Monday, May 16, 2011

Food Allergies- No Nuts, Soy or Eggs

Posted by Heather at Monday, May 16, 2011
After having to go through the many hoops of medical insurance, we finally got a referral from the pediatrician to see the allergist, today, Katy. Our appointment was for two thirty PM, but we were forced to wait almost an hour and a half before we saw the doctor (why did we make the appointment in the first place if they are going to make us wait for that long?!). It's not very fun entertaining a fifteen month old for that long in a doctor's office. Dr. Patel was very nice and very kid-friendly- turns out he has a little one just your age, Katy!

We ended up first doing a scratch test on your back. After scratching your back, testing for wheat, shellfish, eggs, soy, milk, peanuts and tree nuts, it turns out that you are allergic to SOY, EGGS (both yolks and whites) and NUTS. Concerning the nuts- you are specifically (very!) allergic to almonds and walnuts and we ended up having blood work done (at another location) to see for sure if you are allergic to peanuts. At this point were were told to avoid all nuts and things containing soy and eggs (bye-bye baking, Mommy!).

So, we left the doctor's office (THREE HOURS LATER!) with a lesson on how to administer an epipen and lots of literature to read about childhood food allergies. According to the doctor, all of these allergies are fairly common. About 80% of kids with egg allergies outgrow them, nuts not so much. They will retest every year for the allergies to see how they develop.

Looks like we are going to be doing a lot of research on how to avoid these allergens. According to Daddy, between my allergies and your allergies, Katy, we're going to be surviving on green beans- HA!


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