Alleries made easier!
When I was pregnant, I read about this word and thought, “it won’t happen to me.” Well allergies did as there are many in my husband’s family! Through trial and error, we have seen that Bella is lactose intolerant as well as hay fever, like her daddy. I Googled every known sign of allergies and started to put the pieces in the puzzle together. However, just because it causes her discomfort, doesn’t mean that Bella doesn’t love to eat things that she shouldn’t. She loves yoghurt and it has been quite interesting finding out different types of products that she can eat!There are quit a few different things that can cause allergies and if you introduce them to your child, always try to do it earlier in the day so that if they show signs of an allergy or start having a massive reaction, you can get to doctors easier than at night and if they have the reaction while they are asleep, you would not know about it and it could be very dangerous. There are foods to be wary of when you introduce them and try to do them one at a time so that it is easier to pinpoint what is causing the allergy. Pay careful attention when giving them eggs, wheat, milk, peanuts, soy, fish i.e. salmon or tuna, shellfish like muscles or crayfish and tree nuts like walnuts and cashew nuts.
Abbi’s Signs of allergies:
The below mentioned is my own conclusions and should not be taken as medical facts. Always check with your GP!
- Cramps at night
- a lot of gas that can cause pain and wriggling around of your child to get comfortable
- a red rash that appears quite soon on the face and under the chin after eating something, can often appear on the body as a rash that looks like heat rash
- Bloated tummy especially an hour or two of eating something.
I would recommend taking your child to the doctor if you suspect an allergy and get them to do a check just to make sure of what exactly is causing the allergy. Also if the signs do come out and they are not severe, make a note of what you gave your child and stay away from that food/item for at least a week. Then try to re-introduce it, if the signs come out, you will know what the culprit is!
Tips if they have allergies:
- always check the ingredients in the product that you want to buy and see if it mentions any allergies i.e. on some yoghurts it says “Allergies: Cow’s Milk “and on some forms of Purity and bottled baby food, it will say “Allergies: This product was made in a factory that uses Tree Nuts”. Never assume that an ingredient isn’t in a product, always check!
- With Lactose Intolerant children, if the ingredients on the package say cow’s milk, whey milk or milk solids, then it will create problems for them as they are all forms of milk.
- with wheat allergies, some supermarkets sell gluten free rye bread but try your child on a little first before giving it to the child on a daily basis as although sometimes it says gluten free, it does have some form of wheat it in ( I speak from experience!)
- It seems that the concept of gluten free foods and foods free from allergies are now starting to find a place in South Africa but are still quite pricey for the average household. If you would like some allergy free recipes, let me know and I can send you some!
If you have any questions or just want to get something out there, please email me!! I understand what you are going through!