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    Default HELP! Allergic Reaction (Anaphylaxis)

    Apologies in advance for the LONG post!!

    I have a 5 mth old DS who is exclusively breastfed.

    In preparation for solids I have started trying small bites of baby food, UNTIL, 2 days ago I gave him Rafferty's rice cereal with S26 formula as the mixing agent. I have fed him Farlex rice cereal before but expressed and we had no issues. When I had given him 2-3 tiny bits (literally to tip of his spoon) I noticed his face around his mouth becoming very red then welts began, obviously as soon as I noticed the redness I stopped giving him the food. The only reason I didn't express this time and used the formula is because I am away on holiday and didn't bring my machine with to express.

    He began dry retching until he had a massive mucus bubble come out of his mouth and he was struggling to breath and became very drowsy and literally fell asleep in my arms in seconds (Scared the C**P out of me).

    Rushed to hospital but breathing was better when we got there and he only had the welts left.

    Now I am too scared to feed him anything for fear of this happening again!!!

    Anyone with any advice, what should I do, who should I see, how can we determine if he has any other allergies??? I am assuming at the moment that he is allergic to dairy/cows milk protein as that was the only thing that was different.

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    @meredithgrey

    Thanks for the response, I will get on to my GP when I am back in Perth (visiting family in Melbourne atm) and ask him to provide a referral to wherever is appropriate

    That's the really frustrating thing the Dr made me feel like I was being an "over the top" parent and sent me on my way with nothing other than making me feel like an idiot!!

    I am by no means an over the top parent and was a little distressed by how he made me feel TBH.

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    @Catttc my DS had a similar anaphylactic reaction to his first formula at 5 months after being exclusively breastfed. He was allergic to Cassien one of the proteins in cows milk (they other one is whey). He was off all dairy but has just recently passed his milk challenge at PMH at 18months old and has no further allergies.

    I am also in Perth and we saw a fabulous private allergy specialist- I'll PM his details. Due to DS age at the time of reaction we got in with a cancellation very quickly.

    Feel free to ask any questions, I remember that anaphylactic incident like yesterday...

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    There's nothing "over the top" when it comes to anaphylaxis. The doctor is truly stupid, not you. There's no bringing back a child once they're gone.

    I would do as a pp suggested - see your gp and see an allergy specialist. Due to the breathing difficulties I would try and get a plan with a green epipen.

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    Yep, go to your GP and get a referral to a paediatric allergist.

    Ring and make an appointment and stress your bub had an anaphylactic reaction and get an urgent appointment or be put on a cancellation list.

    I Would ring a few allergists to find out what their waiting periods are like and explain the anaphylaxis and see if any can fit you in before getting the referral then just make sure you get to a GP ASAP to get a referral to that specific allergist.

    Something like pears and pumpkin are the lowest allergenic fruits and vegetables so try giving those in the mean time if you want to offer foods.

    And big hugs. My DD has numerous allergies and a dairy intolerance and you learn to be diligent, you have to be. It's difficult but when your child's life is at stake you just do what you've got to do.

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    @Scruffy, @Little Ted, @A-Squared
    Thanks so much for your response and great advice. I will get on to everyone first thing on Monday morning.

    Would it be advisable to make my own food for him in the meantime or do you believe the baby food jars with just pear or butternut, potato and beef will suffice. I have read the jar and none of them say that they may contain traces of milk but I'm just soooooo worried about giving h anything at the moment for fear of another reaction.

    It's terrible because I worry that if I give him something now and he reacts that I am in essence poisoning him iykwim 😄😄😄

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    Sorry you got such a dud doctor.
    My child is also ana.
    Call your doctor and get an appointment asap.
    Do some research and find out who the best allergist is in your area and get a referral to them.
    There is a great do group called anaphylaxis Australia or something like that, it's a great group and can help with finding a good allergist.
    I wouldn't feed anything unless you have made it yourself and know exactly what is in it.

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    Hi all,

    So after all your advice and assistance, I got a referral to see Dr Loh. His office just phoned to advise that they are trying to get some more appt slots opened up failing which his next appt is in November!!!

    Anyone know of any other allergists or what the wait time for PMH is please?

    Thanks

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    Public hospitals have ridiculous long wait times. Is just be phoning all allergists on town you would be willing to drive to find out their wait times

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    @Scruffy,

    The and so much for referring me to Dr Loh, we saw him yesterday, he was fantastic!!!


 

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