Test Results

Earlier this week, we met with Bo’s doctor to go over his test results. They re-tested all of the foods he had been diagnosed as allergic to after his blood test at 6 months old. We were definitely hoping for some good news but were prepared to hear that nothing had changed. The doctor compared his tests at 6 months with his 2-year-old tests and unfortunately all of his numbers have gone up significantly. This doesn’t necessarily mean that his allergies have gotten worse but it was disappointing because we definitely want to see his numbers go down. His numbers going down would lead us to believe he is ‘outgrowing them’ and/or they give the doctor more of a reason to do a skin test and food challenge. With that said, there is definitely some argument as to how much weight these numbers hold and what they really mean but because we have seen a reaction from both dairy (an anaphylactic reaction) and nuts from Bo mixed with the fact that we now know his numbers are going up the doctor believes it’s safe to say he is still very allergic and should avoid dairy & nuts. As for the eggs, those numbers did increase but are still very low – especially his numbers for egg yolk. His numbers for eggs and the fact that we have never seen an egg reaction in his two years of life led the doctor to give us the OK to slowly try to see if Bo could handle egg yolk! This was definitely the best news we received. I really feel like his little body doesn’t react to eggs, but we shall see as we slowly test how much egg he can handle or if he can handle it.

Brief summary of his test results and what is he is allergic to listed in order of highest to lowest levels.

Casein (a milk protein)

Whey

Cows Milk

Peanut

Egg White

Almond

Walnut

Cashew

Egg Yolks

So, other than the possibility of having egg in his diet, which would be huge, nothing else will change. We will still need to be dilligent about keeping Bo from coming into contact with dairy and nuts and will continue living this more ‘high alert’ lifestyle we are starting to become accustomed to. Bo will be tested again next year as long as he has no major reactions or changes between now and then.

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2 responses

  1. Hi Abby (and Bo!),

    Liz H. directed me to your blog. I have an almost three-year-old who is allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (but not coconut or seeds, like sunflower). She’s anaphylactic to dairy and presumably to nuts, though she has never had any of those (her biggest weal was for cashew). She has had three reactions in need of an epi: one at one year after assurances from her doctor that it should be fine to feed her milk despite ongoing eczema issues and some hives around her mouth after yogurt at nine months; the second at a food allergy challenge after we got blood test results of .36; and the third was yesterday at daycare when she was accidentally fed a carrot (which she only put to her lips) with margarine on it. The good news is that they did everything right– except for the part where someone gave her unsafe carrots after she’d consumed all her safe ones.

    I always love to try new recipes, and am intrigued by the Mac and cheese one. With coconut milk….hmmm, that might actually be good! I am sure I’ll keep going through your blog for food ideas. And feel free to send an email if you want to commiserate or find more out about our experiences so far.

    Amy

    • Hi Amy!

      Thank you so much for your comment! So sorry to hear you have a little girl that has so many severe food allergies but it is nice to know other people who are in the same boat. I would love to connect and will definitely send you an email. Maybe you, Liz and I can all get together. Look forward to chatting. – Abby

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