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He will just grow out of it!

How many times have a heard this.  I have just seen a boy with severe eczema, food allergies, who is quite miserable.  His mother is doing the best that she can and each time she takes him to her doctors they say “he will just grow out of it”.  How irritating for the parents to hear this each […]

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New to food allergy – what to do next?

When your child has just been diagnosed with food allergy, you probably will want some help as to what to next. We interviewed a group of mothers who had recently attended their appointment at the Childrens Clinic | Allergy Centre. Their children had been diagnosed with food allergy. We asked them how we could help […]

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Food allergies in 6% of young children

A research paper by Wang & Sampson declare food allergy as very common. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21364287 They say: “Food allergies affect up to 6% of young children and 3%-4% of adults. They encompass a range of disorders that may be IgE and/or non-IgE mediated, including anaphylaxis, pollen food syndrome, food-protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome, food-induced proctocolitis, eosinophilic gastroenteropathies, and atopic […]

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Mum makes plea: recognise allergy

Clair, a mum, writes this to me: “Dr Ford, it frustrates me so much to see so many babies on Zantac and comfort formula and still suffering. My daughter was one of those babies until she was diagnosed by you as having a milk protein allergy. I moved back to the UK and my son was born.  It took […]

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Eczema and food allergy – linked?

The medical evidence, without-a-shadow-of-a-doubt, shows that food allergy and eczema are strongly linked. However, this is the complete opposite to what most dermatologists will tell you. Why is this so? I don’t know. For example, Kartina says: “My son’s ex dermatologist clearly hasn’t read anything that’s ever been written! Was told straight up food allergies […]

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Next-best to breast milk?

We see lots of mothers who are trying to work out when and how to wean their child from the breast onto a baby formula.They want to know: When? What? Why?  What milk formula should I give my baby? We can help you. What is next-best to breast milk? The “next-best” alternative to breast milk is “artificial” […]

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Allergy testing in Christchurch

This query came today: “I am in Christchurch and my GP says there is no allergy testing available anymore in Christchurch. Is this true?” Reply: Well, it depends what you mean by allergy testing. Skin prick testing for allergies:  This is available at Canterbury Health Laboratories (CHL), at the hospital.  Needs a GP referral. Wait […]

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Reflux / eczema – cow’s milk allergy

Just seen Emily in The Childrens Clinic, Christchurch.   She is one-year-old and had eczema and reflux disease. However, a few months ago she saw her local pediatrician who said “I don’t believe in reflux!” Also he said “I don’t believe in doing skin prick tests – they are useless!”   But when I first saw […]

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