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Iridescent - posted on 06/10/2012
It's difficult at that age to cut out those foods because replacing protein with one they'll eat is difficult. You may want to ask the doctor about having her on a supplemental formula such as Neocate Splash (hypoallergenic, the company will mail samples if you call and ask) to make up for that dietary lack until her diet is well established. You may also want to journal what she eats over the course of a week (every bite) and have an appointment with a dietitian to see that she's meeting nutrient needs, and where gaps can be filled.
Good milk replacers are Coconut and Almond milk. Our children are allergic to both soy and dairy. Some children tolerate Goat's milk in place of Cow's milk, but they are quite similar so others do not - ours are in the "do not" category.
Read labels carefully - even though foods are supposed to be labeled with their ingredients, they are not always, and be especially careful when going out to eat. Non dairy creamer does have milk. Milk alternative names are - Casein, Whey, Lactose, Dairy, and any form of those words. Eggs and peanut butter are much easier to avoid. McDonald's has dairy on almost everything, and it didn't used to be declared (one statement from them a few years ago was that "allergies are a lifestyle choice" so they don't have to - and they were sued over it and lost). As a result, we do not go to McDonald's at all, ever. A good place for dealing with allergies is Wendy's. Ask at restaurants prior to ordering - often a manager will come speak with you to discuss what foods contain those ingredients, and which ones are cross contaminated by them due to prep methods in their restaurant.
Eileen - posted on 06/13/2012
When Alex was one year old they did allergy testing. He has an allergy to peanuts, treenuts, milk, soy, wheat, egg, cats, dogs, ect.)
Honestly, with him having these allergies it has made us eat healthier. He is 5 now, so we have been in the groove awhile. Why was she tested to begin with? Was she having symptoms?
Eat fresh foods, fruits, veggies, ect. How severe are the allergies? Alex can have stuff he is allergic to in small bits, like yogurt, or a small glass of chocolate milk. We make 90% of what we eat from scratch.
With the peanut allergy, read EVERY label if it's something that will be eaten or drank! Yes, EVEN LIQUIDS!
Firebird - posted on 06/08/2012
Um... everything else? Just make sure to check ingredients before you buy an item at the store, these foods are usually listed in the allergy alert section. Soy's getting a bad rep, so I personally would avoid that, but there are plenty of alternatives. Just look around your grocery store.
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