Raising a Sensitive Child

Nourishing Body, Mind and Spirit

Allergies

At one point, my son was allergic to 40+ different foods. Due to all of our hard work and the grace of God, it’s now down to gluten, dairy, nuts, eggs and fish as well as sensitivities to preservatives, artificial colouring, artificial flavouring, other additives). We are experts at dealing with food allergies!

Some tips if you suspect a food allergy or sensitivity

One of the biggest challenges about having food allergies and/or sensitivities is finding out what your child is allergic/sensitive to. In addition to seeing a traditional allergist, I think it’s also worth it to get IgG food sensitivity testing through a naturopath. In the meantime, you can also try some of the following:

  • Try a milk-free and gluten-free diet (most people are sensitive to dairy and/or gluten and most people feel better on dairy-free and gluten-free diets). Ideas for simple glutenfree, dairyfree meals here.
  • If you are on a  milk-free (casein-free) diet, it may take at least one month to show any improvements.
  • If you are on a gluten-free diet, it may take at least six months to show any improvements.
  • Keep a food journal.
  • If you’re not sure which foods are triggers (and you’re still waiting to see an allergist), try an elimination diet, a few foods diet, or pendulum testing (dowsing).  Another crude at home allergy test: You can also take a small piece of the food in question, moisten it and tape it to your child’s inner wrist for 30 minutes and see if a reaction occurs. (Or to test milk, or another liquid, you can put it on a cotton ball and then tape it to your child’s inner wrist.  It really works!). More DIY food sensitivity methods here.

If you or your child has food allergies:

  • If your child is allergic or sensitive to certain foods, even trace amounts of this type of food can lead to an allergic reaction. Avoid cross-contamination. For example, read here when my son reacted to a cross-contaminated toy.
  • My favourite allergy-free cook book: Melina et al.’s Food Allergy Survival Guide.
  • If you are introducing new foods, only introduce one new food every four days. (This is something that is obvious, but we often didn’t follow this advice and then it was difficult to know exactly what the trigger was).
  • If your child has been tested for a certain food or environmental allergen and it comes back as being “low”, but your child hasn’t been exposed to this particular food or environmental allergen, she/he may still be allergic to it. Our story here about how Moses developed an allergy to dogs after his original allergy testing said that he wasn’t.

Some of my allergy posts

DIY food sensitivity tests

Easy GFCF meal ideas – also soy free, preservative free, tree nut free, egg free and fish free

My son’s allergies are healing as a result of homeopathy

All of my food allergy posts


Other useful allergy links

Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) – Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride discusses food allergies in terms of gut and psychology syndrome (GAPS), and the GAPS nutritional program (i.e., fermented foods, probiotics)  that can be used to treat allergies, autism, etc.

Cooking Allergy Free – useful website with allergy-free recipes (based on your personal allergies)

Glutenfree Pantry – yummy GFCF recipes

Keely’s Kitchen – great recipes for Keely, who once had 35 food sensitivities

Kids with Food Allergies Newfoundland – Yahoo group for parents of kids with food allergies in Newfoundland

The Allergic Kid – great recipes free of nuts, eggs, dairy, shellfish and red meat

Went to Farmer’s Market – blog about feeding “a meat n’ potatoes hubs, a vegetable loving mama with hippie tendencies (and phobias), a picky food allergic 4 year old, and a toddler foodie with a chocolate habit”

4 thoughts on “Allergies

  1. HI. I came about you site while I was googling more information on raising my crystal and indigo children (and husband). A wonderful blog you have here! Lot’s of great info. Thank you for sharing all of you experiences. I once was on a similar path involving my youngest and severe allergies to food and environment (from birth -quite exhausting.) After finally seeing a natural path/homeopathic Dr. he now is only sensitive to peanuts and he developes a rash like symptom 2 weeks before he comes down with a cold or cough. Life is simple now. With lots of law of attraction/mental exercises involving relaxation and visualizations of a healthy and clean, clear body, we are very happy here, and I always try to do my best to appreciate the ‘now’! Best wishes and healthy, positive energy to you and yours. Smiles, Shana

  2. Hi Shana: Thanks so much for your comment. So great to hear that your son is doing so well with the naturopathy / homeopathy / law of attraction exercises / visualizations. I also enjoy using visualizations and believe strongly in the law of attraction.

    Many blessings to you and yours,
    Janice

  3. Hi Janice. i have commented on another post as well, but would once again just like to thank you for this blog.
    My son is 3 years old and we heard yesterday that he has Job Syndrome. The doctor prescribed antibiotics for a year, but I am not sure if I should start giving it to him or try and hold it off for as long as possible. his skin is so itchy and bleeding and we are not sleeping at all. I am so desperate to try and help him and have actually been to every homeopath, pediatrician, dermatologist I know. I am going to read all your posts and get some idea of what lies ahead and some tips that might come in handy. Thanx again.

    Lizelle

  4. Hi Lizelle: I’m so sorry to hear about your son and that he is going through a difficult time right now. We have definitely been there, and know what you are going through. We did find that things got better after the diagnosis because we knew what we were dealing with. Note too that there’s a Job’s syndrome FB group that you can join for support.

    Out of all of the things that we have tried, we have personally found that Heilkunst homeopathy and doTERRA essential oils have helped our son, but as you can read from our recent struggles, it’s still not an easy journey. He’s doing really well this week though, and overall, I do really feel that he is healing.

    Some thoughts for essential oils that help with eczema:
    http://www.miracleoils.ca/2013/04/essential-oils-for-eczema.html
    http://mindyoils.blogspot.ca/2013/06/doterra-oils-heal-seriously-infected.html
    http://mindyoils.blogspot.ca/2013/06/protocol-for-babys-severe-eczema.html

    We did start our son on a prophylactic antibiotic (he’s been on it for 3 years). If it were completely up to me, I wouldn’t have started it and would have stopped it by now, but my husband supports it, so it’s our compromise – that we do both traditional and alternative medicines. I pray to get him off it one day soon. I don’t think he needs to be on it.

    Feel free to email me at spirityoga@live.com if you have any questions about anything or need support.

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