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)
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.