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Food Allergies: What to know about Food Allergies

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Amira has been struggling with food allergies since she was born.  She had the eczema, cradle cap, rashes from head to toe, you name it, she has had it.  Took her to the doctor several times as a baby and finally was tested for food allergies.  She was allergic to everything…

So what do you give a baby who is allergic to everything?  Anything that she doesn’t have a high allergic reaction to.  For the most part, she wouldn’t have an external allergic reaction to the lower index foods that she was allergic too.  Except that she would vomit a couple times a month.  That is when we would know that she ate something that she was allergic to.

Amira is now 3 years old and the vomitting has not stopped.  At least once to twice a month, she throws up.  At first the doctor said it was a reflex, but finally after insisting that it is not only a reflex, Amira will finally go and see a nutritionist who can guide me on what to feed her. 

As a parent, it is frustrating since I don’t know what to feed her so I continue to feed her food that she might have a low allergic reaction to. Spoke to the nutritionist on the phone and she said to check out the website:
http://KidsWithFoodAllergies.org

On the positive note, Amira understands that she has food allergies and seems to realize that she has to eat her special food.  She also is growing fine which baffles the doctor and nutritionist since she has all these allergies. (I think it is because I never limited her food except for the high allergic reaction food.)

I know that the challenges of trying to control my child’s food is coming soon…

Juvenile Diabetes – Warning Signs

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

My dear friend’s 7 year old son Carter was just diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes, Type I.  There is no known cure or cause for diabetes.  I did a little research on this type of Diabetes and it states that approximately 35,000 people are diagnoses with Type I diabetes each year and this includes 15,000 children.  This is approximately 1 child each hour. 

Here are the warning signs of Type I diabetes:  (these signs may occur suddenly)

  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Sugar in urine
  • Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath
  • Increased appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Heavy, labored breathing
  • Stupor, unconsciousness

 If you are someone you love have one or more of these signs, contact the doctor immediately. A lot of these symptoms can be misdiagnosed as a common illness such as the flu. Education is the key!!! 

These are the same signs for Type II diabetes.  My friend Dave was diagnosed with Type II diabetes and had the same signs. Doctors told him that he was lucky to have arrived at the hospital in time.

Click here for a list of warning symptoms and treatments for Juvenile Diabetes and low blood sugar.

My prayers go out to Carter and all the other children and their families who are fighting this illness!!!

~ Layla

P.S. Pass this Blog along to help spread the word and educate everyone out there to watch out for the signs of this illness.


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