Food Allergy Moms is a group for moms and children in Rutherford County that are dealing with food allergies. Moms can come together while our kids make friends with other children that also have food allergies. We meet for playdates around the Rutherford County area about once a month and we also have a monthly mom's night out! If you have a child with food allergies and you would be interested in finding support from other moms please contact Amanda.
We found out our oldest son
Over the past few years, I have learned a lot about food allergies. Most importantly, they are real and they are serious! There is a difference between food intolerance and food allergies. If a person is lactose intolerant, they are not allergic to milk. Food allergies are a life threatening immune system response to a food that the body mistakenly believes is harmful. The immune system releases massive amounts of chemicals to protect the body. These chemicals trigger allergic symptoms that can include a tingling sensation in the mouth, swelling of the tongue and the throat, difficulty breathing, hives, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness and even death. It is estimated that approximately 12 million Americans suffer from true food allergies.
Blaine is now six years old. We have to avoid milk, eggs and peanuts. So far, we have been fortunate and have not had to use his epiPen. We have always been able to treat his symptoms with Benedryl. However, it is very scary because each time he is exposed to an allergen he seems to have a more severe reaction than the time before.
Life is much easier than I thought it would be when we first got our diagnosis. Blaine is in public school and is able to do most everything other kids his age do. That is why I started Food Allergy Moms. It is a way for me to reach out to other moms of children with food allergies. I have learned how to read a label, what restaurants are safe for us, and how to how to bake dairy-free cakes and pizza. The group is a great way to find support and link up with other moms whose children have similar allergies.