All Posts tagged food allergy

Dr Rodney Ford’s blogs – where?

Just been asked where are my blogs get posted: lots of places.

see: (posts weekly)   (for paediatric and food allergy bits and pieces – our clinic webpage)  (for other people’s comments on food allergy) (to track down what I am up to – check out gluten free planet)       see Blogging/brainwaves: Thoughts from the desk of Dr Ford

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).


Get your Skin Prick Tests (SPT) done

Consultations at The Children’s Clinic usually include appropriate skin prick testing for food and environmental allergens. We call it a “tickle test” – it does not hurt – it is a quick and painless procedure that gives instant results.

Currently, the private labs in Christchurch do not offer this service. We are told that there is a 6-month waiting list to get tested at Canterbury Health Laboratories (CHL).

We carry out skin-prick-testing on children once they get to 3-months old. Any child with eczema or suspicion of food allergy should be tested.

Dr Rodney Ford