Until recently, I have obsessed about TJ’s blood tested allergy levels. When his dairy level came back so high in April, we, or rather I, panicked. I just kept asking myself how his dairy allergy could have gotten so much higher when we both were not consuming any dairy at all. I drove myself nuts wondering…
Was it cross contamination?
Was it exposure at day care?
Was it from the Puffs that were produced on equipment that handle dairy despite them following cleaning codes?
The questions and obsessive thoughts just kept coming and no matter how many emails I sent or phone calls I made about the issue, no answer was in sight. However, what I should have done back then was listen to our allergist. In a weird way, I don’t think I was ready to just give in to the thought that I had no control over much of this.
Anyways, TJ’s main allergist as always explained to us that the numbers only show the likelihood of a reaction, not severity. They can change from day to day and aren’t even super reliable. You can have false positives which is why in-office food challenges are the only true way to know if one if allergic to a food.
The following site explains this further…
TJ’S LEVELS IN DECEMBER AND APRIL
Notes: Peas and Soy were both either false positives or outgrown. In my heart, I believe they were false positives. Coconut is a true allergy that caused mild vomiting despite being so low in numbers.