I wanted to share our experiences (both Katherine's and mine) in dealing with her allergy. There are a lot of informative resources about allergies from a medical standpoint, but I wanted to focus on the emotional side. Also, I was hoping to meet others in similar situations, and I certainly have!
That it is an allergy, not a dislike or an intolerance. I think it's difficult to understand how fast and severe an allergic reaction can be if you've never seen one. Katherine is not a “picky” child; she is a person with a life-threatening food allergy.
We once bought an unseasoned pork loin that had been tenderized with milk. Gerber Infant Tooth & Gum Cleanser has both milk and egg ingredients. Katherine has to check the soap she uses at other people's houses to make sure it doesn't have milk.
We've tried all of the usuals: soy milk, soy cheese, tofu, etc. I think the most 'unusual' thing we do is to leave dairy out of recipes, such as pizza, pasta, and casseroles. And we've all grown used to eating them that way.
Katherine's first reaction was to baby formula when she was about 6 months old. She broke out in hives all over her face, her eyes swelled up, and she projectile vomited. It was very scary.
Almost everyone we know is so understanding, and the parents of Katherine's friends go out of their way to provide dairy-free snacks. The most touching thing for me is to see her friends watch out for her and want to have foods that everyone can enjoy at their birthday parties. Otherwise, as a preschool friend of Katherine's said, “It's not fair.”
Sarah Hatfield at No Whey Mama Blogspot
Jenny Kales author The NEW Nut-Free Mom: A Crash Course in Caring for Your Nut-Allergic Child
Sarah Prye author Food Allergies on the High Seas
Sharon Chisvin author of The Girl WHo Cannot Eat Peanut Butter
Sue Ganz - Schmitt author of Princess and the Peanut: A Royally Allergic Tale
Carla Burk author of My Name May Be Peanuts, But I say Nay to PB & J
Bridget Batson author of Jude the Dude The Peanut Allergic Kid
Amy Recob author of The Bug a Bees Friends with Food Allergies
Heather Mehra and Kerry Manama authors of The No Biggie Bunch
Ginger Carter Miller.htm Gluten Free in Georgia blogger
Iris Shamus founder Allermates
Sharon Rosen Live Corn Free Blogger
Jeff Edner Owner Dairy Free Market
Douglas Samual Allergy Details blogger