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Food Allergy Children Case Studies 1

Vomiting and Failure to Thrive

A 12 month old infant presented with the problem of recurrent vomiting and failure to thrive. Mother was desperate, having tried many different formulas and feeding schedules with no lasting success. The doctors she consulted had started to blame her for the feeding failures. The infant started out on a cow's milk formula, which was associated with colic and vomiting. Several different brands were tried on doctors' advice. By 4 months, he had gained only 3 pounds and was switched to a Soya formula which he tolerated for 4 weeks, but then all his disturbances recurred. Powdered infant feedings, fruit juices, and infant vegetable foods were tried, with little success. Nutramigen, a hypoallergenic milk formula, based on hydrolysed milk protein, was accepted well, with the addition of squash and sweet potato, 2 ounces/day. He had generalized food allergy pattern and required a carefully supervised hypoallergenic diet for several years.

Infant Eczema

A 3 month old infant who was exclusively breast fed by a conscientious mother presented with severe eczema. His entire skin was red, blistering, and scaling. He was understandably irritable, often crying, and slept poorly through the night. Mother had been applying steroid creams to his skin and giving him oral antibiotics with little benefit. Her diet was unrestrained and she drank extra milk and ate generous amounts of yogurt and cheese on her physician's advice, to supply nutrients for lactation.

In view of the infant's extreme distress, I advised the mother to eat only foods on Phase 1 of Alpha Nutrition. All medication was discontinued. Within two weeks of the mother's diet revision, the infant's skin was clearing dramatically, and he appeared to be much happier, sleeping through the night with only one brief wakening for feeding. Mother was able to slowly expand her diet but found that the baby reacted often severely when she deviated from her "safe diet". When the infant was six months old she began to slowly introduce the same phase 1 foods which he had tolerated in her diet.

Temper Tantrums, Frequent Colds

A three year old boy presented with "continuous temper tantrums", sleep disturbances, and cold-like symptoms which had persisted since three months of age. He had received recurrent antibiotics for cold, cough, and ear "infections. His behavior grew progressively worse during his second year until mother was desperate for help. In her words "nothing works - he cries, screams, protests, and fights all the time". Punishment was never effective in controlling his angry, aggressive outbursts.

He was a fussy eater who would eat only bread, peanut butter, cookies, popsicles and he drank 3-4 glasses of milk and a similar amount of fruit juice, usually apple juice. He refused most vegetable foodsPhysical signs of food allergy included allergic shiners, flushed cheeks and ears, nose swelling and enlarged lymph nodes in his neck.

This child cleared promptly on Phase 1 of the Alpha Nutrition Program, but required close supervision to prevent "cheating" on reactive foods (especially milk and apple juice) which produced prompt recurrence of hyperactive, angry behavior.

Screaming and Eczema

A two year old boy presented with excessive crying beginning at day 10 of his life, progressing to screaming fits in the second year. He was fed initially on a milk formula for 5 weeks - he cried incessantly, developed severe diaper rash with red, scaling skin on his cheeks and neck

A switch to Soya formula was helpful, but symptoms returned after 5 months when mother began to introduce foods - wheat pabulum, applesauce, apple juice, and yogurt. He began to have screaming fits at the end of the first year with bursts of hyperactivity and sleep disturbances. We encountered hypersensitivity at the beginning of Alpha Nutrition and discontinued rice, peaches and pears - all triggered obvious flushing, followed by agitation and screaming fits

Three serving of Alpha ENF, 300-400 cal/day were introduced to provide extra nutrients and food introduction was slowed to one new food every 10 days. He remained stable and well on a simple food list (carrots, peas, sweet potato, chicken, turkey) for several months before decreasing sensitivity permitted new food introductions.

Some children remain hypersensitive for several months and must remain on a simple food list to remain well. This child suffered extremely, and behaved like a terrorist when he was fed the wrong foods. On a limited safe food list he was happy, bright, and a pleasure to be with. His parents become anxious about limited food choices, but nutritional support with Alpha ENF can ensure optimal nutrition with normal growth and development.

Hyperactivity, Learning Disability, Rhinitis

An eight year old boy presented with:

1. Hyperactivity, and disruptive behavior at school.

2. Learning disability/ attention deficit.

3. Chronic rhinitis with frequent "colds".

4. Moodiness, restless sleep, and nightmares.

This child had always been difficult and irritable. As an infant on a cow's milk formula, he suffered colic, sleeplessness, and screaming fits. He was troublesome as he became mobile; he was constantly in motion, destructive, accident-prone, and pugnacious. He often "attacked" his playmates with hurtful punching, kicking, and biting. Disciplinary measures seemed ineffectual. Poor adjustment to school was apparent immediately with apparent inattention, inability to sit, and loud, aggressive, destructive behavior. He spent two years in kindergarten, and then was moved into a special class where he remained a problem. Psychometric testing at the end of the third school year revealed above-average intelligence, superior spatial abilities, but poor language development.Nose congestion and cough were common symptoms throughout his life and he had frequent "middle ear infections" treated with numerous courses of antibiotics and decongestants. Tubes had been inserted in his ears on three occasions with temporary benefit.

He remained an idiosyncratic eater, specializing in milk, dairy products, bread, pasta, potatoes, meat, and apple juice. He refused all cooked vegetables, but would eat raw carrots. His favorite dinner was Kraft dinner with cheese, and Jello or ice cream.He had intense sugar cravings and defied his mother's sugar prohibitions. Mother would find cookies, candies, and chocolate bars stashed under his bed, and on one occasion he was caught stealing chocolate bars from a local store. He often complained of stomach aches and leg pains.

He did well on the Alpha Nutrition Program with remission of all his physical symptoms as long as he stayed with safe foods. His "addiction" to junk foods asserted itself from time to time with obvious return of symptoms.

Asthma, Diarrhea, Learning Difficulties

A 10 year boy presented with the following problems: Asthma of four years duration, with episodes of coughing, wheezing, and associated emotional outbursts. Diarrhea occurred intermittently, often with associated crampy abdominal pain. He had had several medical investigations for this, with no abnormalities detected. Medications had been prescribed to relieve pain. Temper tantrums occurred several times a week. While this child was often pleasant and cooperative, he would have episodes of agitated, refractory behavior, often fighting aggressively with his sister and brother.

Learning difficulties at school were attributed to difficulties concentrating and to "attention-getting". He was often restless at school, talking inappropriately and acting "silly". His language skills were 1.5 years behind his grade level and he was receiving 5 hours of special help per week. Psychological evaluation had shown above-average intelligence, but low language performance scores and attention deficits. The child's original diet featured 4-6 glasses of milk per day, Cheerios, grilled cheese sandwiches, Kraft dinner, apple juice, carrots (raw), beef, potatoes, hot dogs, whole-wheat crackers and cheese, ice cream, cookies, Coke, and the occasional cooked vegetable. He was described as a "picky eater" and refused to eat most foods not on his favorite list. He often ate compulsively; for example he would eat several bowls of cereal at one sitting, or repeated servings of crackers and cheese.

He did well on the Alpha Nutrition Program (and remained well at a 2- year follow-up). By Week 4, his parents stated there was "... a world of difference" and he was "...a joy to experience". The asthma, diarrhea, temper tantrums, and attention deficit all improved together, showing that they are not separate problems, but simply different manifestations of the same all-powerful food allergy process.

There are many ways for food problems to interfere with a child's normal functioning and to promote disease. We assume that several problems interact in a complex manner to produce the symptoms and dysfunction that we seek to remedy.

It is always necessary, therefore, to correct nutritional problems by complete diet revision Using the Alpha Nutrition Program. A children's rescue starter pack combines this program with the book Feeding Children with a 500 Gram jar of Alpha ENF, our complete nutrition, food replacement formula.

Brief Note on Delayed Pattern Food Allergy

In this section we are discussing delayed food allergy, not the more obvious immediate food allergic reactions. Delayed patterns of food allergy are not so obvious and generally go unrecognized. Allergy skin tests do not show this problem nor do blood tests for antibodies such as RAST or ELIZA. Delayed patterns of food allergy are responsible for causing specific diseases such as asthma and eczema and also common but ill-defined illness patterns in children.

There are many ways for food problems to interfere with a child's normal functioning and to promote disease. We assume that several problems interact in a complex manner to produce the symptoms and dysfunction that we seek to remedy.

It is always necessary, therefore, to correct nutritional problems by complete diet revision Using the Alpha Nutrition Program. A children's rescue starter pack combines this program with the book Feeding Children and a 500 Gram jar of Alpha ENF, our complete nutrition, food replacement formula.