Hello and thank you for stopping by. I’m Jamie, also known as Milk Allergy Mom. Mom to two energetic boys and wife to my high school sweetheart, and food allergies have been part of our life for over a decade.
While many of our allergies have been outgrown, milk and nuts remain very high for my oldest son.
We are here to support and encourage other food allergy families on this same journey.
The Discovery and Diagnosis
We found out Miles was allergic to milk when he ate a creamy baby food at 8 months of age in 2006. He broke out in ripe hives around his mouth and on his hands right away. I gave him benedryl and stopped feeding him the food. Breathing and swallowing problems soon followed so I rushed him to the ER. In the ER, his face was so red and swollen that he looked like a burn victim.
I was told that if I had not given Miles the benedryl as soon as I had, that he could have swelled badly enough to cut off his breathing. I have since learned that you have about 15 minutes before an anaphylactic reaction (untreated) can lead to death. I thank God for giving me the wisdom to treat Miles appropriately at that first reaction even when I had no idea what was going on or what we were dealing with.
After a month of testing, we were told he was allergic to soy (moderately), eggs (highly), peanuts (highly), and milk (very highly).
The Current Diagnosis
Our son is now 11 years old and has outgrown all of his initial allergies except milk. But he is now actually highly allergic to cashew as well. His first and only exposure to cashew in 2012 caused swollen throat and stomach cramps which ended up needing steroids. In hindsight, I should have administered the epi-pen.
His little brother also tested high for food allergies to egg and peanut at 6 months of age. Oats also gave Graham problems like diarrhea and a raw bottom, but Graham outgrew all his allergies by age 4. However, Graham has eczema and regular stomach aches that I believe are probably food related. We are currently trying to minimize Graham’s wheat intake to see if that helps considering he has been off of the other high allergens at one point or another with no eczema relief.
Miles’s milk allergy is still high, and has even risen at times. At one point we were able to give Miles a small amount of baked in milk each day, but it didn’t seem to help the numbers and we have fallen away from that experiment for now.
Our Allergy Lifestyle
Sometimes on our blog you will hear about other things in our life besides just food. And a lot of those life stories revolve
around keeping Miles safe. Some of our choices our unconventional, and we are always tweaking how we do things. But each allergy family must make their own choices based on their own comfort levels and circumstances. We do not judge anyone’s decisions about how to keep their allergic children safe.
Here are a few tidbits about what we are doing in our family because of food allergies:
- We live in the city, withing 10 minutes of the
- I stay at home with the boys and try to earn a little money with this site.
- We home school even though we live just 4 blocks
from the neighborhood school.
- We limit vacations to yearly road trips where we can manage food easiest.
- My son doesn’t eat food prepared by anyone except for four family members.
- We are particular about childcare, trusting only a few people with our son’s care.
Join Us On This Journey
If you are an allergy family or friend who is looking for safe processed foods, loves quick easy recipes, wants to learn about dairy-free specialty foods, and wants to journey with other food allergy moms in the trenches, then you are in the right place.
We can connect weekly over email, just click the link below. We also have a very active and supportive community page on Facebook you can check out. We’re in this together!