About Mom Vs. Food Allergy

Welcome to Mom Vs. Food Allergy!  I’m Rachel, the mom, tackling the food allergy challenges in our family.  I am a Music Educator turned stay-at-home mom to Nathan & Julia, and wife to my amazing husband, Brent.  Nathan is our food allergic kiddo.  He is allergic to dairy, egg, peanuts, raw tomato, carrot, pumpkin, celery, and strawberry.  We also avoid all tree nuts at the advice of our awesome pediatric allergist.  Nathan must also limit wheat, corn, and sesame due to low positive blood test results, but does not have visible reactions.  Julia just turned 1 in March, and has no known food allergies to this point!  We decided to have blood tests for her, and I’m so glad we did.  My goal with Mom Vs. Food Allergy is to share our challenges and victories, educate those with & without food allergies, and pass on recipes & tips that have made our journey a little more bearable.

September 2013

September 2013

18 thoughts on “About Mom Vs. Food Allergy

  1. You are awesome!! I wish you had been a mom in my generation of childhood food allergies, but Nathan is blessed to have you! Keep it up.

  2. Awesome blog! I have two boys (10 and 13). The 13 year old has the allergies (peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish–outgrew others). Being diligent is hard and I found it best not to keep any allergens in the house. Given your son’s allergies being more encompassing, that may be more of a challenge/not possible. But, can you use separate refrigerators or immediately repackage the safe (or unsafe) stuff when it comes home from the market? Sometimes those little tricks may help to avoid an accident. Not a criticism, just a suggestion. It’s been a long 13 years for us, but thankfully, only one incident–the one where we discovered he had allergies.

    • Thanks so much! Wow, 13 years of food allergies and only one reaction-that’s awesome! We keep our foods separate and only buy minimal things he’s allergic to-sour cream, shredded cheese, yogurt, and milk. Our daughter is not allergic so she needs some of these things in her diet. We have used stickers in the past to differentiate between safe/unsafe foods and they have worked well. I wish I had a separate refrigerator, but we don’t 🙁 Thanks again for reading!

  3. It’s so hard having one allergic and one not. I know that we’ve deprived our younger son of things for fear of an accident, but again, it was only nuts and shellfish. You have a harder road, and I understand that. I hope you didn’t misunderstand and think that I was being critical in any way.

    • No offense taken, Michele. You’ve had a lot more experience than me, for sure. It’s a long road, and I know we moms that are new in this journey really appreciate the tips and encouragement that we get from those of you who have dealt with allergies a lot longer. Thank you!

  4. Hi Awesome mom!

    I have dealt with food allergies for quite some time. I have severe allergic reactions to strawberries, mangos, celery, strawberries, as well as some of the other things you listed for your son. After many blood tests, and allergy medications, it was discovered that I wasn’t actually allergic to these fruits. I am severely allergic to PESTICIDES! The way our food is grown now is very different to how it was grown 15+ years ago. The fruits/nuts you have listed that your son is allergic to are actually the foods that are grown with the most pesticides! Actually, all the fruits you have listed are part of the “top 12 dirty dozen,” meaning the top fruits that are grown with the most pesticides. I would definitely look into this and do your research. Feel free to email me with any questions as I have had to deal with this myself!!

    • Cate,
      I’ve never heard of being allergic to pesticides, so thanks for informing me. I’ll definitely remember that as we go to our allergist next week.

  5. Hi
    I came across your site while looking for a recipe to make dairy free goldfish for my 4 year old son who started out with dairy and soy allergies diagnosed at the age of 4 mos because of severe eczema (he was exclusively breastfed). His rashes disappeared after I removed dairy and soy from my diet.
    He used to get rashes from normal bananas but used to ok with organic bananas. I had read that some kids are allergic to an enzyme in these fruits which produce latex. Inorganic Fruits are exposed to pesticides which increase the concentration of those enzymes which could’ve caused that reaction. He has now outgrown that problem and can have inorganic bananas and papayas too..
    Hope N outgrows his allergies… Thanks for the awesome recipes.

    • Sujaya,
      Thanks for commenting! I hope he outgrows his allergies, too. Glad to hear your little has outgrown some 🙂
      -Rachel

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  7. Great blog! Your son is lucky to have you so dedicated to his allergies.
    I know the struggle of living with food allergies – 23 years old with an anaphylactic peanut allergy, mild allergies to egg, seafood and avocado, and lactose intolerant. I also write a blog about travelling (and living) with food allergies which you might find useful – http://www.allergianabroad.com. I’m also aiming to spread allergy awareness and to make the lives of fellow allergy-sufferers easier.

  8. Thank you for your blog and your success stories with your son! My baby was diagnosed at 4 months with dairy, egg, and peanut allergies. I recently had him checked again to see if any levels had gone down (he is 15 months) and they have actually increased! In addition, he is now mildly allergic to almond and coconut. It feels like hyperventalation! I’m hopeful we are at the peak of things and it’s downhill from here. Thanks for your recipes in the meantime. 🙂

    • I know those feelings all too well, even the feelings that overwhelm when those levels go up. Hang in there! In some ways it does get easier, so keep your head up. Thanks for reading!

  9. Just found your blog and look forward to exploring it! I’m a former teacher turned stay at home mom of a 3 year old who is allergic to peanut, egg, milk, and sesame.

    • I hope you find what you’re looking for! Please email if you need any help. I completely remember how overwhelming food allergies are in the beginning after diagnosis. ~Rachel

  10. I recently stumbled upon your website and I am curious why you are avoiding the food with low positive blood test results if there are no visible reactions. My son is allergic to eggs, nuts, peanuts and dairy. According to his test results he is also allergic to sesame, oats and sunflower seeds. We avoided sesame and oats when he was a baby as I felt it increased his eczema but he now shows no signs of a reaction to these foods so he eats them without a problem. It is my understanding that eating these foods will help him “desensitize” from them. I am just curious what your allergist says. It is frustrating to have so much different information out there when no one really totally understands allergies!

    • Recently, he’s had positive skin tests also, with a big enough wheel to concern our allergist ( carrot, celery, pumpkin). On a few tree nuts, he has a slight positive, but has passed food challenges lately. I’m not exactly sure which post you’re referring to, but I hope this helps.

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