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Infant: Eczema, weight loss, low protein levels...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 28, 2009
  • 03:36 PM

My 8 month old has had severe head to toe eczema (flaking, raw skin, weeping, dryness, etc) since about 2 months old. He's tested positive on RAST tests to wheat, peanuts, and treenuts. He tested positive on SPT test to eggs and garlic. He reacts when I eat dairy, but tested negative. I eliminated all his known allergens (and many more) from my own diet, since he is breastfed. His eczema did not respond, nor does it respond to aggressive steroid treatment for longer than a few hours. In the last 2 months he's lost over a pound, going from 80%ile at birth to completely off the charts at 8 mos. His blood tests show high WBC (particularly eosinophil) and platelet counts and low total protein and albumin levels. His doctor is doing further testing, but says she doesn't think it's Celiac since he's never eaten gluten and she doesn't think it's a kidney problem since there is no swelling of tissues (she is testing for both regardless). I was trying not to to panic before, but after yesterday's appointment when I learned he'd lost so much weight I'm starting to be afraid it is something really serious. I'm wondering if there is anything specific I should ask her to test for or if I should ask for a referral to a particular kind of specialist. We are already seeing a pediatric dermatologist and pediatric allergist.

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