I am the mother of two children, Sophia and Zac. Sophia is 7 and Zac is 6. From birth it was clear that neither could stomach too much dairy but over the last few years it has become clear that Zac is most definitely an ‘intolerant’ child, who suffers unpleasant reactions to many foods and ingredients. Since he was one I have been working out how to feed him without making him ill and I am happy to say I have now made enough progress for him to lead a normal life.
He was just coming up to his first birthday when he contracted swine flu and this is when he became extremely intolerant to dairy – thanks to the weeks of diarrhoea. I quickly worked out what was wrong and cut the dairy from his diet but as time went on he still had far too many abnormal bowel movements every day. So since 2009 we have seen many doctors, paediatricians and dietitians and he is now on a gluten free, wheat free, dairy free diet and is ‘well’. I have been told he will grow out of it, but for now he actually still seems to be growing into it, and is still extremely sensitive to many foods and is now developing asthma and eczema, and apparently some reactions that look like Oral Allergy Syndrome. We still have many years of intolerance ahead of us I fear, and I feel I have to do all I can to try and make this easier for him, for me and for anyone else out there with similar issues. So this blog is my way of sharing our experiences and hints and tips on how to live with and ‘feed an intolerant child’.