allergies

April - posted on 11/02/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I just found out my toddler is allergic to milk egss and peanut butter is there anyone out there whose child or children have these allergies and if so what do you do to help your child and family go through the changes.

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Lisa - posted on 12/09/2010

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I have a child who is allergic to milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, dogs, cats, dust mites and i know how difficult it can be. I have spent lots of time on the internet doing searches to get all of my information My daughter is now 3.5 years and we now have the new drama of anxiety which i was not warned about but i have since found out is common in allergy children. We have to be careful to inform them that they need to ask us before touching or eating food but at the same time we need to be careful how we react if we see them going to touch something as it is our reaction that affects them the most. A lot of allergy children need to see a counsellor due to anxiety as they quickly develop a fear that they may die. It is such a fine line. I know how scarey it is a first but we have known for many years now and i am only now beginning to relax a little. Don't get me wrong i still watch her like a hawk, carry my epipen and zyrtec everywhere and reinforce she asks before touching or eating food, but if she goes near food or other kids are eating near her i just observe from a distance and if i need to intervene i try to make it no big deal, just a quick ' you can't eat that honey it will make you feel sick, off you go and play'. I know its easier said than done!

Angelle - posted on 11/12/2010

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I guess it all depends on the severity of the allergies. My son for example is allergic to eggs, but he can eat food that contain eggs, like cake. He is also severely allergic to all nuts and soy milk. He is a category 6 for peanuts and tree nuts which is the highest. He cannot eat, smell, nor touch it. I have to read everything that comes into the house. Going to the grocery store is time consuming because I read everything I purchase. My house is completely peanut and tree nut free. I have to send him lunch and snacks for school because his school is not nut free unfortunately. Just sending him to school is a risk, but letting everyone involved with your child know about the allergies is crucial and can save his/her life. Right now you probably wouldn't have to worry about school, unless your child is in daycare. Either way, you should notify the school (nurse, teachers) about your child's allergies. Devise an allergy action plan, a document stating your child's allergies, the steps you want them to take in case of a reaction, the foods he/she is allergic to and contact information (ask a nurse to help you with that). If your child requires an epi-pen then you would need a few for the nurse and teacher. I would request for the teachers to be epi pen trained so that they can carry it and administer it to your child when needed. Every second counts! I know it's overwhelming...but you'll get the hang of it. In my opinion, preventing a reaction is hard, especially when eggs and nuts are involved, THEY ARE IN EVERYTHING! Being prepared is crucial. Carry the epi pen and benadryl @ all times, everywhere you go. I hope this helps you out...you can email me if you need someone to talk to. Ravensangelle@gmail.com

Angelle

Florida - posted on 11/11/2010

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My children are mostly vegan: so we have whole cook books without cow's milk or eggs. Do you need recipes



Around here, we make the best pancakes, and also French toasts without eggs, eggless omelettes, and the recipes are easy !

Star - posted on 11/10/2010

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Allergies are no fun! I have a lot of allergies, but my son is lucky enough to not have any that we know of. I am allergic to pork, eggs, sunflower seeds, rosemary, lavender, poppy seeds, and cantelope. (to name a few).
Eggs are in a lot of things, so that is by far the hardest one. I found a recipe for bread that has no eggs in it. Let me know if you would like it! It's not hard to make either.

Sabrina - posted on 11/10/2010

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Food allergies are no fun! My 11 month old son is allergic to wheat. Wheat is in SO MANY things. If he eats gluten free bread, crackers, noodles....they have to be manufactured in a wheat free facility even. Go to google and type in the food allergies your child has and you can do some research on it and will know more of what to look for in ingredients. And every time you are at a store, check the ingredients. Even if you know 1 brand is ok, check it everytime because sometimes manufacturers make small adjustments to their ingredients. Also, at home, keep some of your foods for your child in a separate place so that you can easily grab it out knowing its ok to feed your child that. Or you can write your childs name on the box. My son has his own cabinet shelf. I'm not sure where you live, but some places have better stores than others when it comes to food allergies. Where I live we have a place called Food Fantasies and they have a lot of milk and nut free stuff and a few gluten free items. So far I've not had too many issues since mine is little and just recently switched to almost only solid foods. Here soon I will be taking away all jard baby food and then will have to keep watch even more.

Tanya - posted on 11/09/2010

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HI April
My children are all lactose intolerant & can't have nuts either. They drink soya milk , or you can get coconut milk or rice milk .You can buy dairy free, egg free foods called free from , from supermarkets .We find it quite easy remember Whey powder is from milk too , look at ingredients closely when buying your foods , it is second nature to us now , hope this helps , you can join my circle if you want too from Tanya

Jenn - posted on 11/09/2010

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Check out www.foodallergy.org they are a non-profit that specializes and advocates for people with food allergies. They have recipes available free on the website, and several cookbooks for purchase. They also have programs designed to help families and caregivers understand more about the allergies. You can also purchase a credit card size laminated card for each food allergy you need to be aware of...I take this to the grocery store and give copies to my son's teachers at school and at church as well as to family members who may be providing food for my son. During our first few holidays, we had red and green stickers that we placed on dishes as family members came in with food. Red meant that my son was not allowed to have it, and green meant that it was "Noah-safe" and he could have it. We have tried to make sure that we explain to him why he can't have something that a friend may be eating...this was a challenge as he's also autistic, however, we accomplished this and he knows and can tell you that if he has milk, he will get sick and can die. He's able to share this with classmates, and friends at church.

The most important thing you can do is read, read, read! Read labels everytime you grocery shop. Something that may be safe one time, may not be the next time because manufacturers will change ingredients or formulas. Luckily FAAN has advocated and federal label laws have made it easier to read labels over the past several years. Allergens must now be either listed separately, or be in bold print.

Good Luck!

Michelle - posted on 11/09/2010

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my children don't have problems but my partner has severe allergies to various types of cheese and I have a few intolerence problems with food. We have found that most good supermarkets have a number of alternative products which can taste just as good. My niece is allergic to milk. You can buy black chocolate which has no milk. Just ensure you read labels very carefully to ensure none of the things your toddler is allergic to and if you have them in the house then put them out of reach in either a high or locked cupboard so they don't make themselves ill. Soya seems to be a good milk alternative but rice and oat milk also taste good and can be flavoured with shake mix.

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