Twins just diagnosed with Allergies to dairy, wheat, eggs and peanuts

Sarah - posted on 04/30/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Any recipies advice and suggestions welcome. My kids are three and love milk and the products made from milk. Also thing wheat free are not always dairy free and vice versa. Also does it have to cost an arm and a leg to feed my children just because they have allergies?

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Crystal - posted on 05/04/2010

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Check out a brand called Enjoy Life Foods. They carry everything from cereal, snack bars, cookies, etc. and it is free of over 8 common allergies including milk and wheat. This company has been a life saver in my house. Also look for unpasturized cheese. Although it is still milk, the process of pasturization cause most kids to react badly to it. My son can't have milk either but has had no problems with the unpasturized cheese (and milk if you can find it).

Kristin - posted on 05/01/2010

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Get together with a dietician and get some books from the library. It doesn't have to cost a bloody fortune to feed kids with allergies, it's just more complicated. Work with an allergist too. I know we all want to avoid unnecessary shots for our kids, but this might actually help in this instance.

In the mean time, just focus on keeping things as simple and healthy as you can. You have lots of other grain choices, unless gluten is the problem. There are loads of alternatives to cow's milk products. I don't know about the eggs though. With the peanuts, is it just peanuts or all nuts? There are other nut butters available if they are okay with them.

The biggest thing to watch out for, and this will be constant vigilance, is cross contamination. Even on products that have been safe in the past, read your labels and pay attention to how they make the product.

Good luck.

Alyssa - posted on 04/30/2010

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I have two toddlers that are both allergic to milk and wheat products. And yes, it can be VERY expensive to buy all the special foods. You will soon become an expert on what has allergens in it....... My kids both love Goat Milk and Goat Cheese products. They are certainly more expensive, but it still gives them all the nutrition they need. If you need to go wheat free, I have found that Quinoa noodles are the most tasty wheat free option. I am more than happy to help with any question or concerns!!

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