Friday, June 26, 2015

Milk Allergy Mom in All You Magazine



Hey Friends, we just wanted to let you know that Milk Allergy Mom is in the July 2015 issue of All You magazine.  We contributed to the article called, "Send Kids to Camp in Your Own Backyard".  

All You originally found our blog post about Graham's Backyard Summer Birthday Party.  They used our water balloon pinata picture, and I added a few more ideas for frugal backyard fun.  

We truly are experts in cheap outdoor entertainment.  Although we own NO play equipment for our yard (no swingset, club house, sand box, basketball hoop, trampoline, etc), the neighborhood kids still find our house to be a fun place to play.  A lot of imagination and creativity goes on here!  

In fact, right now I can see a roller skate ramp built with old deck boards out my back window.  I've been told by peeps all over our neighborhood that they like to come by the house just to see what the kids are creating that day.  Can you say, "card board boxes"?  

So anyways, the article gives even more frugal fun ideas for the yard this summer.  There's actually some new ideas I'm gonna have to try!  Hope you can pick up a copy and check out the ideas, too.  


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Advanced Ibotta App Tips



Hey Friends!  By now, many of you are taking advantage of the awesome money-back app called Ibotta. I hope you are all enjoying the awesome dairy-free, organic, natural savings that they offer like I am.

As I continue to use the app to earn Starbucks, Amazon, and Walmart money for myself, I'm learning more and more tricks to the trade.  And I wanted to make sure you know these tips, too!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

20 Reasons We Home School With Food Allergies



Hello Friends!  Today's blog post is something near and dear to my heart.  I've been asked on our Facebook Page to write about our home school decision many times.  And today is the day that the words are ready to pour out.

Before you read on, you should know that I am passionate about home schooling.  We have educated both our boys at home from the start and have really enjoyed it even though that wasn't the original plan. And yes, we did it because of food allergies.  I sense it's really bad to admit that, but I don't know why. I think it's a pretty good reason to home school, actually.  I mean, some people home school just for fun. So why not home school for a life-threatening condition?  All the more reason in our minds!  ;)  

Rest assured, now that we are six years into home school, we LOVE it and and will continue as long as we can.  Hopefully through high school.  Food allergies or not.  That's how much we genuinely enjoy it now.  I promise we aren't doing it against our will and torturing the children.

I write this post because I think there needs to be a voice for choosing home school whether you deal with special needs or not.

But I feel that home school in special needs cases ESPECIALLY needs a voice.  If you ask about special needs, food allergies, and school anywhere online, you will get PLENTY of talk about 504 Plans. "Put them in school and get a legal document and action plan set up."  That's all fine and dandy for many people.  And that's great.  But there ARE other options that I'm afraid are not as often represented. And home school is one of those.  

So as you read these reasons that we home school, you WILL sense my enthusiasm.  I hope you don't take offense.  I know not everyone is going to home school.  But I do think that every loving family is CAPABLE if they so choose.

As the director of our home school group, I get to talk to people daily about why we home school and why we love it.  Our group is now looking to triple in size for next year.  The idea is definitely catching on.  So let me share with you the thoughts that I express to other families in our area:


Monday, June 22, 2015

Stacy's Pita Chips ~ 47 Cents a Bag




More and more, I'm starting to appreciate convenient, individual packages of snacks like this for my boys.  School lunches.  Park days.  Errands.

And buying in bulk is a great way to stay stocked for awhile.  Since I don't shop Sam's or Costco, it's Amazon Prime for me!

We have a few bulk items that we love for snacks.  Seed & Fruit Trail Mix.  Terra Veggie Chips.
And right now Stacy's Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips are about 47 cents a bag!  Stock up time.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

I Saved Over $15 This Week With Ibotta



Hey Ibotta fans!  I just wanted to show you all the great savings I got this week.  :)  I got back $15.35 in rebates on things I usually buy!  Well, besides the Starbucks drink.  But that was a nice treat for $1 back!  :)  And all of this was dairy free except for the Starbucks. 

And ironically, I will be cashing in the rebates for a Starbucks card.  Coconut milk lattes, here I come.  
If you don't know about the Ibotta app, click here to learn more and sign up.  Start saving on healthy, allergy free purchases!  You really can save on things other than junk food.  And Ibotta is all done at home, no coupons or scanning at the register.  Super convenient.  

Have a great day!




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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups



Summertime, it's a great time for dirt cups.  :)  Chocolate pudding, Oreo, and Surf Sweets worms dirt cups, that is.  

These are so easy to make, but the kids will think you are Super Mom for this one.  

Simply make up a batch of dairy-free chocolate pudding over the stove.  

Then crush some Oreos in a baggie, with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin.  There's your "dirt".  

Fill clear punch cups half full with cooled pudding and top with crushed Oreos.  

Finish off these cute little cups with all-natural Surf Sweets gummy worms.  Free of top 8 allergens. No artificial color or flavor.  So yummy!

Store in refrigerator until eaten.  Enjoy!


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Father's Day Sale ~ 20% Off E-Auto Products



Right now you can save 20% on the e-auto products in our online e-cloth store.  Pair that with free and fast shipping, and you are set for Father's Day!

My hubby owns and uses all the e-auto products at our house.  He's a fan.  And your special dad will be, too.  


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Organizing My Food Allergy Life with Planners!



If there's one thing I've learned about food allergies, it's that being organized and well-planned is pivotal for safety and success.  

I'm always looking for ways to improve my planning and organizing to keep my family running well and to keep my son safe.  

And this year I have really enjoyed merging my paper-crafting obsession with my need to plan.  




Easy Dairy-Free Fudgesicles


This recipe used to be our Chocolate Sorbet recipe.  But it tastes so much like a fudgesicle that we now use it to make...well, FUDGESICLES!  :)

This is a great recipe because it requires no kind of milk and no ice cream maker.

We use Tovolo BPA-free plastic popsicle molds...one of my "dairy-free, summer tool investments".
The kiddos love them, and they keep "ice cream truck whining" at bay.

Ready for an easy, tasty, summer recipe?!

EASY DAIRY-FREE FUDGESICLES
1 cup sugar
1 cup cocoa
2 pinches salt
2 cups water
1/4 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients except vanilla in a sauce pan.  Whisk together over medium heat just until all ingredients are combined.  Do not boil.

Take the mixture off the heat and add the vanilla.  Let mixture cool to room temp and then pour into popsicle molds.  Freeze and serve when frozen.  This can take overnight.


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Save Money on Dairy-Free Ice Cream with an Ice Cream Machine





Summer is upon us.  And all milk allergy families deserve ice cream treats!  That's why I want to let you know about one of my very favorite kitchen tools.  Our gel ice cream maker.  

I'm a simple lady.  And salt, ice, manual churning...not my style.  But this Sunbeam Gel Ice Cream Maker is a gem.  I simply make up my ice cream mixture, usually coffee creamer or canned coconut milk plus some sweetener and flavoring, and throw it into the machine for 30 minutes.  Quickly and cheaply my family can enjoy dairy-free ice cream together.  

I know there are dairy-free ice creams available in store.  And we utilize those.  But I also love making our own because we can make our own flavors and can do so on the pennies.  By using canned coconut milk, I can make a quart of ice cream for under $2.  

This ice cream maker is on the smaller side.  It works great for our family of four.  And would probably make enough for a family of six.  

This machine is a great price at just about $30.  I don't know why some people gave poor reviews on Amazon.  I give this machine 5 stars for the price and end product. Thirty dollars is two trips to Dairy Queen for a family of four.  And I've been using my machine now for at least 5 years!  Great return on investment if you ask me.  The biggest trick to getting the right consistency is putting a COLD mixture into the machine to start with, whether you refrigerate for 30 minutes or put in freezer for 15.  We always have a good consistency.  As for noise, yes it's loud.  But that's not a deal-breaker for me.  I put it in the basement if we don't want to hear it.  

If you have leftovers, put the ice cream in the freezer.  To get it to creamy consistency the next day, mix it up in your mixer, and it will be like fresh ice cream again.  

We absolutely love experimenting with our machine.  And here are some recipes we have created!


OUR DAIRY-FREE ICE CREAM RECIPES


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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Free 8x8" Photo Book from Shutterfly



If you are a new customer to Shutterfly, you can get a free 20-page 8x8" photo album for FREE!  That's a $20 value.  Just pay shipping.  

What a great gift for that special dad or grad in your life.  :)  I love these photo books.  

Click HERE to start creating.  

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dairy-Free Maple Coconut Ice Cream



Being able to make safe, homemade ice cream for my milk allergy son and my whole family is one of the most fulfilling things I've done in the kitchen.  It goes right along with my soup-making skills and my homemade chicken broth.  ;)  Ice cream, I'm a natural!  You can do it, too!

First up, you need an ice cream maker that you love.  Not one that's a burden.  And I cannot recommend enough our simple, Sunbeam gel ice cream maker.  It's been kicking for over 5 years, and I paid under $30 for it.  I give it 5 stars for making great ice cream quickly and easily and for saving me loads of money on dairy-free ice cream.  Happy Mama.  

Next up, you need a creamy, dairy-free liquid.  I often used Silk coffee creamers with a soy or coconut for my ice cream base.  But now I'm moving onto canned coconut milk.  That's because it's cheaper, has a long shelf life so I can stock up, and it's healthier than the creamers.  You can get cans for at or under $2 each.  I pay up to $4 in-store!  

Lastly, you need some quick and easy recipes!  We have several ice cream and sorbet recipes posted here at Milk Allergy Mom.  Today I'm going to share our latest concoction.  We even have a video for you!




DAIRY-FREE MAPLE COCONUT ICE CREAM
1 can coconut milk (full fat)
1/2 cup dairy-free milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
sprinkles (optional)

Whisk ingredients together well.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes or freeze for 15 minutes before adding to ice cream machine.  Add to machine and follow machine instructions.  Sprinkles taste great on this subtle ice cream!  


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Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW E-Cloth Dish Cloths & Scrubber Pads




Hey e-cloth fans!  You are gonna love this!  We have some new great e-cloth products.  Are you ready?!

DISH CLOTHS!  SCRUBBER PADS!  Great new additions for all that hard kitchen work we do. 

When I first came on with e-cloth, I highly recommended that they bring the UK Kitchen Towels to the U.S.  They did.  And they have been hot sellers.  So much so that the success of the Kitchen Towels has lead to these two new product offerings.  I'm tickled!  

The price point on these is amazing.  Just $7.99 for a TWO pack!  And free shipping.  Thank you, e-cloth!  

If you can't wait to try these new items along with me, click below to order!  We appreciate your business and support.  :)




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Milk-Free Find ~ Richardson Brands Company Rock Candy




We are on our way to a baseball tournament 1.5 hours out of town this weekend.  And are staying overnight for a hotel baseball party.  This is a first for us.  Wish us luck!  

One of the players has a birthday and is handing out treat bags.  The parent was kind enough to let me know and to check treats with me.  They ended up getting rock candy and Big League Chew.  Miles has never had either.  And while the ingredients look ok, our policy is to try nothing new out of town.  

So I went out to get the same brand rock candy and gum to try this week before the weekend.  

First up, Big League Chew Original flavor.  Success.  

Next, rock candy by Richardson Brands Company.  Purchased at Party City.  I called the company, and the rep answered my manufacturing questions with confidence.  The factory does have milk, but the rock candy line is dedicated equipment with no milk.  Miles ate the cherry flavor, that will be handed out at the game, just fine.  

He was very excited to have rock candy.  And the gum.  Two new things thanks to a friend birthday. We are willing to try new things when it involves inclusion.  But we do our homework, first.  Would you do the same?






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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Allergy-Free Enjoy Life Fruit & Seed Packs ~ Under $1


We are gearing up for a very busy baseball season with both of our boys.  And peanuts and sunflower seeds will be running rampant.  Fortunately, we aren't allergic to either.  However, Miles can't eat them because I have yet to find a brand that doesn't process in a plant with milk and/or tree nuts.  His cashew allergy is so high now that we can't chance it.  

That's why we love the allergy-safe Fruit and Seed packs made by Enjoy Life.  Allergy-free.  Safe manufacturing.  

And the best part is that they sell individual packs!  Miles is going to love having these on hand while his friends munch on other trail mix, peanuts, and seeds.  

My favorite is the Mountain Mambo variety because it has chocolate.  But Miles likes the Beach Bash variety.  

I'm able to get these on Amazon in bulk, 24 packs, for under $1 a piece.  That's a good price for ball park food.  :)  

With these and our favorite water bottles, we will be set for the hustle and bustle of baseball season!

Are you gearing up for a crazy sport season this spring and summer?  What are your survival tips?


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Monday, May 11, 2015

Dairy-Free Ibotta Rebates



Thought I'd show you some more dairy-free groceries we purchased using Ibotta app rebates.  We got back $5.25 on these items.  :)  Ibotta is offering more "any brand" items than ever before.  We used those on the produce.  These purchases were made at Hy-Vee but several other stores have these same rebates.  I also LOVE when there's a surge of Enjoy Life rebates.  :)  

And thanks to Ibotta, we are now addicted to dairy-free Naked Juice Smoothies!  

Remember, you can do the same item at multiple stores sometimes.  So if there's something you really like a rebate on, go to a couple stores.  The rebates add up to Paypal cash back, Starbucks cards, Amazon cards, and more.  I find it's really worth it to me.  Especially when dairy-free, fresh food coupons are so hard to come by.   

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Food Allergies, Autoimmunity, Genetics, OH MY!




Yesterday was my yearly medical check-up.  I was dreading it.  I had more symptoms to report, and I'm tired of feeling crappy and sounding like a complainer.  But my hubby told me to jot everything down, to tell them everything, and that it would be fine.  

After going through my history of complaints and specialists and tests and negative results, my doctor said the words.  "Autoimmune disorder".  Ding, ding, ding.  My son has life-threatening food allergies. I know this word.  But I never really dreamed I had it, too.  

Of course, it makes sense.  The apple probably didn't fall far from the tree. 

Last summer, after my check-up, I spent months doing urology testing.  Everything checked out.  I live with the symptom.  

This summer, my doc is sending me for colon work-up's.  She thinks it will all check out fine, too.  And then I will "live with the symptoms."  

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

6-Pack Zevia $3.99 Deal


Here's another great Amazon food/drink deal for ya.  6-packs of Zevia for $3.99.  I pay $6 in local stores.  

Flavors at this price, right now, include:

Black Cherry
Caffeine-Free Cola
Cream Soda
Grape
Grapefruit Citrus

You can read about why we love this sugar-free soda around here.  Even the kids!  

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Food Allergies & Prescription Medication




Has your food allergy child been prescribed a medication that you aren't sure is safe?  Antibiotics? Allergy meds?  Eczema cream?  Etc.  

If you are wondering if your prescription medication contains any food allergens, head over to rxlist.com to start your research.  But also be sure to discuss this with your doctor and pharmacist.  We are grateful to our Facebook reader, Kellie, for sharing this very helpful resource!


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Monday, April 27, 2015

Dairy-Free & Peanut-Free No Bake Cookies

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Re-posted from 6-29-11

Since Graham is eating oats a little more, and I am minimizing my wheat intake, I made our first batch of no bake cookies the other day.  I found the recipe on Food.com.


DAIRY-FREE NO BAKE COOKIES




  • 1/2 cup dairy-free margarine 
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free milk
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 cup creamy Sunbutter (peanut butter is an option for those not allergic)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 -3 1/2 cups dry quick-cooking oats (gluten-free is an option)  


  • Add the first four ingredients into a 4-quart sauce pan.
    Bring to a rolling boil and hold for 1 minute.
    Remove from heat.
    Add peanut butter into the hot mixture and stir until melted.
    Add in vanilla.
    Mix in the oats and drop by tablespoons onto wax paper.
    Let cool until set.

    These were a hit in our house!  And beware, they are completely addicting!

    Saturday, April 25, 2015

    Dairy-Free, Egg-Free 1-Minute Ramekin Cake




    It was 9:00 this morning.  Skate birthday party at 10.  Wrapping gift.  Making card.  Getting breakfast done. Packing lunches for the predictable pizza party that would ensue in the next couple hours.  

    Then it hit me.  "Jeff, did you make cupcakes?"  HA!  Ooooops, we forgot to make safe cake.

    Now it's 9:15.  Thirty minutes before departure.

    Quick, THINK!  Ok, it was time to revisit the microwave mug cake idea.  Let me say, I don't love using the microwave.  We have one.  But I've almost cut it out of our lives entirely.  I only use it for "emergencies".  And this indeed was an emergency!  ;)  

    Friday, April 24, 2015

    The Effects of Anaphylaxis on the Body by Healthline

    The Effects of Anaphylaxis on the Body

    This infographic by Healthline is very informative about how anaphylaxis affects the body.  Head over to their site for this helpful resource.  You may learn a few new points you didn't know.


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    Current Dairy-Free Ibotta Rebates




    Hey food allergy, Ibotta fans!  There are some fantastic offerings right now.  How do you like the dairy-free collage I made for you?  :)

    When you answer some of the rebate questions, you will notice they are really honing in on natural, organic options.  I think they are onto us.  YES!  We want coupons and rebates for real food, allergy-safe food, natural foods.  Thank you very much.  That's why we love you, Ibotta!

    If you don't know what ibotta is, you can read more about Ibotta here!  It's a super easy, cash-back app. No coupons required.  Redeem rebates into Paypal accounts or for gift cards to Starbucks, Amazon, Walmart, and more.  

    Here are some of my favorite rebates right now:
    $1 on Naked Juice
    .25 on peppers
    .25 on avocados
    .25 on bananas
    .30 on cereal
    .30 on bread
    .25 on chips
    .25 on soda (12)
    $1 on Kashi (includes dairy-free granola bars)
    .50 on Silk Milk
    .50 on Enjoy Life Coco Loco Bars
    $1 on Enjoy Life Decadent Bars
    $1 on Enjoy Life Crunchy Flax
    .50 on Enjoy Life Soft Cookies
    $1 on Enjoy Life Crunchy Cookies
    $1 on Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit Mix
    $1 on Enjoy Life Plentils
    $1 on So Delicious Almond Milk Minis Ice Cream
    .75 All You Magazine
    $1.50 Ian's Turkey Corn Dogs
    $2.50 Ian's Fish Sticks


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    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Earth Day E-Cloth Sale ~ Save 20%


    Use Coupon Code:
    EARTHDAY20


    Includes Popular Items Like:

    Universal Stone Cleaner
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    Kitchen Towels
    8-Piece Home Set
    5-Piece Starter Set
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    Saturday, April 18, 2015

    Food Allergy e-book by Anaphylaxis 101



    Anaphylaxis 101 has put out a free children's interactive e-book about food allergies and anaphylaxis.  

    The children in the book are in 4th grade, trying to figure out how to have an allergy-safe school carnival.

    Miles says this is one of his favorite food allergy books so far.  He likes that they were trying to figure out how to do something together.  

    And Graham's favorite part is about a food allergy bully.  I won't give away the ending.  ;)  

    As a mom, I like how they remind the kids to always tell an adult and to always carry their epinephrine meds.  

    I definitely think we will listen to this book a few times!


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    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Brown Sugar, Oatmeal Muffins



    While at the end of a strict food budget month and with limited supplies in the pantry, Jeff Googled a muffin that required minimal ingredients.  And this is what he came up with.  The Brown Sugar, Oatmeal Muffin.  Guess what?  Delicious!

    He used almond milk, flax egg, and no nuts.  And it didn't take any of my yummy chocolate chips!


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    Stainless Steel Water Bottles for Food Allergy Kids



    Spring has sprung!  I'm so looking forward to our park days and bike rides.  Spending time outdoors with the kiddos.  Even just spending more time running errands around town.  The sunshine gets this homebody to leave the house.  

    To save money on buying drinks when we are out, we invested in these awesome Thermos water bottles for the boys YEARS ago.  I can't believe we still have them, honestly.  These have been everywhere with us over the years!  Errands, park days, bike rides, school group, field trips, vacation. You name it.  

    The awesome thing with this brand is that the water stays cold, with ice, for 24 hours.  Literally.  I've tested it!  

    I also prefer the safety of stainless steel over plastic any day.  No plastic water bottles sweltering in the heat of the car.  Leaching chemicals into hot water.  Ew.  

    I also love that these are easy to clean.  No straws.  Thank you, Lord!  I hate water bottle straws. HATE THEM.  The only reusable straws I like are the silicone ones, that's another blog post.  

    You can see we keep the Thermos and the lid marked with each boy's name.  And these are great size for the bigger kids.  Mine started with these at age 4 and 5?  18oz will keep them pretty hydrated for quite awhile.  A full ball game.  A long vacation drive.  I love this size. 

    Right now these are a GREAT price on Amazon.  I DID pay $25 for each of ours, and it was worth the several years we've gotten out of them.  I'm thinking of getting a couple more for $16!  

    Food allergy life is all about working around inconveniences.  And this is just another one of our awesome tools that allows us to always have a safe, cold drink on hand.  

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    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Miles Tests Results ~ Age 9



    What a bummer to have another year of bad news.  We actually waited two years to test this time as we are just learning to be patient.  Strict avoidance is the name of our game.  Content to be home schooling, limiting vacations, and not eating out.  So we thought we'd give it more time this time.  Miles is starting to not love testing so we waited until he was ready to go, as well. 

    Skin testing was done for cashew, milk, and environmental allergens.  That's because Miles had a mouth reaction to bing cherries, and our allergist suspected a cross-reaction from pollen allergy.  She was right.  Very high. So we have to be careful with fruits that can have pollen on or in them.  The cherry skin prick was actually a 0.

    Yes, the pollen can get IN the fruit.  That's why washing isn't always helpful.  Sometimes only cooking them will help cut down reactions.  Crazy.  

    Tree Pollen Cross-Reactive Fruits:
    Apple
    Apricot
    Cherry
    Kiwi
    Peach
    Pear
    Plum

    Miles tested negative for outdoor allergies before.  Now they are HIGH!

    His cashew allergy was concerning, too.  It's gone up to 4+ on skin.  We have to be super diligent with this now.  

    His milk was an unsurprising 3.

    SKIN TEST RESULTS
    Milk 3
    Cashew 4+
    Cherry 0
    Dustmite 4
    Cockroach 2
    Tree 4
    Ragweed 3
    Weed 3
    Standard Grass 2
    Bermuda Grass 4
    Johnson Grass 4
    Corn Pollen 4
    Alfafa 2
    Mold 2-3
    Cat, Dog, Feather, Horse, Rabbit 0

    Our allergist was ready to move onto blood testing and told us they can now break the milk blood test down.  We were glad about this, but the results were a bummer.  

    BLOOD TEST RESULTS
    Milk:  4.60, Class 3 (High)
    Whey:  5.55, Class 3
    Casein:  2.12 Class 2
    Beta 3.22, Class 2
    Alpha 1.79, Class 2

    I don't know what Alpha and Beta mean.  The casein was lower, but all of Miles's reactions have been to cheese (casein).  So that's disheartening.  

    BAKED-IN CHALLEGE
    Dr. Siri was willing to do another baked-in challenge.  He made it to 1/4 a muffin a few years ago, we did baked in daily via Nilla Wafers, and his allergy numbers went up.  So we backed off the baked-in and our allergist agreed since it wasn't helping.  She thought we might want to give it another "go" but we haven't gone back.  


    WHAT NEXT?

    We tried strict avoidance.  It didn't work.  We tried baked-in.  That didn't work.  

    Jeff and I feel like the next route to try is gut-healing.  So for now, we started doing probiotics daily.  I would like to see what happens to his numbers after a year of this.  

    A recent study showed that desensitizing ALONG with probiotics was promising with peanut allergies. This makes total sense to me.  I would love to try this next!  

    And the desensitizing patch in trials right now brings me some hope for down the road, too.  

    Wish I had a better report.  Wish I could tell you we know what we are doing.  But like many others, we are just doing the best we can and praying for a miracle.  


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    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Food Allergies And Cross-Reactions


    This article about allergy cross-reactions is a good read.  It's put out by Kids with Food Allergies.

    I can relate in that Miles reacted to cherries because of pollen allergy and to sesame in a lotion because of his high cashew allergy.  It's good to know other foods that your allergens are related to so you can stay as safe as possible.  


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