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Old 10-22-2012, 07:45 PM   #1
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My dd is 9 months and we started slowly introducing eggs a couple weeks ago. She's had them 4 times now. I usually only try them on the weekend as she eats breakfast at her sitters house during the week. The first 2 times were uneventful. She wasn't overly thrilled but pawed at them on her tray. Last Saturday I gave them to her for breakfast. She had maybe 6 bites and didn't want anymore. So, I gave her some pureed apples and put her down for her nap. She woke up after an hour which is much shorter than usual and just seemed unsettled. She acted sleepy still and got fussy. I thought she was hungry and nursed her. She nursed from one side and then refused anymore. I got up with her and within a minute she vomited an incredible amount and with some serious force. She almost instantly was so sleepy. Over the next 1.5 hours she threw up a dozen or more times and became frighteningly lethargic. We went to the dr and then he sent us to the ER. She was dehydrated. They took x rays of her belly, did bloodwork, did a catheter to get a urine sample and gave her IV fluids. Within 3 or 4 hours she had perked back up. They said that she had a UTI and that that may have caused the vomiting. They gave her IV antibiotics and then also a rx for us to fill and give her for a week. She had diarrhea for the next 3 days. All seemed well...this Saturday I fed her eggs as part of her breakfast again. She had maybe one bite and then they just sat on her tray. She ate the puffs off her tray but took no more egg (the puffs may have had some egg on them). Following the exact same timeline, the vomiting returned. She vomited 10 times in half an hour. I took her to the ER but they couldn't find anything wrong other than the vomiting. We went to the ped tonight to follow up and he is sending us to a gastroenterologist to check for an anotomical issue and then to an allergist. Anyone ever been through something like this? My husband and I are first time parents and are a little freaked out by all of this. Any insight would be appreciated.

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Old 10-22-2012, 07:54 PM   #2
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Re: Eggs

It really does sound like it could be an allergic reaction...this site is a really good one:

http://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/

I would wonder about it being anatomical, would she be throwing more often and random foods than just with egg? If it were me I would not feed her any egg, or anything with egg until you see an allergist just to be on the safe side (we have a family history of anaphylactic allergies though, so I'm very wary!). Oh, and keep in mind that past reactions don't predict future reactions, so there is no way to know how severe (or not) the next time will be.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:13 PM   #3
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She's had the stomach flu/vomiting probably 6 times in her 9 months. I work in a school though so that could easily be explained away. Her ped said that if it were an egg allergy that he would expect her to have bloody diarrhea along with vomiting.
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Re: Eggs

My son has an egg allergy and the few times we gave him scrambled eggs (before we knew that egg was the issue) he wouldn't touch them. It's not unheard of for a child to pull away from a food that they are allergic to so I wouldn't trust the doctor that it is a GI issue. I would push to meet with the allergist first.

The good news about egg allergies is that kids often outgrow them. Our son, who used to react to pasta that 'may contain traces of egg,' can now eat baked items without a reaction.

Also, one interesting thing about my son's allergy is that the more the egg is processed/cooked, the less dangerous it is to him. A raw egg white could be fatal but an egg baked into a cookie will just give him hives.

I hope you get some answers quickly.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:50 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. He is planning to get up in with the GI specialist this week so things should move quickly.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:12 AM   #6
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Re: Eggs

To me, it sounds more like an intolerance or allergy- my ds around 9 months when we introduced fish- he really wouldn't touch it- but I put some in him mouth and he did eat it. A couple hours later- it was very much like you described- forceful vomiting all night long- at that time, I didn't think much about the fish connection- but it was the only new thing he had that day. about a week later, we had fish again- and again I put it on his tray- but he would pick it up and put it to his mouth- but put it back down- he wouldn't eat it. I put it in his mouth- he ate one tiny bit and spit it out- and we ended up with another night of vomiting all night long. Took him to his pedi whe said he probably had a fish intolerance- and to avoid fish until he was 3- then she had him tested and it showed he was not allergic. He can now eat fish without problems, though he does not like it.
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You can try just the yolk, also. The white is the most difficult to digest and most likely to cause problems.
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Re: Eggs

An immunologist or a naturopath sounds like a really good idea. People can be allergic to either egg yolk, egg white, or both (my son is sensitive to both). Our naturopath has done an amazing job making sure we not only have no more reactions, but also that my son stands the best chance at outgrowing his allergies and sensitivities.
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