My son is five years old. He has been allergic to all food coloring, carmine, annatto, and clorine. This started around the age of two. His main reaction is hives. He even breaks out of he touches something with color in it. Example: a table that has been cleaned with windex. He has had several seizures ranging in severity. This also started when he was two years old. He sometimes stutters and is very tired. He has gastrointestinal problems, where he only has a bowel movement approximately once a week. He had an x-ray, but no blockage was present. His doctor said to just be aware what he is allergic to and avoid it. Benedryl is our best friend. He now gets headaches and fevers when he is having an allergic reaction
Last night,, his temp went to 102.1 with motrin dye-free. He fell asleep, threw-up and threw up in his sleep. We gave him a shower and cleaned him -up and watched him carefully all night. Today, he has no recollection of what happened or what he did for the entire day yesterday. Could this be a seizure, a brain tumor, the flu?
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What you describe is a complex medical history that includes food allergies and hives associated with fever, headache, seizures, chronic tiredness, and bowel dysfunction. It is possible that one or more of these maladies are related and reflective of some type of multi-system/multi-organ disease. You and his doctor may want to seek the assistance of other physician-specialist to sort this out. Given the magnitude of his allergic disease, consultation with a board certified allergist with a special interest in food allergy and additional consultation with a neurologist would be a reasonable way to start.
As to your final questions, it would be extremely unlikely for him to have seizures for 3 years due to a brain tumor and not have other signs of a tumor by this time. As for his having no recollection of what he did for an entire day, post seizure amnesia is a common phenomenon. The neurologist, especially a pediatric neurologist, would be able to provide a differential diagnosis of amnesia in a 5 year old.
This is an appropriate time for you and his doctor to request assistance.
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