Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Ayesha | 2010-08-03

Q.

Asthma, Allergies and Eczema

Hi Doc,
My now 3 year old has been diagnosed with Asthma, allergies and Eczema, His eczema has not flared up for over a year now, he is on Singulair and seretide, asthavent(reliever).
I have a question when he was a baby he was allergic to alot of things namely shellfish, ground and tree nuts, eggs, cows milk, wheat and a whole more. His allergis reaction used to consist of the following: hives, skin redness and tiny pimples on the face, wheezing and blocking of the airways, severe coughing and vommiting, over the last year he has outgrown everything except tree nuts, eggs and cows milk or anything dairy. His reaction of at all nowadays seems to be very delayed(after about an hour) he will cough a bit complain of stomach pain and then just vomit. No need to Allergex, pumps, wiping down with cool water, no eczema or wheezing. Is this a sign that he will outgrow this as sometimes i am so confused as he will eat yogurt or cheese and nothing will happen to him and sometimes he will throw up.The wierd thing also is he can eat biscuits and cakes that contain eggs but if he eats like scrammbled eggs he has an allergy towards it. I have also no noticed that his teeth is getting rotten, i think this is due to hm not gettig enough calcium in his diet, i have put him on Soya products shoudl i give him him a supplement for the lack of calcium. He weighs 13 Kg and eats well. please advise

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The average weight for a 3 year old boy is 14.5kg. Your son's weight falls well below the average. He also has tooth decay and need a calcium supplement. Children with egg allergy are often able to eat biscuits and cake because thses are baked at very high temperatures which alter the egg protein.Also children with milk allergy may be able to eat yoghurt and white cheese because of the fermentation process which makes them less allergenic.
Your son should have tests done to see if he is still allergic to peanuts, tree nuts,eggs and milk.Your son is still highly and frightenly allergic to certain foods even if he no longer gets the severe and rapid reactions he had previously. You should absolutely avoid all of these foods until you have an answer. You musy have a rapidly acting antihistamine at home such as Zyrtec syrup in case he has an allergic reaction in the future.

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