I recently took my 18 month old to a paediatric allergist. My husband and I were worried that she may have an egg allergy.
During the time I was breast feeding, when I ate an egg, my little girl would have diarrhea. When she was a little older, when we gave her actual egg to eat, she would break out into a very mild red rash. So after this happened a couple times we removed egg from both our diets.
During the time, I was eating egg, but my baby girl was still nursing, she had a string of ear infection during her first winter. We had removed egg and her second winter was much better. The 2 ear infections may have been related to the occasions I cheated and had eggs thinking there wasn’t actually a true egg problem.
So the allergist tested her for IgE anaphylactic egg allergy by scratching her skin with egg. Her response was negative. The allergist told us to introduce egg just a bit to see if she tolerates it. If she doesn’t tolerate it, she is having a “cellular” response to egg and we should remove it from the diet.
I am very curious to find out if this cellular response can actually be tested as an IgG delayed allergy food test done by taking a small sample of blood. These type of food sensitivity tests are often done by Naturopaths and many medical laboratories are also offering the tests.
I am finding it very hard to eliminate egg when I don’t have a truly definitive reason. I do think that eggs caused my daughter to have ear aches, rashes and diarrhea, but will she grow out of that reaction or will the reaction change as she ages?
The IgG delayed allergy test we use at the office is from Rocky Mountain Analytical Laboratories
My mom took this test 10 years ago when she came to my sister and I (we are both naturopathic doctors ) with symptoms of arthritis. She told us that she had worked very hard to support us through all our many years of schooling and now we were going to heal her. Now. My mom is very active and has little patience for something trying to slow her down.
My sister and I referred our mom to a bother naturopath because you can’t treat your mom, and that naturopath ran an IgG allergy test on her first visit. I was so angry. My mom didn’t have allergy symptoms and the IgG testing is private and isn’t covered under OHIP. 3 weeks later, my moms results came back. Egg was off the charts. 6 months after removing egg from her diet, her arthritis symptoms were gone. Looking back we wonder if her immune system didn’t like egg this whole time and may have contributed to cancer, Hashimoto’s, hormone issues and weight. Not to mention there is only my sister and I because mom had to have a radical hysterectomy after my sister. I don’t know if she wanted 3 kids but 2 was what she got.
The test is happening today with my daughter. In 3 weeks we will find out if she has an egg sensitivity. I don’t want her to have an egg issue but it sure would explain a lot.
Dr. Carissa Doherty ND
Natural Care Clinic, Burlington, ON