Our expert says:
Basically it is worthwhile to have proper allergy tests done for each individual because as you experienced you were allergic to house dust mites, but the children may each be individually allergic to one or more other allergens which may or may not be food-related. It would be counterproductive to for example cut out milk from the diet of growing children if they are allergic to pollen or animal hairs instead. If they are all allergic to milk or some other food then of course you will have to cut out the offending food or foods. If they prove allergic to milk protein then this means a) that they cannot have milk or other dairy products like yoghurt, cottage cheese or all other types of cheese, b) that they must take a calcium supplement for the rest of their lives, but esp during their growing phase (until the age of 21 or older) to grow strong teeth an bones. If you and your family were allergic to the sugar in milk (lactose) then you would probably develop diarrhoea and bloating, not respiratory symptoms. The latter can be associated with allergy to one or more of the proteins in milk, so drinking lactose-free milk would not help. You would need to switch to soy milk (if you are not also allergic to soy), soy yoghurt, ice cream, sorbet, etc.
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