I am a mum of four children, one of whom has multiple allergies. I’ve just added the blog to the site so if you would like to tune in and read the ramblings of a busy mum and my day to day interactions with managing allergies, welcome aboard. Feel free to comment and give feedback or add your own experiences.
As a baby Aisling had very bad eczema, I didn’t know it at the time but eczema is a common feature in children who go on to develop food allergies. Coming up to her second birthday she suffered a serious allergic reaction after eating some peanuts. The reaction was almost instant and very scary. She developed a rapidly spreading rash over her entire body, her face, mouth & eyes began to swell. I bundled her into the car and headed off for the local hospital. On route when I called her she didn’t answer and was slumped forward in her car seat which was very frightening at the time. I abandoned the car outside the emergency department and ran in with her. The emergency team administered adrenaline immediately and she spent the next few days on the children’s ward recovering. During this time she was diagnosed with an anaphylactic peanut allergy and allergies to egg, soy, sesame seed, dust mites and pollen. She was discharged with a prescription for adrenaline and must now carry her adrenaline with her at all times in case she is accidently exposed to nuts and so our journey with Anaphylaxis began. Up to this point I hadn’t even heard the term Anaphylaxis, I was aware that you could have a serious allergic reactions to peanuts but hadn’t realised that it could be potentially fatal in a short space of time.
After a session with the hospital dietician who gave me a list of all the terms for peanut & peanut oil I headed off for the weekly shop. With 6 of us in the family that normally meant a full trolley but on my first shop after reading the labels I came back out with eight products because everything else I read the label of said ‘May contain traces of nuts’ even products like orange juice & frozen vegetables! After a few attempts I found the nut free products & came to realise my diet was actually healthier now because for the main, we couldn’t eat processed food but all fruit, vegetable meat & fish etc. were fine.
The next challenge was making sure that everyone knew, events like school sports days & parties where well intentioned parents are handing out sweets became a high risk scenario with an outgoing toddler who didn’t understand yet that her food allergies meant she couldn’t eat them. I searched on line and got some awareness products, paid a lot for international delivery from places like Canada, America & Australia as I couldn’t find anything suitable locally. So after a lot of research and determination I decided to set up a site myself where parents managing allergies, anaphylaxis or asthma could get a range of suitable quality products and hence Allergy Lifestyle was born.
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