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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Liezl | 2007/08/06

Q.

Allergies

My 2 year old little girl was tested positive for egg & peanut allergy when she was 8 months and for wheat when she was 17 months. The various allergy counts are egg: 2.93, wheat: 0.52, peanuts: 0.78. She was recently tested for dairy allergy, but it came back negative. Her IGE jumped from 31 in January to 112 in July. Her paediatrician has always said that I must eliminate all those foods, but I've recently been to a dietician that said that there is no need to eliminate foods if the allergy count per food isn't over 7. I do not agree with that, because if she eats a biscuit with egg or peanuts in she gets eczema all over her body. She has never consumed eggs or peanuts on its own. Do you think I must keep on eliminating all those foods and nobody can give me a reason why her IGE has increased so much, even though she didn't test positive for any other food allergies.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The IgE level is only an indication that she is a highly allergic little girl. It is common for the level to increase in allergic children as they get older especially if the child has eczema. I agree with you that she should avoid all the foods that she has tested positive for, no matter how low the test result is. You have seen that both the egg and peanut in biscuits worries her.

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