my 14 month old son went today for allergy testing and even the control spot did not make a spot. has this ever happened to anyone or any suggestions as to why it happened. dr. said either he is still too young or that his zyrtec was still in his system (he was off for 5 days before). dr. said that i should retest him when he is 2, because he definately has allergies. it is just frustrating, because i thought that i would find out today what was causing all of this and try to get rid of the allergens that i could help. it is hard to watch him, as he is so miserable. sorry for the griping, but thanks for listening.
have a wonderful day.
My 3 year old granddaughter has had a runny nose, sneezing, ear infections, ect. for most of her life. Her pediatrition said that she was "too young to be diagnosed with allergies before age 2." She was referred to an allergy/asthma specialist for further accessment. She was skin tested yesterday (24 pricks on her back) and found to be allergic to cats, mold, grasses, trees, apples, bananas and eggs. Also dust mites. Doc told us to remove the problem foods for her diet for two weeks then introduce them to her one at a time to see if her symptoms return. Also remove all carpeting from the home (luckily only one room!), no stuffed animals, keep the house as free of dust as possible, and whole list of additional instructions. I don't know if 18 months is too young for allergy testing or not, but the test was painful and frightening for my granddaughter. I had testing several years ago and discovered that it is somewhat painful but not terrible so. But to a child, it can seem to be a lot worse. What are his symtoms? Are they similiar to my granddaughters?
his is mainly his skin, he has allergy induced eczema. and he also has allergy eyes and an occasional runny nose. i really didn't realize how well his zyrtec was working until he had to been off for 5 days. when we took him yesterday, i was unsure of where they would do the tests because he was broke out all over, his face, back, stomach, legs, arms. i mean everywhere. they said his back was too bad to do the testing there. so they found a small area on his forearms that were semiclear. they only did 4 on each arm and then the control spots. it was not painful for him. he was more aggrivated at me holding his arms out. but after 20 min. nothing. it was just weird that even the control spot didn't show.
he is also on singulair, which seems to help aswell. i really think it is a combination of the singulair and zyrtec.
the only thing i know for sure he is allergic to is the blue hospital lap pads. and that didn't start until a year. at his pediatritions office they would have me wrap that around him to have him weighed with out his diaper. and after 3 times of horrible reactions, i knew for sure that's what it was. i mean to the extent of the nurse having to give him a dose of benadryl immediately. horrible horrible hives.
i guess like you said Goofykid, i will just treat what i can. he doesn't really have any stuffed aminals, his mattress is plastic, i will get some allergen pillow covers. and i try to keep him away form some stuff, but it is so hard. we live in the country with horses on the land next to us and cows across the road, and every kind of grass and tree you can immagine right in our yard.
the biggest thing i think is carpet. we live in a trailer. and all rooms are carpet except the kitchen, hall, and bathrooms. i asked the dr. if he thought i should remove it, and he said no, to just wait and see. i wish i knew if that was one, because i would remove it today. we are suppose to be building within the next 6 months, so for sure when we build, i won't do carpet.
i guess that is really all i can do until he is old enough to test and know for sure, thanks for the advise and suggestions.
have a great day.
Last edited by lovemybabyboys; 09-27-2006 at 06:27 AM.
he has been tested by blood for egg white, egg yolk, milk, wheat, soy, and peanuts. all came back negative. i don't really notice that it worsens after he eats, but who knows. i do notice it worse however, after we go outside. but at 14 months and a little boy who loves it, i can't keep him indoors all the time. but i assume that at 2 they will retest him for those too. thank you for your time and suggestions.
That is weird that they still tested him even though he was broken out! When I broke out in hives would not run the skin tests because the allergist said the test results that came back would not be accurate.
For me they finally ended up running blood tests instead to figure out the problem. Blood tests are not as good as the skin tests because they cost more and take a longer time, but if the other test can not be run....... I am not sure on ages that blood test work for, but that might be something to look into. Best of all do not have to go off medicines before blood tests.
We also live in the country with cows and horses everywhere. And you are right you can't keep them indoor all the time. She spends the night with us on a regular basis so I am going to purchase bed casings for all the bed in my home. Pillow and mattress should be covered also I guess. I have a lot of seasonal allergies myself so I know how miserable they can make you. Good luck with your little boy and keep us posted.
thanks to all.
the dr. said they could do a blood test, but since his skin didn't react, he said that it probably wouldn't show in his blood either, so to wait until he was 2.
i just can't figure out what is going on.
when i got him out of his bed this morning, his entire body was broken out. everywhere. there was not a smooth place on him. his cheeks. even the soles of his feet had rashes! i don't know what it is. he hasn't eaten anything different. his clothes are washed with baby all, and have always been. he hasn't done anything differently that i can think of. i have been racking my brain trying to come with something different in our schedule. the only thing i can think of is he was off his zyrtec for 5 days. i guess that is why it is so bad.
it is just so weird. he doesn't seem to be itching too bad. i gave him an aveno bath and put cream all over. and gave him a dose of benadryl. just wondering what in the heck is doing this to my baby.
and another thing that is weird to me, is that our oldest son (4) has perfect skin. as do my husband and i. it's just strange to me that he is the only one in our family that has skin issues and allergies. my husband has the occasional runny nose after mowing or being around a cat, but nothing compared to what our little one is going through.
sorry for ranting. just frustrated.
thanks for listening.
p.s. i got a new air filter, an ionic pro, we shall see if it helps.
He is probably too young, plus there is Zyrtec still in his system. The first time I was tested, I had to go off Zyrtec for 4 weeks! The second time, I had to go off of it for 10 days. 5 days is definitely not enough time. I was allowed to take Benedryl while off the Zyrtec until 3 days before the testing.
who knows, i guess drs. are just different. because that is what they told me, was to not give it to him for 5 days. he did say after, that sometimes he sees that it will still be in ones system. but to just wait until he is 2.
Babyboys, Tichou is right, eczema in children is most likely food allergies. I have been dealing with this for the last five years and I have met many moms with children with food allergies, and eczema is from food allergies. You are correct, he was off of the Zyrtec so the allergies broke through. From experience and talking with many moms, I'll bet it is milk and/or eggs. The control/histamine should have reacted at least. My allergist told me that not everyone reacts to the scratch test. My one daughter did not, so the next step is to inject the allergens into the arms (allergist will not inject foods into the arms, however). She reacted to these. I can explain a few options that you have. 1) go to the allergist and demand the blood tests. Remind him that the histamine didn't react. I know a mom whose allergist only does the blood tests for his food allergies. He also doesn't have to be off of antihistamine for the blood tests. Change allergists if you have to. 2) Take him off of the zyrtec, milk and eggs. After a few days (however long it took him to get eczema after he was off Zyrtec) reintroduce milk. If he gets eczema, bingo. After his eczema clears reintroduce eggs. 3) Go to an alternative doctor. I have been down this road for five years. My daughter doesn't have food allergies anymore because of the treatments that she received over the last year. She didn't outgrow the allergies, she was tested right before the last treatments that she received and they were alive and well. Regular doctors are way behind on this. I know of good alternative doctors in Little Rock, Arlington and Bedford, TX. I had to drive an hour and 1/2 to take my daughter to her alternative doctor. Let me know if you have any questions.
they did do blood tests for milk, egg whites, egg yolks, soy, wheat, and peanuts about 4 months ago. all came back negative. unless it was blocked for some reason too.
what kind of treatments do they do at alternative drs.? what all was your daughter allergic to? and she can eat it now and its fine? thanks so much for your time and sharing.
hope you have a wonderful day.
Last edited by lovemybabyboys; 09-29-2006 at 07:12 AM.
oh, and i know most seem to think its food allergies, but what about the hospital pad?
it's the same reaction. hives and an under the skin rash. so that makes me wonder too.
the allergist did say that maybe some of his allergies are contact allergies and recommended that we go to a dermatoligist. i need to make an appointment. who knows when we will see them, because when i had to take my son and then my husband to the dermatoligist, we had to wait aleast 1.5 months. but i guess it's worth a try. but i don't really know what allergies that could be. like i said i have always used the same soap on him, the same detergent, etc.
who knows. i guess i will call today to make an appointement for that. and then go from there.
thanks again guys for all your support. noone in our family has this problem, so it helps to be able to talk to someone who understands what we are going through. thanks.
Babyboys, my daughter was an allergic mess. She eventually got allergic to almost all food, she had airborne allergies and allergies to soaps, markers, glue, etc. She received NAET (allergy elimination technique) also known as SRT (sensitivity removal technique). It is acupressure. She also received PSE (psychosomatic energenics). The theory behind this is that there is an emotional issue which causes energy blockage. This energy blockage disturbs health. I know this might sound crazy to a lot of people, but when my daughter was tested, the issues were right on. One of her issues was that she felt weak and powerless. My daughter felt that she could do nothing and she would cry so easily! After treatment she was a different child! My husband, who is a scientist, still doesn't believe it. Her preschool teachers noticed a difference in her personality. Her older sister could not push her around anymore. The final treatment is the allergy shot known as LDA - low dose allergen. It is different than traditional allergy shots. We did the first two treatments first and then moved onto the LDA. Some kids are fine before LDA. [removed] Regular doctors were of no help to my daughter who was very sick. She is eating everything now and doesn't take any allergy medication. Her stomach used to hurt all of the time (food allergy reaction). Not anymore. The good thing about a good alternative doctor is that it doesn't matter what is causing the allergic disease, the treatments will tackle all of it, allergy is allergy. Also, with my daughter's food allergy they were not the traditional IgE antibody allergy, which traditional allergists test for, hers were IgG antibody allergies which are tested through blood at the alternative doctors. Another long story, gave her peanut butter for first time at 3 years old (allergist said to wait). She slapped that sandwich down and refused to take another bite. Later in the afternoon she was covered in hives and was choking and coughing (throat was swelling). The allergist had given me an epi pen so I used it and within seconds coughing and choking stop. Allergist tests for peanuts, they were negative. He said to feed it to her again! Alternative doctor did different test = allergy. Anyway, we are very happy with the results. I spent years of going from doctor to doctor to get my child well and finally found the alternative doctor who did it. Good luck to you and feel free to ask any other questions.
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