This blog is mine, but it’s also a lot about the people in my family.
Who am I?
I’m a parent with a toddler who has food allergies including: dairy, egg, peanut, fish, and shellfish, plus an (unconfirmed by testing) penicillin allergy. Dairy is her worst…which makes life complicated living in North America. More on that elsewhere. She has a touch of eczema in the mix as well, but that’s actually pretty well under control.
How did this all start?
We’re two years into dealing with these allergies. We discovered the dairy allergy around 6 months while trying to introduce some formula along with solid foods. The other allergies came up mostly while trying new foods. They were then confirmed by testing with an allergist. Poor kid got caught in a perfect storm of inherited allergies and sensitivities from both sides, but she’s the first one to really invest heavily in food allergies.
What’s the deal?
I work, but not quite full time, so I’m the front line on managing most things kid and allergy related. I spend a lot of time reading and talking and searching for solutions to make the day-to-day a little easier and/or less life-threatening, but I’m not an expert.
If you have questions or concerns about allergies in your own lives, please contact a trained medical professional.
If you’re also in the midst of all this, if you’re a seasoned veteran of dealing with food allergies, or if you’re a friend, family member, colleague, or educator of someone who has them, I’d love to hear about your experiences.
Thanks for reading,