How did we diagnose food allergy in an infant? part. 1 from 3

how to diagnose a newborn baby's milk allergy

How exactly did we diagnose an allergy in a small child? What tests have we done?


The text is a guide and is based on our personal experience, it is not a medical advice and certainly will not replace it, but it can be a valuable hint and a signpost for parents of children who are struggling with the topic of allergies.


By way of introduction:


Let's remember that Cow's milk allergy and lactose intolerance are two different things - you need to distinguish them well.


Lactose intolerance is sugar intolerance - it is lactose, which is also found in breast milk.


Cow's milk protein allergy is an undesirable, non-toxic food reaction to proteinwhich can enter the child's body only with food - directly in the form of modified milk or indirectly with the mother's milk who consumes all dairy products.



When Santa was born 3,5 a year ago, the first two weeks of my life were the most beautiful two weeks of my life, but from about 10 the day of Santa's life, the crying of the child and our helplessness slowly began to dominate our home idyll.



We heard very soon about a suspected allergy to cow's milk protein. At the time, I was hoping for some superb tests or allergy tests that would give us a clear answer if the child has an allergy or not.


Unfortunately, but both our pediatrician and gastroenterologist and allergist spoke with one voice: Allergy tests are not a reliable diagnostic test.


Additionally, positive test result means that the allergy is highly likely, but your body doesn't need to show any allergy symptoms at all.


While negative test result very often it does not mean that there is no allergy, because in children younger than 3 years these tests usually give false negative results, despite the fact that the allergy symptoms are properly observed.


This is how it was with us, Mikołaj first allergy test so it was made at the age of 1,5, when he was going to kindergarten and the allergist wanted to reassure herself and us that anaphylactic shock as a symptom of cow's milk protein allergy is unlikely if a toddler ate something with milk by mistake, so she did a test in a specialist medical clinic cutaneous which the result was completely negative despite very strong signs of observation.


So how do you correctly diagnose a child's allergy?


In allergy diagnosis, the most reliable test is the elimination diet and reintroduction of the suspected allergen and re-observation.


How did it look like in practice with us?


1. Preliminary observation - on its basis, we select a product or group of products to be eliminated.


2. Elimination of an allergen or group of allergens - we were recommended a minimum period of 2 weeks, because supposedly allergens can remain in the mother's body for such a long time and be passed on to the baby in milk.


3. Reintroducing the allergen into the diet - we always re-enter allergens SINGLE and observe if the allergy symptoms return or intensify.


In the next post I'll tell you one of my saddest stories - the story of our fight against allergy for the first time, almost 4 years ago, at Mikołaj's.

And how did you diagnose your child's allergy?

I invite you to talk and share experiences in the comments.


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