I was just wondering if any of you have children with food allergies. We just discovered that my 4 year old son is allergic to milk, eggs, wheat, soya and hazel-nut. I just wanted to know how you deal with this. Thanks.
When my son was 2 he started to have problems with milk. At first he would vomit everytime he drank it, then he started breaking out in hives when he would drink it. Ice Cream would also produce hives. Needless to say, we pulled him off all milk products and made an appointment with a nutritionist to see how we could get him the calcium and vitamins he would be missing out on without milk. She had lots of ideas and I am glad we did it. He is now 6 and while he cannot have straight milk, we slowly introduced dairy products (with the guidance of his doctor) like cheese and yogurt and he can eat those in moderation with no problems. I make sure he eats at least one yogurt a day to get calcium. I also look for calcium in other foods. Many of the new crackers and cereals have calcium in them.
My cousin's husband is deathly allergic to nuts and when he was little his mother would put a shirt on him that said "Allergies, Do NOT Feed"! when they went to pot lucks and social events.
DS has a genetic disorder where he can't digest fat and has to take supplements to digest his food. Every once in awhile I catch relatives feeding him bites of cookie or candy, which is okay in moderation, but once he ate an entire candy bar without me knowing and his diaper was a horrible horrible greasy mess.
Thank you all for your replies. I think we will take him to a specialist so he can advice us on what exactly he can/can't eat. It's just I've been finding it so hard because everything has milk inside and so many food have wheat inside. It is very difficult but we will get through it.
I'm curious, does he have an allergy or an autoimmune reaction/intolerance to wheat? The difference is a big one, since an allergy will show itself as hives, rashes, and the like, but an autoimmune disease such as Celiac Disease, which is very common but underdiagnosed, actually destroys the small intestines when gluten (found in wheat) is introduced into the body, causing diarrhea, weight loss, weakness, irritability and many other problems. A blood test could indentify this, and if he in fact is a Celiac, he needs to be not only wheat free but also gluten free, which is a little more complicated. It's worth asking the dr. about.
When my son was born I was 17 and a single mom, My body did not produce and breast milf for him so the hospital gave me some formula for him and but he wouldnt stop crying and they thought it was collic, he would vomit all the time, he would scream for hours, little did I know that this is a common thing now a days (babies being allergic to cows millk) my family doc didnt say anything about him possibly being allergic to milk based formula, he told me to try formula without iron with iron...then finally a lady at the hospital told me when i was there one night because my son was in so much pain i didnt know what to do he was only 3 months old...she mentioned trying him on soy based formula......and it worked....then I switched my son's doctor to a pediactric doc...they gave me liquid vitamines to put into his bottles and he has been fine ever since....he is now 3 1/2 and can eat some milk products but only a little bit a day or he will have really bad stomach cramps and the poops as he says it....
hello, my son just turned a year old and is lactose intolerant, i haven't really ever given him cow milk yet but he eats off his older brother's food (who is 2) and everytime he gets the milk or cheese he gets sick and has diarrahea for like 4 days. he is going to the dr. next week for it.