If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might remember that for months and months our youngest child suffered from terrible eczema. After an anaphylactic attack after eating a few bites of egg and subsequent food allergy testing, we found ourselves in the world of being allergy parents.
While Malachi hasn’t had any more serious reactions since then, he has had a few minor reactions to things that he either managed to get a hold of that we thought were out of reach (like digging out a yogurt lid out of the trash) or things that must have been cross-contaminated (because we have no idea why he reacted to them.)
Like everyone with food allergies, we were advised to carry epipens with us at all times. Because some of his mild reactions include hives for which his allergist said we could give Benadryl, and because he sometimes gets wheezy, we also need to keep other medications with us as well. We live in Canada where weather can be extreme…from -30 degree Celsius temps in the winter, to above 30 Celsius temps in the summer, we wanted an insulated bag to help keep the epipens at a temperature that would not spoil them when we’re out.
A friend of mine is a Thirty One Gifts consultant so I went to her for a solution. I decided to go with the Cool Clip Thermal. It’s large enough for all of his meds, we can clip it to a backpack, diaper bag, stroller, or baby carrier. It’s also slim enough that I can put it in my purse. It’s thermal, which reassures me that if we’re out in the hot or cold weather for a while his meds will be kept a stable temperature. And I could customize it; I had Epipens embroidered on the front.
For a while we also kept some laminated cards I made that had “hidden” ingredient names for some of his allergies that we weren’t used to yet…such as casein being a milk allergen. All of his allergies are on Canada’s top 10 allergies list and are required to be specifically labelled, which makes label reading a little bit easier.
Right now I’m working on trying to heal his food allergies (that will be a topic for another post coming soon!) and he goes for retesting in September.
Are there any food allergies in your home? What are some tips you might have for others dealing with food allergies?