food allergies?

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food allergies?

I was wondering if any of the moonbeams have allergies.

Luke seems to be allergic to peanut butter. His face gets red and blotchy everytime he has it :/ I think he has had it probably 7x so far, it has never been anything worse than a splotchy face. If you have a SEVERE allergy generally by the 2nd or 3rd time you will get a severe reaction. At least that's my understanding. I still avoid letting him have it.

He also gets red and splotchy with things that are artificially red. I brushed his teeth one time with cinnamon toothpaste since we were out of baby toothpaste and he got red splotches on his face. Same thing with red popsicles!

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The only thing I've noticed...we gave Alyse guacamole one day and it had some kind of pepper in it and her face got red and splotchy. She's fine with avocado so I'm assuming it was the peppers in it. Lesson learned Smile

Hopefully Luke doesn't have any major reactions to the peanut butter!

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Not so far thankfully. I'm glad Luke didn't have a worse reaction to the peanut butter. Friends of ours have a little boy that also reacts to red dyes in food. I'm pretty sure he has a similar reaction to Luke's. The avoid anything orange as well (like orange M&Ms). Hope he grows out of it!

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I've been reading about that recently...the red food dye thing.... check out this blog about it- http://66.147.244.215/~mamaging/?p=55

Beni hasn't had any reactions to anything that I can tell- unless that one small butt rash to the pineapple- but I think that was more cause it was just too acidic, rather than an allergy.

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We don't have any here with any of the kids. Sounds maybe like more of an intolerance than an allergy if the reaction is that mild? Do other nuts bother him Carolyn? I'm so glad that it isn't more severe, serious allergies are just so hard.

My nephew has a peanut allergy ~ the epi pen kind. Most other tree nuts as well. Of course, I'm the as$hole aunt who brought green beans with ALMONDS to their home this past Easter. Doh. Felt awful.

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I think Mason might have a mild allergy to dairy or a lactose intolerance. The ped thinks that's what's causing his constant loose stools and the battle with rashes.

We've been limiting his dairy in take and that seems to be helping.

I'm glad Luke's reaction wasn't more sever. My niece and nephew both have a sever nut allergy (epi pen kind). On top of that my nephew is also allergic to any dairy product.

My mom is allergic to red dyes too.

Some allergies kids grow out of but generally nut allergies tend to stick around for a lifetime.

Have you thought of having him tested so you know for sure?

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That really sucks, Carolyn Sad I've heard all kinds of things about the artificial dyes and am trying to phase them out in my baking endeavors. They do make dyes that are completely natural, but they're not as vivid as the fake kind and almost never found in commercially available goods. I think the Europeans have always been hip to the negative effects of certain red dyes. Red #40 is banned in Denmark, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, and Norway. They use Cochineal (derived from red bug shells) instead.

Fortunately, we've all been lucky and haven't found any allergies in any of our kids, although I can detect a bit of hyperactivity after consuming fake dyes.

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Thankfully, no allergies here - I was trying to think of anything he hasn't had yet that might cause a reaction & couldn't think of stuff he hasn't tried yet (at least stuff that we would have around).
I think testing is a good idea so that you know for sure what exactly is causing the reaction. Scary about the food dye thing - I had never heard of it before.

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Thankfully we don't have any, either. Jake has had peanuts and didn't have any adverse reaction, so that's good. I'm glad Luke's reaction seems mild, Carolyn. Maybe if you avoid peanuts for a year or two he'll outgrow it?

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I still think Aaron has a sensitivity to dairy. He eats cheese and yoghurt occasionally (trying again and again) but end up paying for it later with runny poop. He is fine with his formula but whole milk he gets a sore tummy with. As for allergies, I think he might be like me and have one to Tuna, he ended up with a mild case of hives the 2 times he has had it (just like his mother!) I am not trying nuts with him until he is over 2 (I thought you were supposed to wait until then anyway but I could be wrong!) and as Christina said, nut allergies tend to stay with you for life. I have a peanut allergy as does DD#2 but we're OK with other tree nuts.

The red dye can cause reactions for sure. I guess it's a matter of avoiding anything with the red food dye. Anyway Carolyn, you can always get him tested and see if he has allergies and how bad they are...all the best!

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I guess as far as "allergy", I cannot think of any for sure. Jordan is definitely sensitive to fruits though. We battle diaper rash quite a bit. We've completely cut out grapes, oranges, lemons, limes, and raspberries. We will occasionally let her have a very small amount of tomato or tomato sauce. I also limit her overall fruit intake which stinks because this girl would eat her weight in strawberries and blueberries some days. The last few days I let her have about 4 or 5 strawberries a day and by the third day her bottom had had enough. Sad

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Carolyn, Regarding the peanuts - I thought for sure that I read that sensitivities could be reversed if you offered small amounts often. Your body adapts to it. So cutting out the peanut butter may NOT be the best option for Luke. It's worth researching!

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"julieanddanny" wrote:

Carolyn, Regarding the peanuts - I thought for sure that I read that sensitivities could be reversed if you offered small amounts often. Your body adapts to it. So cutting out the peanut butter may NOT be the best option for Luke. It's worth researching!

I would be very careful. If a child does have an allergy then their reaction will become MORE severe each time they are exposed to the offending food. My pediatrician really emphasized this at her last appointment.

I know I've heard intolerances might be reversible. Lactase is an inducible enzyme so small amounts of lactose could help someone overcome a milk intolerance. But my sisters have not had any luck in overcoming their intolerance. But a dairy intolerance is obviously different than a peanut allergy.

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Yeah I have a friend whose twins were allergic to everything under the sun as infants. They were told that if they COMPLETELY avoided all of the foods they were allergic too, there was a good chance they would outgrow them in a few years. One of them has, the other hasn't.

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We don't have food allergies here, but I have worked a lot in both peds and adult allergy/asthma and I would say if you are concerned get him tested. I also wouldn't try any food challenges (that is what we call giving a kid with a suspected allergy a food to see) without an allergists input, typically done in the hospital (we don't even do them in our clinic off site, must be done in the hospital setting, just in case). There is some literature of de-sensitization, but really it is heavily medically supervised and very tightly controlled, isn't just a matter of giving the child a pbj sandwich once a day and seeing what happens. I know you likely know all of that Carolyn, but just read a few misconceptions here and thought it might be good to clarify them. Food allergies can be serious, and in allergic reactions you don't always know when it will be anaphylactic (the second exposure or the 10th), so testing is a good place to start. Off my soapbox now Smile

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Jack has a wheat allergy. He gets no wheat at all. Its really hard! He doesn't eat anything that has wheat or may contain traces of wheat. We did have him tested, and he doesn't hade a severe allergy. The doctor said 50% of kids outgrow it by five or six, and 95% of kids outgrow it by twelve to fourteen. So we'll keep our fingers crossed.

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My 3 yr old was sensitive to milk and to acidic type stuff.

Milk - backed her up horribly. We went to almond milk and she was good to go.

Juices - I think because of the sugar content in the juice it gave her horrible runny poop. She was good with whole fruits, but not the juice. She ate a fair share of fruit and just drank water. My ped told me to stay away from citrus fruits until 3 because of the possibility of either bladder infections or UTIs (can't remember which.

She has outgrown both problems now, so I wouldn't lose hope.

Ben has had a few issues with the splochy red face after eating, but I cant' find a pattern to it...