thread: I think DD has allergies

  1. #1
    Registered User

    Aug 2008

    I think DD has allergies

    This is probably more of a vent than anything else, but any shared experiences would be welcome.

    DD (almost 8 months) was exclusively breastfed for 6 months. At 6.5 months I let her try some scrambled egg. She broke out in a rash all over her face and hands and became suddenly tired and irritable. I gave her a bath, put her down for a nap and by the time she woke up she was back to normal. Two weeks ago I tried her with yoghurt. She didn't care for it much (no surprise really since I don't eat it much myself) so I haven't pushed it.

    Tonight I let her have some milk and she broke out in a rash. It started around her mouth and chin and then spread down to her neck and chest. She also had a few red spots on her tummy which she was scratching at. She was also rubbing her face a lot, partly because she was tired, but I think she was also a little itchy. Part of her bottom lip also swelled slightly.

    There are no known allergies in either DH's family or mine. I do get eczema (or dermatitis...whichever is the non-allergy one) but only mildly. I don't understand how she could possibly have any allergies. Maybe one but reactions to both egg and dairy?! Just as well I have no intention of trying nuts anytime soon, we might score the trifecta. She was very unsettled as a young bub and now I'm wondering if it was a dairy allergy all along. I was actually craving dairy for the first few months of bfing and didn't consider trying to eliminate it.

    I'm hoping she'll grow out of it. Should I leave it for a couple of weeks (or months) and then try again? Maybe I need to consult a nutritionist.

  2. #2
    Life Subscriber

    Jul 2006

    Hun, it must be worrying for you. Unfortunately allergies can occur without a family history. There are a lot of factors that can increase the risk of allergy. The good news though is that most babies with allergies at this age do grow out of them, particularly dairy and egg.

    At this stage it is an option to avoid dairy and eggs until later. However it is probably a better idea to see a dietician specialising in food allergies so that you can know for sure. This way, if there is an allergy, you can avoid all the foods you need to and not any ones you don't need to. A dietician can also help with a diet plan to make sure she still gets all her nutrients.

    All the best with it hun

  3. #3
    Registered User

    Aug 2008

    Thought I'd update this in case anyone with a similar issue comes across it.

    DD can now eat cheese and yoghurt without breaking out in a rash. I kept trying once every few weeks. She loves yoghurt (even when she did react to it). I still haven't tried egg again though as her reaction to that was always worse.

  4. #4
    BellyBelly Member

    Jul 2009

    Thats good to hear Hannah,
    My hannah Has tried cheese and yogurt has not reacted to it , i have yet to try her on egg as i am scared she will react, there is so much out there on when to give it when to not so i just dont know what to do with it! Its so hard isnt it
    My DD gets ecxsma (sp) as well, we still are not sure why she gets it