(Formerly Life with a Dairy-Free Toddler)
A mother's focus on feeding a child with multiple food allergies -- currently peanut and tree nuts, and formerly dairy and egg.
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I am saddened by the comments on this blog that often take a judgmental turn. The information is intended to be just that -- information. You need to make your own decisions for your life and be accountable for your actions. I debated closing the blog, but feel there are many valuable items listed for families struggling with food allergies, especially early on.
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This is a skillet casserole and my daughter just loves it. Enjoy!
Dairy-Free Tuna Noodle Casserole I found this on www.recipezaar.com, but I tweaked it a little. I half the recipe, because it makes so much!
6 cups cooked pasta (I used spaghetti noodles) 1 (6 oz) can tuna 1 1/2 cup frozen peas 2 Tbsp dairy free margarine (no allergies, use butter or margarine) 2 Tbsp flour 2 cups chicken bouillon (broth would work, too) 1/2 tsp pepper
1. Cook noodles in chicken bouillon. Drain and keep chicken broth set aside. 2. Melt margarine in pot over medium heat. 3. Add flour to melted margarine. Mix well. 4. Add slowly add chicken broth in flour/margarine mixture. Mix well. 5. Add tuna and peas. Bring to boil. 6. Simmer until thickens. 7. Either add noodles or pour over noodles. (I mix it all together for my daughter)
I nursed my daughter exclusively until she was 6 months old. My goal with to stop nursing and start formula and solids around 6 months.
At around 5 1/2 months I gave her cereal for the first time. I figured since I was eventually going to transition her to formula that I would mix her cereal with formula. Milk-based formula that is (I didn't even know that most formula is milk-based). I knew better than to try two things at once but you start thinking and over thinking things. And this is what I decided on. The feeding went really well. Most fell out of her mouth and she was making yum sounds as she ate the cereal Daddy was taking pictures. She probably ate about 2 tsp total. Then after about 5 minutes she started rubbing her chin and it turned red. We stopped the feeding and she ballooned up. Her face nearly tripled in size. As an allergy sufferer myself I worried about her throat closing up. About five minutes later after we had stripped her clothes off her and gently wiped her chin I realized that she had hives (something I had suffered with throughout the years, too). I called the doctor who couldn't really tell me what the cause was -- he said it could be the rice or it could be the formula and I wouldn't know until I tested them separately.
I waited over a week to try cereal with her again. No reactions, so I concluded it was a milk allergy. It was almost two weeks until I gave her Nutramigen formula, an expensive milk-free formula. I wasn't even going to gamble with a soy or other lactose free formula. I figured I could always try them later.
That was how I found out my daughter is allergic to milk. I did eat milk and dairy throughout the whole pregnancy and the entire time I was nursing. The first thing I learned about this allergy is that there is no rhyme or reason to it. Well, at least I know I won't be able to figure it out.
I am excited to share my experiences with you about our life with our 18-month old toddler who has both a milk and egg allergy. I have learned so much in my journey to feed and protect her from milk and eggs that linger everywhere. I continue to learn and experiment with new recipes often. This blog will share advice, doctor visits, recipes, testing, other's reactions and overall life with a toddler who can't eat milk or eggs.
I must inform that I am lucky that my daughter can tolerate milk and eggs in baked goods, such as pancakes, bread, cookies. We are hopeful she grows out of it soon. One doctor told us that 90 percent of kids outgrow it by 4 or 5 years old. In the meantime, I have lots to share about what we do. I know I'm not alone out there and welcome comments and suggestions.