year checkup.  

On the RAST peanut came up as 0 (yey!) and egg came up as 2 (maybe yey).  His eczema that bothered him so much his first 2 years has (mostly) gone away.  Lately it seems to be triggered by diaper rash, which he still gets way too easily. 

Based on all that, the allergist felt that he was a very good candidate for a controlled introduction of eggs.  He has us slowly introducing eggs in baked goods, starting with 1/8 of an Eggo every day.  This is pretty hilarious to me, given that one of the few good things to come out of my son's food allergies is that I've reduced the amount of processed crap we eat.  

The doc warned us that this might make his eczema flare up a bit, and that mild eczema was not considered a reaction worth stopping the food challenge.  He has been a little itchier at night, but he also got sunburnt last week while on vacation with my husband, so we're not sure which is causing the itchiness.  Otherwise, it's going well!

If it continues to go well (we increase to 1/4 Eggo tomorrow, and by another 1/8 every 5 days), we'll go back for an egg white skin test in a few weeks.

Since his peanut result was 0, the doc did a peanut skin test while we were there on Thursday.  It was negative, and the doc wants us to food challenge peanut, but also wants us to wait until he's back in the office from his vacation.  Also, that way the egg challenge will be well under-way and we won't confuse any reactions.  

Jun. 21st, 2009

asher; smile


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I wanted to share this recipe, because it was such a winner in my household for dinner last night! It's from Our Gaggle of Girls, which is very quickly becoming my favourite site.

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo. I won't post the entire recipe as I've linked to it, but I did change it a teeny bit. Since Asher had a really nasty rash I left out the onion and added some peas and corn to it. I also left out the cayenne (for the rash again, but I wouldn't have put it in if he didn't have the rash because I'm trying to prevent his poos burning his bottom!) and the wine. We use rice milk instead of coconut milk, so it didn't thicken as much as it probably should have, but it was still a really lovely dish! Both my husband and son absolutely adored it and the leftovers heated up nicely the day after.

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