is apparently more serious than we thought. When we had Marino's scratch test in July (he was 1), the doctor thought he had a moderate allergy to eggs. He wanted to attempt to do a food challenge in 6 months, where they would have him come in and eat a small amount of egg in a controlled environment. We had blood work done on Monday to test his RAST number, to see if a food challenge was a possibility. Well, the PA called us today and said that Marino's RAST number needed to be 5 or less (and it gets down into the decimals, so even a number of 5 is a moderate allergic reaction) to do the food challenge. His RAST number is 44!! She said that is an unusually high number for someone his age so we need to carry an epi-pen with us at all times. There is also a greater possibility now that he won't outgrow this allergy. ::sigh:: I think I am going to start looking into ways to make egg-free treats so he isn't left out of things. We have numerous birthday parties coming up, and I'm not sure how much longer he will notice he is the only one eating clementines while everyone else is eating yummy cake. Poor guy.
My buddy Rachel at http://allergenfreeplease.blogspot.com/ (excellent blog about dealing with childhood food allergies) recommended Ener-G egg replacement, so I am going to hunt that down over the weekend (our grocery store doesn't have it).