Food Allergies

Kristin - posted on 01/23/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any good recipe books or helpful tips on how to feed a toddler who is allergic to dairy, eggs, and peanuts/nuts? Feel like there is just not any support out there for a one year old who has these allergies.

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Stacey - posted on 02/03/2009

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I have found a few things the last couple of days. My daughter can't have oats, corn, or rice so I am very limited! I started cooking her sweet potato fries. I just peel sweet potatoes, cut them into wedges, put them in the microwave in a bowl with water for a few minutes, then bake them with a little bit of oil. I also found Malt o Meal which is like oatmeal only with wheat. I found wheat Chex cereal and she already eats puffed wheat cereal. I also found a recipe for some teething biscuits in a magazine: 2 cups flour (I used wheat flour), 1/2 cup maple syrup, and 3 tbs. applesauce. I hope these ideas help someone out there! If anyone else has ideas, I would love to hear them!
On a side note, my daughter is also allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, but is fine with green beans. I am not sure about peas yet!

Amber - posted on 02/03/2009

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I just found our my daughter (turned 1 nov 24th of 08) is allergic to dairy, egg white and peanut too! How do I cook for our family now?? I would love help too!

Kristin - posted on 02/03/2009

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Thanks Larissa,



I never thought about contacting a dietician.  That is a great idea.  I'll look into that as I get frustrated with what to feed my son.  Thanks! Kristin

Helen - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi LArissa, my allergist team at Mt. Sinai have a dietician that we can talk to, I haven't as of yet as the feeding with other foods is going well, he likes almost everything that I give him and he is still on Neocate/soy formula. When he gets to the fussy stage of not wanting foods then I shall definatly confer with the dietician, we are so limited as it is.
Helen

Larissa - posted on 02/03/2009

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Thankfully my son hasn't had any of these problems but my best friends daughter is very similar. She too is also on Neocate as she is allergic to the cow milk protein. For finding foods for her daughter she was seeing a diatician who gave her a list of foods that didnt' include those ingredients she was allergic to, if was a great list of reference and listed things she couldn't have as well. I see your all speaking to allergists but I was curious if any of you have seen a dietician who could help with finding appropriate foods for your children?

Helen - posted on 01/29/2009

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I think the reason he told me to do soy was his blood levels were a level 2 and when we did the skin test it came back negative, so far it is working, they only want me to stick with soy formula until he is on a full 7 oz bottle of soy, then I can start giving other soy products like tofu.

Stacey - posted on 01/28/2009

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Thanks Helen. Did your allergist think that your son's tolerance would increase if you do the soy REALLY slowly?

Helen - posted on 01/28/2009

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Hi There,
Just wanted to mention regarding vaccines, my son has had all but one of his vaccines so far, he is 14 months old, at a year my doctor was about to give the chickenpox vaccine and I asked what the ingredients were, turns out it is made with cow's blood, my allergist had told me not give my beef as his milk allergy is really bad and the milk gets secreted into the cows blood, so I never gave this vaccine, now that his egg allergy has sky-rocketed I will be asking about every ingredient in vaccines. I do plan on having him vaccinated but if there is an allergen in the vaccine, he won't be getting it. As far as switching to soy, we have been doing it really slowly and under the advice of my allergist, Scott Sicherer. In an 7 oz bottle I would mix 6 ounces of Neocate per 1 ounce of soy, and only one bottle per day for a week and then i would add another bottle per day. I was recently at the dermatologist and she recommended a cream called Cerave, you can buy it in CVS, she said it's really good for excema. As far as why my son has allergies is also confusing, my other two children have none. After I had my second child I couldn't eat eggs anymore, I can tolerate them in baked goods but to have scrambled or fried or boiled would put me in so much pain I would be on the verge of going to the ER, I wonder if this has something to do with his allergies and will discuss it with the allergist when I next see him in June.

Kristin - posted on 01/27/2009

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Let me know what you discover-I would be interested in knowing.  I bathed Matty, my son for the first six months of his life every morning and night and then coated him with aquaphor-he was greasy, but it so worked.  WE don't have to do that anymore.   However, he will have flare ups here and there.  I've found the aquafor to work and I also use Florasone Cream (I buy it at Whole Foods-I dont' know if you have a health food store by you)-its a natural alternative to the steroid creams-I'm not a big fan of putting steroid creams on my kids or myself.  I try to do as much natural alternatives as possible.  I figure my child has these allergies, I don't want to put any more harm on their systems.  I live in CT and I feel like people are up with the allergies, but not.  Everyone is about the alternative style of living, but when you go to ask someone how to eat this way: they don't know-ugh.  I'm so frustrated.  I'm very sad too b/c I feel for my son.  My first never had any of these problems, so it is very frustrating. I'm trying to get to the root of the problem too.  I want answers of why he has all these allergies.  I do!!! I can't accept that he has them-I want to know why??? I am seeing a Naturopath Doctor to get some alternative help.  It seems to work.  I just wished I didn't have to deal with this-but did I do during pregnancy to cause this-is all I can think?? Do you think these same things?  Great to meet you-I think we have a long road ahead of us-but I'm ready :)

Stacey - posted on 01/27/2009

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I am going to go back and look at her records as far as the vaccine component. I nursed until she was 7 1/2 months old. She always had to have gas drops. Her eczema was not go away. After trying an elimination diet, she did not get any better, so I just couldn't do it anymore. She is now on Neocate. We tried soy mixed in the last 8 days, but her eczema is coming back and she is totally gassy and not sleeping well. I am taking her off to see if she goes back to the way she was.
She went to a dermatologist in March 2008 and has been on steroid creams ever since. I don't have to use them much anymore. We also use Mimyx lotion (perscription), Aveen lotion, and Aquaphor. She has sensitive skin, but her eczema is under control.
She has not had the last few vaccines ( I will have to look them up) because of her allergies. They do not want to give her anything that may have egg in it. I can't wait to discuss this more with you. Sounds like we are in the same boat. We live in Wisconsin, how about you?
I feel bad too, because she eats the same things over and over. She is my first, so I baby her and still give her baby food! She can't have any of the Gerber meals or the stage 3's because they all have stuff she can't have (dairy, soy, carrots, oats, rice, corn, turkey)

Kristin - posted on 01/27/2009

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NO WAY!!! How old was she when they developed?  My son got really bad hives and eczema and began to try uncontrollably night and day.  He cried really for the first 8 months of his life-it was awful.  Do you still vaccinate her?  I don't really know what to think about them, my first son was fully vaccinated -no problems.  I hear alot of pros and cons.  I'm just so confused!

Stacey - posted on 01/27/2009

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Quoting Kristin:



Thank you everyone for all your wonderful tips, suggestions, and help.  It has been very helpful.  My son was diagnosed at 2 months with all these allergies (dairy, egg, peanuts, any type of nut-maybe wheat/gluten) and I have been really at a loss of what to do.  I am still breastfeeding him, but he is one now and eating a lot of solid food-I feel like I feed him the same thing all the time because I have no new ideas.  I'm VERY frustrated that the allergist and Doctors have just pretty much sent me out with little information.  SO it has been a huge help to have you all here.  I was wondering if anyone has any clue on why these kids (more and more) are coming down with these allergies?  I am just looking for any type of explanation-even if it is personal opinion.  Also, do alot of you vaccinate your children?  We did up till 2 months-I'm convinced that it was a reaction to the vaccinations-since he got four on that visit-it makes me ill even thinking about it.  Thanks for any insight on what you think!!!





What solids is your son eating and how many teeth does he have? I am having a hard time getting her off the baby food. I am nervous to try a lot of things.

Stacey - posted on 01/27/2009

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I never thought of that! My daughters did not crop up until after that too! She developed terrible eczema in Feb. of 2008, then all the food allergies started to happen, ugh!!!!!

Kristin - posted on 01/27/2009

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Thank you everyone for all your wonderful tips, suggestions, and help.  It has been very helpful.  My son was diagnosed at 2 months with all these allergies (dairy, egg, peanuts, any type of nut-maybe wheat/gluten) and I have been really at a loss of what to do.  I am still breastfeeding him, but he is one now and eating a lot of solid food-I feel like I feed him the same thing all the time because I have no new ideas.  I'm VERY frustrated that the allergist and Doctors have just pretty much sent me out with little information.  SO it has been a huge help to have you all here.  I was wondering if anyone has any clue on why these kids (more and more) are coming down with these allergies?  I am just looking for any type of explanation-even if it is personal opinion.  Also, do alot of you vaccinate your children?  We did up till 2 months-I'm convinced that it was a reaction to the vaccinations-since he got four on that visit-it makes me ill even thinking about it.  Thanks for any insight on what you think!!!

Stacey - posted on 01/27/2009

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I wish I would have read this before I posted my food allergy post. My daughter is on Neocate. We just tried to switch to soy, and it is not going well. She is gassy, waking in the night, and her eczema is coming back. My daughter can have wheat, but she can't have dairy, soy, eggs, nuts, oats, corn, or rice! Everything has oats, corn, and rice. I am having a terrible time finding recipes! She is still eating baby food. Thanks to those of you that did post some recipe ideas! I just don't know what I am going to do. She can't even have Cheerios, and she could not have any of the baby cereals!

Helen - posted on 01/26/2009

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HI Lynn,
The Sophie Safe cookbook was written by a mother of a child with allergies so it wouldn't be a bad idea to write your own, there really isn't much out there for babies and toddlers, I shall have to have a look for the rice cheese, I know we get it here in the USA, but I will have to look at the ingredients. I had my son blood tested for allergenic foods when he was four months old, he went into anaphylactic shock at three months when I gave him formula for the first time, just recently had him retested and his dairy levels have come down slightly as has his wheat but the egg has sky-rocketed. We go to see the allergist in Manhattan again in June so hopefully the Dairy has come down again. My son is also on Neocate but we have been weaning him slowly onto Soy Formula, he seems to be handling it pretty well. Lots of Luck to you and let me know if you write that book!

Lynn - posted on 01/26/2009

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Hi My son is dairy intolerant and we also found out by skin prick testing recently that he is also mildly allergic to dairy, shrimp and cashew - very borederline reactions to egg yolk and white. I too use the Annabel Karmel recipe book (top 100 purees) and just omit the cheese and use Finn's Neocate (prescription elemental formula) in place of ordinary cows milk. I have been hunting for a better allergy cookbook so thanks Helen the last poster for the 2 cookbook names!



Had never heard of rice cheese - I'm in Australia so not sure if I can buy it here - anyoneknow? Finn was also soy milk intolerant when we trialled that before the Neocate - now he is 14 months I have been wondering if he might of outgrown it but a bit scared to rock the boat again!



I even contemplated writing my own allergy cookbook haha!



Lynn

Helen - posted on 01/25/2009

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HI there,
Not sure if you are in the U.K. or USA, my son has allergies to Dairy, Wheat, soy, eggs, tree nuts and nuts, I ordered a couple of books of Amazon, the first is Sophie-safe cooking by Emily Hendrix and the other is The Kid-friendly Food Allergy Cookbook by Leslie Hammond. I also use the Annabel Karmel New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner. It has some great recipes and I just omit the allergenic foods. Hope this helps, I was at a loss when we first discovered all of my sons allergies but it does get easier.

Kirsten - posted on 01/24/2009

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Hi,

My little girl had a wheat and dairy sensitivity and we found that she really enyoyed soy yougurt, tofu (firm), and soy milk. Rice cheese is a good alternative to milk based cheeses and tastes much better when melted on toast. Theres is also a rice type of parmesean like cheese that she enjoyed on her pasta.

Best of luck!

Kirsten

Gems - posted on 01/24/2009

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There is also a recipe swapping community here on Circle of mums that I've just come across. It's just called Recipe Swap :)

Gems - posted on 01/24/2009

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i found a lot of recipes for my daughter on Bounty www.bounty.co.uk



Mums and dads can post up recipes that they use for others to use :) I dont know about allergies but you could have a look :)

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