Hi all! I am in desperate need of suggestions, helpful hints, etc. from other parents about an issue I am having with my son and his food allergies.
My son could initially could not tolerate corn or gluten or dairy. We no longer have problems with corn or gluten, but the dairy allergy has stuck.
My ds is now 29 mos. and this is starting to be a problem. Not because I am having a hard time finding things to feed him, but because I am having a hard time finding things to feed him that are like what the other kids are eating. I knew this day would come. Moose has 2 older sisters and then there are the assortment of friends and kids at the park, etc. Things like string cheese and Go-gurt seem to be following us everywhere these days and ds sees and wants them.
This may not seem like too big a deal, but it is an issue that has come up several times in the last couple weeks alone. For example we had a potluck at the park the other day with a bunch of our friends and we all brought a snack to share. One of the moms brought these squeezable yogurts. My ds desperatly wanted one because the other kids were so excited about them and he loves yogurt. Of course, he does not really understand that his yogurt is soy and I have yet to see that come in a squeezable tube. Same issue with string cheese-I've never seen a string cheese made of anything but cow's milk.
These are just examples (really I don't prefer these things because of all the waste that comes with individually wrapped single serving stuff, but they are out there, and my kids do get them on occasion.) The point is, he now notices that he does not get to eat what everybody else gets to eat and he is very opinionated and does not appreciate that
: But, although I of course tell him why he can't -he'll get a tummy ache, rash, feel sick,whatever-he still doesn't get the connection between the food and the reaction and the explanation doesn't help much right now.
I know that eventually it will at least a little bit and I look forward to that, but in the meantime, any advice or snack suggestions would be much appreciated!
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