Name: Jennifer Dufour
Date registered: March 15, 2012
I was an extremely shy and timid person, but when I became a mom 6 years ago that all changed! A parent must act as an advocate for their child and look out for what is best for them. After going through my own set of food allergy issues, I began to notice similar reactions in my daughter, except she'd get tiny little hives around her mouth every time she ate tomatoes. Her pediatrician just chalked it up to her skin being super sensitive and being a drooly kid. He didn't feel the need to have her tested by an Allergist. Well, mom knows best and sure enough not only did she have an allergy to tomatoes, but to soy, a number of fruits best classified as a Birch Pollen Allergy, and nuts. Shortly after my daughter's diagnosis at 2 years old, we placed her into a pre-school. Although we supplied instructions, the school would still give her food from the center because THEY thought it was safe for her to eat and, as everyone with a soy allergy knows, soy is in just about all processed foods. Who were THESE people to make that decision for MY child?!! We also found that her soy allergies were a problem her skin came in contact with it. I quickly learned about soaps and lotions which had Vitamin E and glycerin (often soy based) and even many craft supplies that have soy bases which would cause unsightly eczema on my little girls hands (FYI- some carpets have soy in them too!). I had to create a very detailed document for the center to educate them about allergies and even had a 'responsibilities' list of what I expected of them and what they could expect from me in order to keep my daughter safe at school. (here is a copy of my form) We've been lucky that our daughter has outgrown the tomato and apple allergy, but part of me wonders if she really has or if it has just manifested itself into other symptoms, like her asthma. I am still very cautious when it comes to her eating tomatoes and apples. While her skin reacts with a negative result on the prick tests for those foods, her tummy tells me she is still quite sensitive. Allergists will admit testing for allergies is not an exact science and the key is to be observant, to know your child and to be an advocate for your child to keep them safe! I am lucky to have had a culinary background and I'm not afraid of cooking so I made a lot of homemade meals and snacks and got a large freezer in the basement to make large batches. But I will say convenience snacks and treats for the various holidays were a challenge to find. While many local grocery stores are starting to carry some foods that my daughter can eat, candy is especially hard to find, that was until we started MadAlexProducts.com! So not only am I the buyer for MadAlexProducts.com, but also a customer with a very happy little girl who loves to get treats just right for her!
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