Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Exhausted | 2010-10-21


Skin Prick Test-Allergy

Hi, My daughter is 17 months old, ever since I can remember, we identified that she has eczema. He skin will be itchy, dry and have rash  on the whole body head and face. I have tried to ensure that I do not give her food that trigger allergies ( soya, peanuts, cow`s milk, tomatoe, pine apple, peaches, all citrus fruits, egg, beef, all the dairy products). It has been a challenge trying to cook for her. I have also picked up that, if we go the park, plays with sand or grass the following day she flares up, her nose even gets blocked. I have taken her to a few pediatricians around. I have a cupboard full of medication ( deselex, demazin, zyrtec, advantan, procuten,epix max, sebamed,etc,etc). All this give a temporary solution until she comes in contact with " something" . Monday I took her for Skin Prick Test, which shows she is only allergic to SOYA, PEANUTS and EGG? How can this be, as she has not even tasted any of those things and she has had this problem from about 3 months? I have been reading the labels  this child has been living on bare minimum foods. I do not even buy what she does not eat. How am I to stay away from stuff that am already staying away from for her to be better?

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Skin tests are a very accurate way of diagnosing food allergies in children of this age.Your little girl was probably sensitised to soya, peanut and egg during the time that you were breastfeeding her. When you ate any of these foods they appeared in your breast milk and sensitised your daughter to these foods. She seems to be very allergic and has quite severe eczema.She also has a nasal allergy problem.It is important to keep her skin well moisturised with the daily use of Epimax especially after bathing her. Do not use any soap when bathing her. She must only wear cotton clothes and cut off all labels which may irritate her neck.Give her the Zyrtec every night to reduce itching and to open up her blocked nose. I am concerned about your daughter's diet. She must of course avoid soya, peanut butter and eggs but can have cow's milk and dairy products. It is a good idea to avoid all citrus as well also raw tomatoes and pineapples. It would be a good idea to see a dietician for advice on a balanced diet for your little girl.

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Posted by: MA ka KK | 2010-10-22

Hi Exhausted

I know what you are going through, my son now almost 5 years had eczema at 6 weeks, and my daughter now 10 months had the same problem, I was refered to a very excellent dermatologist at Clinton clinic his name is Klevinsky, he is so thorough, both my babies are now enjoying a normal eczema free life, sorry dont have his number with me but if you google him you would find the number.

good luck

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Posted by: Exhausted | 2010-10-22

Hi, thank you very much, for an eye opener  I was really losing my head. I did not have peanuts during pregnancy or while breast feeding, as for eggs, I stand accused  breakfast without eggs was not an option. I cannot safely say I checked the labels for soya but I did not go out of my way to drink soya milk or eat soya products. I will follow your advice and hopefully all will be well, thank you again. I have been using epimax junior , it does not help her, I use SBR repair which seems to last on her skin.

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