I have two adorable and fun loving boys (My Little Men). Both of which have multiple food allergies. My oldest son, Christian, was diagnosed with an egg allergy when he was 18 months old. My youngest son, Atticus, was diagnosed with a dairy, soy, peanut and tree nut allergy when he was only 9 months old. It has been quite the adventure, to say the least.
Following their diagnosis, I spent many months and sleepless nights doing research and learning the ins and outs of how to keep my precious boys safe and reaction free. I learned how to read food labels, alternate names for their allergies, and mostly how to cook and bake for my boys.
As you may know, dealing with food allergies (especially with toddlers) can be incredibly challenging at times. Just when you think things aren’t so bad and you tell yourself, “I’ve got this!” — Something happens. For me the reality of the food allergies set in on a spring day in April when I frantically called 911 after my youngest son’s swelling progressed to the point where I couldn’t recognize his face and he began to gasp for air. Luckily I managed to get some Benedryl in him prior to his throat closing and the paramedics just live around the corner. We were able to leave the ER with a nasty bout of hives covering his entire body and a prescription for oral steroids within a few hours. Talk about scary! I still have nightmares! To read more of my story, click here.
Being diagnosed with a life-threatening food allergy is terrifying. It is my hope and dream that we’ll eventually find a cure so that our little ones can enjoy some of life’s greatest pleasures without being fearful of what it may do to them or how others will view them. It breaks my heart when I think about the fact that my boys won’t be able to go out for pizza with friends or eat the dessert at birthday parties. It’s hard enough being a kid!
I have created this site so that I can share with you a little of how we survive each day, to give others struggling with the food allergies a sense of community so that you won’t feel like you are going at this alone and above all to share some of my favorite “allergy-friendly” recipes. Please send me your recipes, ideas and feedback. I love hearing from you.
Update: March 30, 2016
Since writing this on February 21, 2012, things have drastically changed for us. My youngest still has food allergies, but he has outgrown dairy, peanut, coconut, almond, pecan, and hazelnut. He is left with sesame, cashew, pistachio and eggs.
My oldest still has his egg allergy, but I’m happy to report that his IgE numbers have dropped drastically.