About 4 months ago we found out that my daughter Mazie has an allergy to wheat. Being new to this, I was wondering if anyone has any words of wisdom? I've done some research and have found some good recipes. Is there anyone out there going through this too?

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Mara - posted on 04/23/2009

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Hi, my name is Mara and we also found out in jan. that our 5 yr old is allergic to wheat, eggs, milk, pecan,fish:( He also have a severe allergy to outdoor mold and is receiving 4 allergy shots a week now. I was very overwhelmed at first but have learned to cope better. Amazon has a cookbook called Sophie Safe Cooking that is excellent, it has everything from muffins to mashed potatoes to chocolate cake with frosting!! We have learned to plan ahead for everything, You can grind your own oat flour from whole oats and it is much cheaper. The whole foods market has become a big help also but the prices are outragous for allergy friendly foods. We have found that corn tortillas make any excellent grilled cheese, and ruffles potato chips and tortilla chips are also wheat free, Rice cakes with peanut butter are a yummy snack too. Hang in there it gets easier.

Sarah-Anne - posted on 04/23/2009

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my son was diagnosed with a wheat allergy only to be told no its actually dairy. wheat allergy is hard! but there are lots of products out there that are available. wheat or gluten is often in many meat products as whey is used as a binding ingredient in many minces and sausages. hard to explain to a butcher! also some immunisations are rumoured to have gluten in them also, u may need to ask ur doctor. its better to make ur own bread as its a hell of a lot nicer than the store bought bread. just horrible!! try these company names on the web BASCO, ORGRAN and SWEET WILLIAM. Sweet william is a fabulous chocloate that is gluten dairy nut and wheat free! and believe it or not its yummy!!! it has less calories than normal cholcate and also gives ur child a sweet treat. i am in australia but was able to source some of these products will in the USA on a holiday! also try ur local coeliac society! best of luck :)

Malinda - posted on 04/22/2009

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There are a few Allergy communities in Circle of Moms that I think are helpful as well as this board.



We haven't 100% diagnosed my son with wheat allergy, but he did react to in on a scratch test and we have eliminated it from his diet (along with milk and some other things). It definitely means eating in more, but the good news is that awareness is spreading and even our local non-health food super market now has a wheat/gluten-free aisle. We've found that our son is young enough (18 mos) not to really notice the difference between gluten free bread and regular bread. We found that the gluten free bread actually makes passable French Toast (we use rice milk and egg for this), and okay grilled "cheese" sandwich with rice cheese and olive oil instead of butter. We've also found crackers and other snacks he can have while we're out.



Are you sure wheat is the only culprit for your daughter? Milk and wheat often go hand in hand, especially if diarrhea is one of her symptoms.



GL - and know that you are NOT alone!!

Erin - posted on 04/22/2009

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Quoting Christa:

My niece will be 2 in July. She has had serve allergies since birth: dairy, eggs, soy, and wheat. It has not been an easy run for my sister and her family, my heart goes out to you. You don't know how hard it is until it hits close to home! My niece can have wheat if it is well cooked. What kind of reaction does your daughter have? I really hope she grows out of it, good luck with everything!



-she was throwing up her food hole. (like 4 hours after eating it)                     



-Diarrhea for weeks at a time.



-rashes / really bad diaper rash



-she was very moody



-bloating ( once we started the diet her tummy went down a great deal



that's just some of the reactions she had



 



 

Danica - posted on 04/22/2009

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I use spelt in baking. I make a lot of stuff because it's hard to eat out. Health food stores have a lot of wheat/gluten free products but they can get pricey.

One of our fave things is chicken breast strips coated in rice flour. dredge in beaten egg/milk mixture, coat with rice flour, fry it in a little veggie oil. So yummy!

Christa - posted on 04/22/2009

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My niece will be 2 in July. She has had serve allergies since birth: dairy, eggs, soy, and wheat. It has not been an easy run for my sister and her family, my heart goes out to you. You don't know how hard it is until it hits close to home! My niece can have wheat if it is well cooked. What kind of reaction does your daughter have? I really hope she grows out of it, good luck with everything!

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