My purpose in starting this was to offer help to families struggling with the daunting task of finding safe food for our children; to provide links to sites, organizations and support groups; to share recipes, reviews and products that we love. Life now is definitely more complicated because of the food allergies, I want to help you make it Manageable, Livable, and Rewarding!
My goal is to provide, on one website, the type of information that I was looking for after my boys got their allergies diagnosed. I am not a trained professional nurse, doctor, writer, allergist, nutritionist, or chef. I am a divorced mother of two boys with multiple food allergies. I have a BA in History, and will use my research, knowledge and experiences to the best of my abilities to provide guidance. Everything here is solely my opinion, and you should always seek and follow professional medical advice.
My oldest son, Caleb was diagnosed at 12 mos old with severe allergies to Dairy, Peanuts, ALL Tree Nuts, and nutmeg. He also had allergies to Canola, Beef, Pork, Egg, Yeast, which he seems to have outgrown. My youngest son Jacob started showing allergic reactions from about 5-7 months old. He first tested allergic to Dairy, Eggs, Peanuts, and Green Peas; then a few months later we added Wheat and Soy to the list. At 18 months old he had a RAST test done for 19 things-and had reactions to 15 of them! His allergic reactions were ~Severe to: Eggs, Peanuts, Dairy ~less severe to: Almond, Cashew, Soy, Wheat, Rye, Barley, Oat, Green Pea, Lentils, RapeSeed/Canola, and Strawberries. His latest allergy test shows reactions also to: Cat, Dog, Dust mites, Sunflower, Safflower, Flax, Sesame, and cotton seeds, Corn, Beef, Pork, Beans, [black/kidney/lima/etc]. Jacob has since been diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis. He also was diagnosed 9/2011 with bilateral Wilm’s tumors, [kidney cancer];(he has finished chemotherapy and is doing well).
IF you suspect your child is allergic to a food, please, make an appointment with an allergist! [If you need a referral from a physician, that can usually be handled with a phone call]. It is far better to have the facts of what you are dealing with than guessing. The best, and easiest way to know for sure -is to have an allergist do a scratch test!
Please do not hesitate to contact me with your stories, any allergens you want to see on this website, or if you’ve found allergens in surprising products. The more input from you, the better I can make this site for everyone! Thank you for visiting!~ and for your input! 🙂
As I have stated this website is a work in progress~ If you don’t see the allergens you are interested in PLEASE let me know and I will get it added! Please come and “Like” us on Facebook, that way you can get links to great articles, products, updates, and stories; as well as updates on new posts here! You can also feel free to email us your questions or comments @ firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also on Twitter @xFoodAllrgyhelp.
Please be sure to check out my other project~ The Food Allergy Bloggers Conference!
Many thanks! and Best wishes!~Jenny