Easter with allergies.

Aah, Easter. The resurrection of the man himself. A giant fuzzy Easter Bunny who hides chocolate goodies. The making of easter crafts, baskets and egg painting. And a mothers pure panic that her daughter may eat chocolate with cows milk or nuts lurking deliciously inside.

My daughter is allergic to cashew nut and cows milk protein. More recently we took an escorted ambulance ride to Ballarat Base Hospital after having a few bites of peanut butter and reacting rather badly to it. So now we add peanut to the list of no go eating and we are off soon for more skin prick tests.

Miss Mimi, for those who know her, is happiest with a buffet of treats in front of her to indulge in. She will try anything from raw vegetables, to prawns, to Hokkien noodles and Pho.  Her favourite drink is pink milk, which is of the soy milk variety.  So it breaks my heart that she will have to be very careful about what she eats. I want her to dive in, enjoy and try many different cultural feasts. But unfortunately we will need to invest time into learning about where these foods may hide and have no fear in asking many questions when dining out.

It’s okay and she knows no different. To her, chocolate for everyone else just tastes like the soy variety she enjoys. Rice milk apparently tastes great and she has never been involved in an easter egg hunt to for it to register that she might be missing out on something.

I wonder though, how might she react when she sees other children enjoying a different kind of food in life? Will she be disappointed?  Or just take it in her stride because that’s all she knows?  She is healthy and we are all happy and that’s all that matters, but of course a mother’s fear knows no bounds.

It’s books instead as presents for Easter and perhaps a big bag of dairy free chocolate. And yes Miss Mimi, you can eat the whole bag today. Happy Easter, you’re my world xx


2 thoughts on “Easter with allergies.

  1. Hi Jade,
    I can sympathize with you. Jackson’s food intolerances, though not life threatening are certainly mood altering and can result in days or even weeks of behaviour that can be difficult to manage (to say the least). Easter for us consists of small amounts of white chocolate and natural confectionary lollies. Disappointing for us, but my kids don’t know what they are missing out on and don’t feel disappointed.
    Jackson is now 5 and well aware of his intolerances. I have always made a big deal out of the ‘special foods’ that I prepare for him, and make sure I have a ready supply of treats on hand to intervene whenever some well meaning adult decides to give my kids a treat. We have a 2 for 1 deal, so my kids don’t eat any treats they have been given until they have been okayed my be, and if they are not ok, I trade them 2 safe lollies for their 1. Not a bad deal!
    I asked Jackson recently how he felt at school when the other children have birthday treats and he has to have something from his special treat bag. His response alleviated all my worries that he would feel sad or left out due to his food issues. “Mum” he said, “Why would I feel sad when I get to eat my special treats and they only get cake?” The beauty of innocence!

  2. What a great outlook he has, but that is all due to your awesome parenting. Hope I can keep Mimi as upbeat and well educated like you have done with J x

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