About

Hello! I’m a mum of a 2 year old boy, Adam, with severe allergies*, asthma and eczema. Whilst I don’t particularly enjoy talking endlessly about his allergies with all and sundry, I’ve set up this blog to…well…talk just about allergies!

Adam had his first skin-prick test at 9 months old and since then our lifestyle and diet have dramatically changed. I have learnt a heck of a lot along the way about allergies and this blog is meant to hopefully help any other parents in a similar situation, whether they suspect their kid has allergies or they already know and feel overwhelmed with managing the allergies in daily life.

The blog is written from a really personal perspective, a sharing of experiences as well as tips and advice. I am not a trained medical professional (not that the majority of them know much more about allergies) so please make sure to do your own research and consult a good pediatric allergist before making any big decisions.

Apart from mothering my little gorgeous bundle of joy I also enjoy reading, mainly about social policy (that’s my background) and current affairs. I love walking, hanging out with good friends and being outdoors and getting muddy. I have loved travelling to and working in many different countries but at the moment its not really possible with our little one!

I have an MSc in Social Policy from the LSE and recently dropped my PhD there so that I could take better care of my boy. As you will see from this blog, having an allergic child can be much harder and time-intensive than parenting a kid without allergies!

Oh, and lastly, its important you know that living with an allergic kid, once you get used to it and understand what’s what, is an amazingly positive experience (more on that in the blog, God willing!).

*Skin prick tests at 9 and 12 months old showed allergies to: dairy, wheat, soy, eggs, chickpea, sesame, strawberry, fish and other foods that I can’t remember right now.  Daily life (i.e. observing reactions to foods) show allergies to: corn, oats, beans, lentils, carrots, coconut and other foods (I’ll add to this list as I remember them).  Its easier for me to remember which foods are safe and those are the ones we stick to.

His reactions to foods aren’t limited to just eating them-he can get all body hives from being in a cafe (without touching anything) where milk is being steamed for cappuccinos, or hives from handling another toddler’s book (when the other kid has touched it at some point in the past with hands that have been in contact with one of his allergens).

**research**-a quick note about me giving evidence for various claims-I know how important references are when anybody makes any sort of claim. At the same time I have to choose between having this blog and accepting I won’t have the time to give references for everything (it takes a great deal of time to locate and include good references even if I already know where they are!) and not having a blog at all. As you can see I’ve picked the former!

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2 Responses to “About”

  1. Madison May 7, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Hi,

    I promise I am not a crazy stalker lady! But are you going to the Allergy Show this year? If so do you fancy meeting up? I’ll be meeting up with another Mum to a multiple allergic child and it would be good to get together and share some experiences and moans, There are so few of us around.

    Madison xxx

    • allergickids May 7, 2012 at 8:23 am #

      Hi Madison, thanks for all your comments! Very happy to read through them and to read your suggestions re: two epipens and playing doctors. I saw an ad for the Show in the Anaphylaxis Campaign magazine and then forgot all about it. Will have another look today at dates etc to see if I can make it. Would be great to meet up 🙂

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