It is back to school season! For kids with allergies like my son Adam, you need to have a game plan! We are working with our school’s cafeteria to try to come up with a game plan, but if it doesn’t work out we will be packing his lunch and Enjoy Life will definitely be in his lunch box! I will let you know how that goes. I was told they had an allergy plan, but I won’t find out more until the open house in a few days.
I will never forget the day we discovered Adam had allergies. He was under a year-old. We were at the airport heading to Pennsylvania for my husbands work trip. I packed all his bottles with me and the things he would need. Once we got there we were told our flight would be delayed around four hours. We decided to kill time and go to the Chili’s restaurant in the airport. It was really early so they were only serving breakfast. I gave Adam a couple bites of my food, and his face was covered in redness, and his eyes got puffy. I didn’t know what was going on. I called his doctor and went to the restroom to wipe his face with water. At this point, he was breathing fine; his face was just blotchy.
(This was taken after the allergy medicine. You can see he is still a little swollen)
So his doctor said since he was breathing fine to head to the hospital in the airport. I didn’t even realize there was such a thing, but they do have a small area to take care of people. I was advised to buy children’s allergies medicine even though he was under 1, I could give him some. I can’t remember the dosage, but it did help. The only problem is we still had no clue what had caused it. We do know now that he is allergic to peanuts, tree-nuts, raw egg whites and soybeans. It was very scary for sure, but since he was so small, we were told that he couldn’t get an allergy test yet. So I played it safe because at this point we didn’t know what it was. Fast forward a couple months later I am making banana bread and Adam grabs a walnut from the counter and eats it and this was his reaction.
Fast forward a couple of months later I am making banana bread, and Adam grabs a walnut from the counter and eats it, and this was his reaction.
It is hard to see because the quality of my camera back then wasn’t great. I sent this to this doctor and gave him allergy medicine and watched him. I hated it because I wanted to know what I needed to do to make him feel better, and I couldn’t get an exact answer. Even after eliminating walnuts we still had problems. I believe at one time we even tried giving him a soy formula which I now know he is allergic to.
Now that he is five years old he can tell me things like: “Mom this makes me itchy.” A few months ago, his symptoms seemed to get worse. He used to be able to handle Soybean Oil and Soy Lecithin, but now he can’t. It makes his tongue itch. We also have an epi pen for emergencies, but thankfully he hasn’t had to use it. Enjoy Life was kind enough to send us a sample of some of their products so Adam could find new things to love since there is so much he cannot have these days.
We actually buy the Mini Chips pretty regularly from Thrive Market. I love to use them to bake cookies, make chocolate-chip pancakes and make energy bites.
We have been buying Enjoy Life Soft Baked Cookies at Target. They are Adam’s favorite. The last time we were there they were marked down, so I hope they come back soon! We bought what was left.
We made an Enjoy Life Gluten Free Pizza. I thought it was okay, but Adam wasn’t thrilled with it. Luckily as far as I know he is not allergic to Gluten, so homemade pizza with flour is pretty safe around here, but for someone allergic to gluten, this is a great alternative.
This is Adam’s brother Henry just in case you are visiting our blog for the first time. He was more than happy to help his little brother test out the chocolate-chip cookies, I baked with Enjoy Life baking chocolate chips.
We also made some delicious waffles! Adam loved those and said he wants those again!
If you or someone you know has allergies give Enjoy Life a shot. They have a range of products that will be sure to satisfy what you wish you could have.
I am so grateful for Enjoy Life. They have made dealing with my son’s allergies a lot easier.