Hey there! I’m so glad you’ve found your way here. This blog is all about food allergies.
My Goal: to provide information, recipes, and experiences regarding food allergies. I want it to be a place of support for others with food allergies. I also want it to be a place where those who are curious about food allergies can receive information.
About Me: I am the mother of two wonderful children. My eldest is a non-allergic daughter. My youngest has severe food allergies to milk, soy, wheat, eggs, peanuts/nuts, mango, and shellfish. He’s had one anaphylaxis episode after ingesting milk.
Our Journey: My son developed eczema at two months which continued to increase in severity. I noticed that as I nursed him, his itching and redness worsened. At four months we were referred to a dermatologist who prescribed multiple steroid creams and antihistamines. At one point the poor little guy was getting an antihistamine every four hours! And he wasn’t sleeping. He itched on everything he could rub against. Several times he’d itch himself until he was bleeding.
I asked several medical professionals if this could be a food allergy. The dermatologist refused and still refuses to acknowledge his allergies. My pediatrician stated it would be uncommon but had me cut diary out of my diet as it was most likely the culprit. After following a dairy-free diet (I was nursing) there was little response in his skin. So, I went back to eating whatever I wanted.
At six months, my son developed a MRSA abscess and we were hospitalized for five days. The internist treating him said this was the worst case of eczema she’d ever seen in her entire time practicing. We finally got our referral to an allergist.
The spring of 2012 we got to add Asthma to our list of diagnosis after having respiratory distress and wheezing while taking a bath. Shortly after this episode we were told he was allergic to Mangos, which he’d eaten the night of the respiratory distress.
The Diagnosis: His skin was too inflamed to do a skin test, so he was tested for the top 8 allergies and pets. He came back severely allergic to 5 of the top 8 and were encouraged to avoid all tree nuts due to the peanut allergy. Since the original testing he is now allergic to 6 of the top 8 since he’s become allergic to shellfish. We recently found out he’s allergic to Mango.
The Emotional Ride: Immediately following the diagnosis, I went from shock to depressed. I felt hopeless and worried for his future. I worried about birthdays and him feeling like a normal child. I worried about ensuring proper nutrition. Mostly I feared anaphylaxis and keeping him safe.
Since the diagnosis, I’ve learned to live and breathe again. I still think constantly about food and worry about what he’s doing. But, I feel so much more informed and ready to tackle the day. I have a light in a very dark tunnel. It’s not perfect and I don’t feel strong everyday. But through education I’ve found peace and found that he can have a normal happy life.