Landon was 18 months old before we got a diagnosis. And this was after spending the past year begging for doctor's to help us. Through every allergy test on the planet, it was the patch test that finally did it for us.

Ahhhhh, sleep. The true marker at our house on whether or not Landon's allergies are bothering him.

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Lucie threw up and broke into hives after eating peanuts and eggs when she was a toddler. It wasn't hard to figure out because the reaction was pretty obvious. Since then, sh'es been patch tested (and was shown to have more allergies). Luckily by 5 she grew out of the egg allergy. But we don't let her anywhere near nuts or peanuts. Too scared that exposure will make her allergy worse.
Thank you for responding Anne-Marie. It's always nice to know there are other mom's dealing with similar situations!
With my second daughter, she was 8 mths old when we had her tested and we found out what all she was allergic to. This was back in 1991. After 8 solid months of crying, infections, and illnesses, the doc sent us to a pediatric allergist. She was skin tested (all over her back, arms and legs!) and then she had the RAST test (blood draw). Wait, why am I explaining this, you all know this stuff! Sorry! That's how it is, you learn it and become a pediatric allergy specialist and constantly teach others. Anyway, I had to quit breastfeeding her immediately and table foods were severely limited by allergen ingredients. I went to the grocery store searching for foods she could eat and just wandered around the store with my empty grocery cart and a face full of tears. Of course, we all adjusted and she was just fine. In fact, she was a totally different - and happier - baby after the allergens were flushed from her system and omitted from her diet. It was worth it. Now, baby #4 is breaking out in hives. She's a happy baby already, so her cues to alert me to her allergies are very different, but her body is definitely sending a message.

I fed my son scrambled eggs and he had a severe reaction (hysterical, formula pooled in his mouth so we're assuming his throat swelled up and he couldn't swallow, went white as a ghost, hives from head to toe).  It was pretty obvious.  That was last January and he was officially diagnosed by a scratch test in June.  We don't know if he has a nut allergy or not.  They wouldn't test him because of false positives, so we can't feed him any nuts until he's at least 2.

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