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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 Emily it was clear to me that she had cow’s milk allergy. She went dairy-free: her reflux disappeared and her skin cleared up – a great result.
And still, whenever she eats any dairy foods, her eczema flares up again.  She also vomits. Yes, she gets sick with milk.
Diagnosis: How did the diagnosis get made?  We did skin prick tests, she had a positive reaction to milk. She got better off milk.  Simple.
I am perplexed that my colleague remains skeptical about food allergy (for over a decade), this is despite Emily clearly getting completely better when milk was eliminated from her diet. The medical literature shows that between 2-3% (up to 1-in-25) children have food allergy.
It is common.
It is fully documented in the medical literature.
It can be readily diagnosed.
So, why not take this serious disease seriously?
A lot of children would benefit.
Dr Rodney Ford
Paediatrician, The Childrens Clinic | Allergy Centre, Christchurch.
Getting children healthy again

I’ve gotten such great service

We have just seen Melody with troublesome eczema – breastfed.  

Her mum writes: “After nearly 3 months of issues with our 3 month old I finally feel like I can relax about her. Just knowing what she is allergic to – e.g. causing her skin & growth issues – has given me SO much peace of mind! I’m so grateful for the service you have given us! I’m pleased that we made the decision to come to you and get the testing done, despite the cost. We don’t have insurance so for us it was a big investment, but we are happy we made it. Seeing the wait for the hospital is so long at the moment I can’t imagine what our lives would have been like had we not come to you now.”

“And I’m extra grateful that you took the time to call me back last night and that you provided me with a prescription to get Melody’s infection sorted. I feel like we are in such great hands. I’ve already recommended you to a friend and of course we are telling everyone where we took Melody. Thank you SO MUCH!” 

Our reply: “Thanks for your kind words – yes we do care for our children – that is what life is all about – giving/caring/living. We encourage others to get their eczema children tested for food allergy.” We say “don’t guess – test!” RF


Eczema in babies often a food allergy

We saw three babies in the Children’s Clinic | Allergy Center today who all with bad eczema, they all had food allergies, and were all fully breast fed. Mother’s foods come through the breast milk in tiny amounts. Egg, peanut, soy, wheat and dairy are the most common foods to trigger this eczema – especially on the face. The skin-prick-tests showed up the food allergy – the mums will take these foods out of their diet and the babies will get better (there is whole a lot more that we do to “cure” their eczema. Doctor Rodney Ford (Paediatrician).