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Son Newly Diagnosed With Multiple Allergies

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Hi - I've posted on the "Parent with Children" topic link in the past as we've known my 4 year old son is gluten intolerant for about 17 weeks now. But 2 days ago we had some allergy skin testing performed and he indicated for wheat, milk, soy, eggs, peanut and most of the molds. We already knew about the peanut as he had a mild anaphylactic reaction to that as a 13 month old. Skin testing was performed at that time on all of the common foods with negative results. This past May 07 RAST IgE blood testing was performed and the only thing positive was peanut. Now the skin tests show up positive, so we probably have non-IgE mediated multiple allergies. It makes since - it all manifests itself neurologically. We definitely suspect leaky gut.

My question: We are well underway with gluten-free diet for 15 weeks now and have seen positive changes with that since about 11 weeks. I'm hoping that eliminating the other offenders will not take as long. Is there an "average" time-frame where people see positive changes when eliminating milk, soy, and eggs? I've read it doesn't take as long as gluten, but I'd like to hear from people who have experienced it. Thanks!

Katie in TN

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Hi - I've posted on the "Parent with Children" topic link in the past as we've known my 4 year old son is gluten intolerant for about 17 weeks now. But 2 days ago we had some allergy skin testing performed and he indicated for wheat, milk, soy, eggs, peanut and most of the molds. We already knew about the peanut as he had a mild anaphylactic reaction to that as a 13 month old. Skin testing was performed at that time on all of the common foods with negative results. This past May 07 RAST IgE blood testing was performed and the only thing positive was peanut. Now the skin tests show up positive, so we probably have non-IgE mediated multiple allergies. It makes since - it all manifests itself neurologically. We definitely suspect leaky gut.

My question: We are well underway with gluten-free diet for 15 weeks now and have seen positive changes with that since about 11 weeks. I'm hoping that eliminating the other offenders will not take as long. Is there an "average" time-frame where people see positive changes when eliminating milk, soy, and eggs? I've read it doesn't take as long as gluten, but I'd like to hear from people who have experienced it. Thanks!

Katie in TN

I don't know if there's an average time frame. My daughter began to feel better immediately. I also began to notice a change in her behavior. Then at about 2 weeks, she got very sick. I think it was detox. I kept her home from school. She was a bear to be around and was very sleepy and not wanting to eat anything. Then the next day it was like I got a totally new girl! I also think during those two weeks, I wasn't as careful as I might have been, possibly giving her things without realizing it. Like cashews roasted in peanut oil. Since then I've learned to read every label twice, every time.

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I have two children on a casein free diet and one with multiple allergies/intolerances. For my oldest son, it was about 3 weeks on the casein free diet before I started noticing behavior differences but he seemed to feel better within a week. My daughter was sensitive to soy and that is what we had switched her to, but after removing soy I noticed a difference after about two weeks. We were able to re-introduce soy after a year and she tolerates soy just fine now in moderate amounts. My youngest son is on a gluten, casein, soy and corn free diet. We removed most of the dairy about a year ago (he's two) and he started a gluten, soy, egg and casein free diet in May (we are just starting to re-introduce egg). Within the first month he gained two pounds. His belly distention didn't disappear, though and we are still finding other allergens. We just discovered corn in the last month and he's gotten even better after removing corn.

I guess the short answer is that it depends on the child, how much of the offending items were in their system before the diet was started and how severely they are affected by those foods.

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