Easter and the Dairy Free Kid 1

Most ‘celebrations’ or ‘holidays’ or gatherings or whatever you call them are a headache for the parent of an allergic child. None more so than Easter – because everywhere you look there are more cakes and chocolates and confections than ever just screaming at you to buy them.

Zac is very used to walking past the groaning supermarket shelves and pays them very little attention. It is a testament to his character that my child is probably one of the only four year olds in the country who can walk down the ‘sweetie’ aisle and cake aisle in the supermarket and remain totally unmoved and disinterested by what he sees there. He rushes past all the ‘normal’ stuff and head for his special place – no more than a few short shelves in our local supermarkets.

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The cost of Feeding My Intolerant Child 7

Today we were running low on ‘Zac foods’. Our local Tesco, seems to be stocking less and less in it’s Free From section at the moment and our Waitrose is not much better. Sainsbury’s has by far the widest stock on shelves and some brands I have not seen anywhere else. So despite sending Tom to the supermarket yesterday for a ‘big shop’, I still had to go today.

Here is the list of items I bought and how much they cost.

Natures Path Gluten Free ‘O’s – breakfast cereal £2.75

Doves Farm Gluten Free Stars – breakfast cereal £1.94

Free From Ciabatta – 2 x small bread rolls – £1.80

Free From Digestive biscuits – £1.50

Free From Chocolate Coins (for his Christmas stocking) – £1.49

Orgran Outback Animal biscuits – £2.99

Free From Rich Tea biscuits – £1.39

Small bag of Free From Pasta – £1.50

Dietary Specials Gluten Free breadsticks – £2.49

Alpro Creamy Peach Yoghurts pack of 2 pots – £1

Alpro Creamy Cherry Yoghurts pack of 2 pots – £1

Gluten Free/Dairy Free chocolate spread – £2.29

Free From Spaghetti – £1.50

Small loaf of Genius brown bread – £2.90

Free From White bread rolls pack of 2 – £0.63

So that is almost £30 spent on special foods. I know it looks like a lot of snack foods. He won’t consume these all in a week, remember not all stores stock everything, so I tend to load up when I see a bit of variety. I do limit his snacking but when you have a child who cannot eat dairy or gluten, snacking is tricky. Active 3 year olds are hungry a lot and need extra fuel – so I do let him have the odd biscuit.

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