Food Allergy Alert
What everyone should know
My daughter has life-threatening food allergies to eggs and bananas. Approximately 12 million Americans suffer from food allergies, according to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. The odds are in favor that a child with severe allergies will come into your life. What you are about to read could save that child’s life.
If you have a baby with signs of colic, she may actually have food allergies. In such an instance, please be sure to test for allergies before getting vaccinations as some vaccines are made with eggs. In rare but serious cases, if a child is allergic to eggs and then injected with an egg-based vaccine, the result can lead to death.
An allergy can present itself in many ways. Symptoms include rash, eczema, swollen tongue, watery or itchy eyes, vomiting, diarrhea, choking and the inability to breathe. If your child ever says “My tongue itches” or exhibits any of the above reactions, break out the Children’s Benadryl and seek medical attention immediately.
Any food has the potential to be an allergen. The most common offenders are nuts, eggs, wheat, soy, milk and seafood. To help others with allergies, please be as conscientious, understanding and flexible as possible. My daughter cannot attend parties or eat out in uncontrolled food environments. Food doesn’t have to be ingested to cause a reaction; contact alone can cause a problem. We read the ingredient labels on everything, as well as the postscript that tells whether the food was made on equipment that also processes allergens. If anyone with an allergen on their hands were to touch anything that my daughter could then touch, or if anyone were to kiss her after eating something with an allergen, she could have an anaphylactic reaction. My daughter’s food allergies are not flexible; therefore, we need others to be.
The advice Western doctors have given us is to breastfeed for as long as possible. We carry individual servings of Benadryl (antihistamine) and Junior EpiPens (adrenaline) at all times in case she does stop breathing, but that is a treatment for a reaction, not a cure for the allergy. The only option is avoidance of the allergens.
We have nevertheless had hopeful results with alternative, Eastern medicine. A treatment called NAET which is usually administered by chiropractors, has been able to successfully cure many children and adults of their allergies.
While this is just a short overview on allergies, you can obtain more information at foodallergy.org.
J.D. Smith is a writer/performer and an advocate for equality who just happens to also be a psychic mama. She teaches chess to children and enjoys creative methods of archiving.