I'm a mother of a 2 and half year old DD who suffers from allergies to dairy, egg and nuts. She also sufferes from ezcema and hayfever. I am looking for other mothers in Geelong area who are in a similar boat - especially to share info on where to get appropriate foods, and allergy friendly places. It seems a waste of time to reinvent a wheel that has already been made. I'm sure we can all share some info. love to hear from you.:wave:
Hi, I am not in your area, but we have some similar problems - you might find it hard to get in touch with people with the same problems. I certainly have.
Anaphylaxis Australia is a good place to start - google them and you'll find a load of great info.
My daughter has ana to egg and nuts. She has severe eczema, unrelated to most of her allergies, as we've discovered. She is moderately allergic to cow milk protein, soy, dust mite and cats, though none of them enough to warrant life changes. We don't have cats (and I'm allergic to them too anyway - wouldn't have one near me I get so miserable), she's totally stuffed with dust mites, because we have an old house, too many poor door seals and neither of us are madly clean (though we do have a cleaner once a week now). We do have dogs, who are allowed in at night for a couple of hours, but she's not reacting to them at all.
On our allergist's advice, we've started weaning DD onto cow milk. She was BF until 12mths, then weaned onto Karicare HA. In the last few weeks, we've started introducing organic non-homogenised cow milk 1/3 to 2/3 formula and she's 15 1/2 mths. The allergist said provided she wasn't ana to something, it was better to get exposure to help her immune system to learn to cope. So far, we're doing great. No big eczema flare ups and she's happy with the taste change in her milk.
If you want/need any more support, please let me know. We've been to hell and back with management (home, family and daycare) and while we've never had to go through an ana reaction, we've watched someone else nurse their child through his in the ED of the Children's Hospital. Very frightening.
We've not met or been in touch with any other ana parents in Qld yet, but Ana Australia have some great networks, though it is all run by volunteers.
:hugs: and good luck. It is a rocky road, but one worth traveling - our DD is fantastic and already knows not to take food from others at 15mths. I have some other great links if you'd find them helpful - star allergy alerts do a great bracelet (we use it on DD's ankle) and badges with allergy alerts - great for parties and kindy. Just google them. If you need other info like websites for full body sleep suits to help with scratching, just PM me.
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