February 16, 2011

Kian, Lovingly Known as K

Michelle K. is an ongoing contributor to Get Allergy Wise.  She shared with us 
her son's story when we first began our blog.
My first born, K, started very early on with severe eczema which gradually disappeared before he turned one.  A discovery of multiple allergies soon ensued.  It was later confirmed that he was allergic to peanuts, Brazilian nuts, pecans, pistachios, and cashews.   That was only the nut category.   He is also allergic to cod, shrimp, and shellfish, especially lobster.  Surprisingly, he is not allergic to crab and tilapia.

Now did the fact that he was so allergic surprise us?   Not one bit.  Again, he had a history of moderate to severe eczema as a baby to the point that we had to use an immunomodulator called Elidel (last resort) because it was the only topical ointment that worked.   We also noticed from the very beginning that beneath the disguise of being a picky eater, he was just very hesitant and cautious for a good reason--he understood how his body reacted to foods better than we did.

In actuality, my son, K, LOVES food -- delicious food, that is.  It is our job as parents to come up with the right selection of eats that will help our kids build trust in food and strengthen their trust in us, as parents.  I look forward to getting more ideas from this website that will help turn what can be a daunting task of finding safe and enjoyable meals for our allergic kids into a fun-filled food exploration.

I would love to join you on this journey towards becoming an allergywise mom.  It's a comforting feeling to know that your normal is my normal, too. :)

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