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Allergic to dairy, eggs, bananas, wheat, weight loss, refusal to eat. Supplement?

Hi, my 2 1/2 year old son is allergic to dairy, eggs , bananas and wheat. I ve been giving him almond milk but a few days now he just refused to drink it and I feel like he is losing weight. He is also refusing to eat food. Is there any supplement that I can give him to help open his appetite or anything I can give him to supplement the almond milk. Thanks for your help!
Asked On : Sat, 12 May 2012
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Pediatrician, Infectious Diseases 's  Response
Welcome to HealthcareMagic forum.
Most of the supplements available are made from milk proteins and which may or may not react with the immune system of a child allergic to many foodstuffs.
Remember that many children are allergic to tree nuts like almonds as commonly as milk or egg allergy is noticed.
It would be best not to speculate about the weight of the child in such case.
The best management is to have a regular assessment of the child by his pediatrician for documentation and evaluation of weight and height growth and nutritional assessment .
Apart from multivitamin and protein supplements , the doctor can also detect possible iron and calcium deficiencies and start appropriate hematinics supplements for them in addition .
Over the counter supplements are not very helpful and cannot exceed the benefits of a natural wholesome balanced diet Sometimes appetizers like cyproheptadine may increase appetite temporarily but it cannot cure the underlying problem nor correct any specefic deficiencies .. Hence your doctor might alternatively refer you to a nutritionist for the better management of his diet and allergy .
So the next best step you can take is to get your child a reevaluation , growth monitoring done if needed get a personalized diet plan appart from nutritional supplements .
Hope this information is helpful to you.
Wishing you and your child good health.

So in your child
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Ranjani R's  Response
Hi Idunn, Children at this age group, grow very fast and hence it is natural as a mother to be concerned about their health. Their sensitive body framework might result in these allergies. Am glad you have identified those foods which cause an allergy. You might want to try wheat free breads, oatmeal, corn flakes, with soy milk and also add fruits alongwith so that he will be able to handle even by mistake if there is an allergy caused. As long as he is healthy and is under the optimum weight range for his age, it should not be an issue. Good luck to you.
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