Food Allergies- Important!

Friday, 3 July 2015

This post is extremely important to me, so please forgive me if my frustration becomes a rant!

I wanted to write about the difference between a food intolerance and a food allergy and what living with a food allergy is like.

A food intolerance is unpleasant, with symptoms such as an upset tummy and vomiting. A food allergy is much more severe and can be life threatening.

Mikey was diagnosed with multiple severe food allergies at 10 months old after eating an extremely small amount of cake and going into anaphylactic shock.
From that day on, our lives changed.

Mikey as a little dot!

This was before the days of clear packaging labels, so we had to learn how egg, milk and nuts could be listed and spent hours reading packets to make sure food was safe for him.

Meals out, parties and other social events became a minefield.

Now, nearly 11, Mikey is fantastic with his allergies. He knows how to read packets and ask about food and always refuses anything that could be a 'maybe'. He also always carries a bag with his epipens, piriton and antibacterial hand gel in.

Strangers tell me that it is a "life choice" or that he is a "fussy eater". WRONG.

My son has a life threatening condition and what is considered normal to others (eating), could be a very dangerous situation to him.

I would not wish a severe reaction on anyone and it must be hard to understand the many emotions and the condition itself if you've never seen a loved one react in such a terrible way, but it most definitely is NOT a "life choice."

Frustration/ Rant over!

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18 comments:

  1. Informative post and a mistake a lot make! We are going to start weaning in the next couple of months and I'm concious about identifying any food allergies or food intolerances early. #PicknMix

    Helen x

    http://treasureeverymoment01.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you.
      Good luck with the weaning :)
      X

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  2. Grr! It is not a life choice at all....Some people can be so ignorant! It must be so frustrating! It is so good that your son is so aware! Fantastic post!

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    1. It really is frustrating! We made sure to teach him as early as we could and he is so good with them :)
      Thank you :)
      Xx

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  3. Urghh I realy hate how people think they can have an opinion on your childs health or what they eat, especially when they are rude enough to voice it! With Fin being a type 1 diabetic we do get the people who ask 'should he be eating that?!' etc which annoys me as he eats the same as everyone else...plus whats it got to do with them?! grrr...might join you in the rant ;)
    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix over at www.acornishmum.com lovely,
    Stevie xx

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    1. It definitely makes me cross when people offer their opinion on your child's health when they have no idea about it. Come join the rant!
      Xx

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  4. I agree it definately isn't because he is fussy. It frustrates me when I get told that. I'm allergic to nuts, and untill you have a allergy you honestly dont realise how much stuff contains nuts! x

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    1. Bless you :)
      I think the worst bit is all the 'maybe' food labels - 'May contain nuts'! It makes Mikey so angry!!
      X

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  5. Poor boy! That must have been awful when he first when into anaphylactic shock! There's definitely a big difference, O was intolerant to milk and gluten, but grown out of it now, but the worst for him was an upset tummy, nothing very serious. It must be very annoying for your son when people say he's fussy, an allergic reaction is very serious! X

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    1. Bless him, I'm glad O has grown out of it.
      He does find it annoying, but we've had to teach him about some people being ignorant of allergies, so he is aware.
      x

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  6. An important message and one that some need to hear. Thanks for sharing it and linking to #bigfatlinky

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  7. I totally agree - it's so frustrating when people don't get it. We have intolerances here, not allergies and the one thing I've noticed is how often people will offer other people's children food or let them eat while playing on park equipment...a nightmare for children with allergies!

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  8. An informative post. I think people need to take these things seriously - I always try to do as far as possible when we have a little one over with a food allergy. People need to understand that food allergies are real and not people trying to be difficult, especially in this day and age when so many of us live with food allergies. Thanks for liking up to #wineandboobs

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  9. Gosh, that must be terrifying, for you and for your son. Ugh, people can be such numpties sometimes, dismissing allergies as being fussy. Hope your son stays well x

    #wineandboobs

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  10. I agree in every way. It is ridiculous and dangerous. We have found the same. People limited knowledge makes them assume they know best. #wineandboobs

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  11. Oh I understand this post totally! Ava has multiple allergies, we still don't know the extent of them. My big bug bear is when people confuse lactose intolerance and cows milk protein allergy!! Drives me insane. Thanks so much for linking up to #PickNMix

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  12. Great post!

    In the modern world of food intolerances becoming more prevalent and talked about (of which I have a few), it's easy to forget that there are so many people out there with true allergies.

    We are so lucky in our house to have to deal with intolerances rather than allergies, and you must be so proud of your boy in the way he deals with it so well, at such a young age.

    Thanks for linking up to #wineandboobs!
    @twentyfirstmama

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