For any mom's/dad's w/ children who have food allergies

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   Posted 5/10/2006 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I am the mom of a 3 yr old boy who has severe allergies to milk and peanuts, and I am looking for anyone with experiences like ours.  My son is very aware of his allergy and always asks me or his dad before eating something.  He even pretends to read the labels on food packages to look for milk or peanuts in them.
We carry benadryl and an epi pen with him at all times, and he has a medical alert bracelet that he wears when we go places we've never been to before.
My concern is that as he is getting older, he is getting invited to parties and will be starting preschool in the fall.  I have already notified the preschool and plan on going in to meet with them well before the session starts.
Last night he had hives on his arms b/c I touched him after serving ice cream to company!  I am hoping beyond hope that he will outgrow the milk allergy, although he has had a blood test that showed he most likely will not.
How can I let my baby out into the world and be sure he will be safe?  At his age, it is hard for him to know what is ok to eat and what is not.  So far, he has pretty much only had family babysit, but soon I will have to let go and let him fly on his own.  I am already stressing out about him starting preschool!
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   Posted 5/10/2006 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there Brenda! My children don't have food allergies but it seems each year, my kids bring home a piece of paper stating that a child in their classroom has severe peanut allergies. My daughter became lactose intolerant and for a while would feel extremely left out of the festivities if someone brought in icecream. She would come home in tears especially when they had an ice cream social. So one of her teachers suggested that at the beginning of the year to bring in a bag full of goodies that she could have so whenever the other kids had ice cream she would be able to get something out of her snack bag. She then felt like she was partaking in the festivities without the tummy aches. You can do the same thing for your son and unfortunately when he starts elementary, you are going to have to tell each one of his teachers even if they have it on file. You need to stress to them how severe his allergies are. It's great that he's showing interest in what he can have and can't have so I think you are teaching him right. And believe it or not, when he starts to get older, it won't be as hard on him to handle these situations because he will already be "trained" to avoid these foods.

Btw, has he stopped clinging to you yet? :) I bet he is so happy to have mommy home!
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