This is a partnered post. All opinions are my own, and may differ from yours.
When J was around 8 months old he began breaking out in hives. I immediately took him to the pediatrician, who recommended an over the counter allergy relief medicine. After running through a checklist of things around the house, I was unable to come up with an answer. I then checked with his daycare to see if they had implemented any new foods in his diet. They monitored him more closely that week, but his flare-ups continued.
The pediatrician prescribed stronger allergy medicine, which seemed to help a bit, but he was still having an allergic reaction to something. After weeks of small breakouts, I took him to an allergist for some testing. The results came back and it appeared he had an intolerance to wheat and rice. After some research I realized gluten was in so many food items, and many gluten-free products contained rice substitute. What was my poor child going to eat? I prayed the intolerance only lasted a short while.
When his first birthday rolled around, I called several bakeries to inquire about using a corn substitute to make his birthday cake. Surprisingly none of the bakeries offered that option. Instead, my step-mom baked a cornbread cake with icing and thankfully that worked for him.
Around age two we started implementing small amounts of gluten back into his diet, and by the end of that year, his intolerance was gone. At age 4 we offered him some rice and that, too was okay. I am thankful that we no longer have issues with our son’s diet. And L never had any dietary issues, so that was a big relief.
However, for many parents food allergies are a constant concern. It seems like more children are diagnosed with food allergies each year. I found a great site that focuses on real ingredient recipes, including gluten free and paleo. Here are a few of my favorites from the site:
Do any of your children suffer from food allergies? Do you find it challenging to find healthy recipes for them?
*Picture credit Readfoodfreaks.com