Allergies


My husband, bless him, took time recently to help me write this handout for dads who are about to find themselves in the world of food allergies.  A dad’s role in helping the mommy deal and investigate food allergies is paramount in the successful healing of your child, and the survival of your marriage. In this handout, we educate you concisely on how your child’s allergies happened, what to look for, how to support your partner, how to heal, and what the long term prognosis is…

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Food: Homemade NT Based Almond Milk
Date Started: 12/21
First Meal: Breakfast
Trial Amounts: 1/4 cup
Trial End: 12/26
Top 8 Allergen: YES

We saw the allergist last week and he’d like to see us get more aggressive with trying new foods, with the goal to be off the Elecare formula ASAP, but definitely by the time the little guy turns 2.  So to get closer to that goal, we are trying out almond milk.

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In 2004, Congress passed the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act.  Its goal was to provide allergic consumers the information to make healthy and smart decisions, by having foods containing the Top 8 allergens clearly labeled.  Unfortunately, manufacturers have been slow to comply and consistently fail to accurately label their products, putting the allergic public in danger. But you can stay of top of your allergens with these alert services…

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Food: Shrimp (one of the Top 8 allergens)
Date: 12/10/09
Meal: Dinner
Size of Portion: Maybe 1 shrimp total
Reaction Symptoms: trouble going to sleep, apparent pain or reflux, screeching, waking up at 3am ready to party, wiggling around until 4am, needing “out of bed” help to get back to sleep, rash on lower back, pimply or hives seen the following morning
Resolution: administered 1/2 tsp Terramin Clay to stop the reaction and prevent the food from being fully digested.

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If your doctor has told you to avoid dairy, or you are testing it out on your own, you are about to realize that milk isn’t just milk anymore.  Understanding the alternative names, frequent places it can hide, and fabulous alternatives will help you be an expert in being dairy free.  And just in case you don’t understand the acronyms you may find on the web, DF = Dairy Free and CF = Casein Free

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