Monday, January 18, 2010
Food Allergies/Lactose Intolerance
Lactose Intolerance has been a big thing at our house lately. We've been dealing with diarrhea diapers off and on since October, then the month of December we dealt with nothing but diarrhea. I finally took Lucas to the doctor and he thought he could possibly be lactose intolerant. So, for the past two weeks Lucas hasn't been able to eat any dairy products or anything that contains milk. Luckily, the diarrhea has been basically non-existent since taking Lucas off Dairy products. This has been a very hard thing to do; everything contains milk! I've had to be a little creative with snacks because Lucas loves cheese and yogurt. Everyone I use as a babysitter, and anyone he spends time with, has to be told that he cannot have dairy products. I'm hoping this is a phase and that he will grow out of it.
I know many families have dealt with lactose intolerance or food allergies. This can be a very difficult thing to deal with and spreading the word that your child can't eat certain things can be a daunting task. Schools, daycare, church teacher and activities, family and friends all need to be aware of what a child can and cannot eat. I've got some tips for spreading the word and for lactose intolerant proof snacks!
Spreading the word:
Email! For teachers and schools this is a very good way to let them know what is going on. If you find out your child cannot eat something, email your child's teacher, principle, and anyone else at the school that should be aware of the allergy.
Also, just talking to people you take your child too.
Pretzels; these has been a life saver!
Graham Crackers; every brand that I have looked at has been dairy free.
Fruit and dried fruit
Celery and peanut butter
Carrot sticks and a dipping sauce other than ranch
I don't know a ton about food allergies, but lactose intolerance has certainly made me stretch my grocery budget as soy milk is almost a dollar more per half gallon than regular milk. Hopefully people with children with food allergies will be able to share a couple more tips for helping spread the word and snacks. If you have any tips relating to lactose intolerance or food allergies please share!