Food Allergies

Alison - posted on 12/29/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




Does anyone else have children with food allergies? My 7 year old has 3 severe food allergies and my 3 1/2 year old has none. How do other moms handle it, especially with school?


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Alison - posted on 12/29/2009




Oh believe me I am OCD with how is food is prepared, knowing what is going to be at a function etc. We have known since he was 10 months old so I'm not a newbie at this. Nuts aren't allowed in my home. He has milk, peanut and egg food allergies. He is in 1st grade but he is homebound. He has severe eczema as well. His allergies aren't only a problem if he eats them. He just has to touch them or be touched by someone who touched them. I take him in 2x weekly so that he can be used to it once he is finally placed in full time. This isn't us as parents being overly worrisome. This is our doctors idea as well. When they have parties we take in food he can eat and share with the entire class.

Jackie I strongly disagree. Schools make accomadations for children in wheelchairs why not children with food allergies? It is a disability as well. Truthfully I think peanuts/treenuts/shellfish should be completely banned from schools. These foods are non essential for everyday life. These 3 are the most likely to induce anaphylactic reaction. Even if a child doesn't eat or touch them they can still have an anaphylactic reaction from the cooking fumes. Believe me I know people it has happened to.

Chelsea I am not an allergist but typically milk allergies result with vomiting and/or hives. She may however have environmental allergies. If it concers you, you can request to see an allergist. Best of luck!!

Chelsea - posted on 12/29/2009




How did you find out that they had allergies??? My daughter is 15 mnths old and coughs all the time. It has been 5 months now and the doctors just always tell me it is from daycare... However, she only goes at the most two times a week for 3 hours at a time and as of late has not been for about a month but still no change... I am worried that she is allergic to milk since she started coughing before her first birthday and that is when we started milk and got off the formula... Any ideas

Brandi - posted on 12/29/2009




My kids dont have any food allergies, but my brother was good friends with a boy in elementary school who was allergic to milk, bread, and several other things. His mother packed a lunch for him daily and made sure he was very aware of what he was allergic to. he came to our home for dinner (ONE TIME lol) my mom made hot dogs (thinking that who is allergic to hot dogs) well, he was allergic to the bun, but was very aware of that, so just ate his without. Also, I believe my mom spoke with his to be sure that nothing else would make him sick. I would suggest that you make sure that you know the mothers of his friends very well and be sure that at any function (parties whatever) that you ask what will be served and provide your child with something comparable that he is not allergic to if there is not going to be anything that he/she could have. As he gets older, he will more easily understand that he cannot eat certain things and will happily just choose something he can have. Good luck and this was one of my biggest fears about having kids. It is also a HUGE fear of mine when I watch someone else's children. I would feel awful if I gave them something they were allergic to. I ALWAYS ask about food allergies before I care for or feed someone else's child, but if your child's host/hostess doesn't ask BE SURE TO MENTION it to them. I know I would never take offense to someone asking me about what will be served at their home to avoid a disaster like a trip to the E.R. Most importantly i would suggest you empower your child with all the information he/she will need to know what he/she should choose to eat when out. At restaurants don't be shy about asking how the food is prepared and also don't be afraid to ask to speak with the chef or the manager to explain that your child is severly allergic to __________. Please take EXTRA caution to prepare his food with clean utensils and fresh pots/pans and on JUST WASHED surfaces to be extra sure they haven't mixed up spoons or just "wiped down" the counter. Most restaurant staff will be very understanding and will take those extra precautions if you make them aware of your situation.

Jackie - posted on 12/29/2009




Both my children have food allergys. My youngest is worse then my oldest. But I have taught them its thier responsiblity to say "No I can't eat that" and no one elses. It is not the schools or teachers job they have enough on their plates. When there is a class party I do make sure I supply the juice for my sons class or at least one for him due to the fact that apples can be hidden in the most unspecting juices and its My/his responsiblity to make sure he doesn't eat or drink it.

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