Allergies and food sensitivities

Crystal - posted on 02/25/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My dd has always had problems with eczema and we never knew why. We made numerous trips the the dermatologist when she was still an infant and tried creams, lotions, etc. We changed soaps, laundry detergent, lotion...almost every household product! Nothing helped. Finally I decided to eliminate foods and what a difference it made. Turns out she was sensitive to apples..one of her first juices and fruits cuz I thought it was "safe". She may have been sensitive to milk too now that I look back. Now at 4 1/2 years old we know she has a long list of not only food sensitivities that make her eczema flair up, but some pretty serious allergies as well. Any fish or shell fish...even just the smallest amount has her covered in hives. One time her lips were so swollen that my husband had to take her to the ER cuz I thought she wouldn't be able to breath. She is also allergic to strawberry...even the artificial strawberry flavored snacks can sometimes give her hives. I never realized how popular strawberry flavor was in kid snacks before, but it's so hard to find things she can eat that she likes. She doesn't care for much chocolate...which is fine, cuz it triggers the eczema if she has too much of it. Sometimes I think she lives on chicken nuggets and hot dogs though. Anyway...I was just wondering if there were other moms out there who deal not only with food allergies, but food sensitivities? I also suffer from food allergies/sensitivities, and it's so frustrating lately finding foods that everyone in our family can all eat and enjoy.

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Trisha - posted on 03/03/2009

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I can't help myself, I already started.  Forgive my nosiness.



 



I think you have good access to papaya?  Our favorite fruit!  Eat this plain, blended in smoothies, or pureed as a binder in recipes like muffins.



Cassava or tapioca is my favorite starch for making rice flour functionable.  It really stinks you are allergic to fish.  Is it really all fish?  Or just shellfish?  Please just shell fish(lol).



Is she okay on rice?  



Coconut?



Corn?



Can you really get water buffalo milk?  This might work. And you can make yogurt too!



Pork?



From what little I've read, my guess is that your real problem isn't with the ingredients in your mil's cooking but her spice choices.  Does she use a dried spice that contains dried fish?  Check out the spice cabinet and see if some "no" foods are hiding in there.



 

Trisha - posted on 03/03/2009

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One of my best friends lives in Thailand and our biggest joke is that my son would never survive their because he's allergic to rice!



Try goat milk.  Raw.  Very clean goat milk.  



For your hands try the purest, plainest, oil you can find.  



Go to a local grocery store and see if they would be willing to place special orders for you.  At Whole Foods you can order anything their network of stores carries and have it shipped to your local store for free.  Since your local grocery store is already dealing with international shipping and whatnot they may be willing to cope with an additional order.  Most of the products that would really help you and your little one are in aspetic packaging so they could be shipped easily and bought in bulk.



I would also really look into buying a soymilk maker.  You can make almond, rice, soy, and hemp milk in it.   Have you tried soy milk?   If soy is okay, this little machine can also make tofu easily.  



 



If you want, send me your list of staple ingredients that work for your daughter and one's in your mil's pantry you haven't tried.  I bet there is stuff hiding in your house and the grocery store she can eat.



Phillipines.  Could you make this any harder?  lol!



 



Trisha

Crystal - posted on 03/02/2009

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Wow! I've never heard of so many of those products! Don't think I could find them here (the Philippines). That's part of my problem. We have such a limited selection of things here verses back home.  Also, almost all the most common foods here are the ones my daughter and I are allergic to (fish, garlic, onion, tomato, etc). It doesn't help either than we are living with my inlaws and they eat fish on a daily basis AND do not have a working oven...so I can't make anything that needs to be baked.  We both really need to be tested for our allergies, cuz so far what we know is only based on elimination. My allergy is still a constant rash on my hands that has not gone away in over a year!  My daughter has been doing better so long as we stick with our known "safe" foods...but I'm sure there are other things she is allergic too that we just haven't had or she hasn't ate (she is  a picky eater).  Thanks for the ideas though. Very inspiring. :)

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