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Probiotic formula reverses cow’s milk allergies by changing gut bacteria of infants

One of the common theories of how to outgrow food allergies is to restore one’s gut by increasing the healthy bacteria in it.   To do this, we use allergen-free probiotics twice a day in addition to eating foods that we have heard do this as well (avocado, bone broth, etc.) (But, I’ll post about that another day.)

With that being said, this article is not only worth the read, but definitely keeps us hopeful for more definite answers in the near future so we smile on…

Source: Probiotic formula reverses cow’s milk allergies by changing gut bacteria of infants

When Your Baby Has a Food Allergy

This is an excellent article about an experience very close to home. As always, because sharing is caring, we smile on…

Special thanks to Nutricia, maker of Neocate®, for supporting our educational blog series on managing food allergies in infants and toddlers. This post is the first in a three-part series.

By: Gina Clowes, Director of Education, FARE

I was so happy to see my 8 month-old son Daniel enjoying homemade split pea soup. But I wondered about the pinkness I saw around his mouth. By the time I got a washcloth, I saw a look of panic in his eyes. Then came the vomiting. After a stressful trip to the pediatrician’s office, and confirmation of yet another food allergy, he was no worse for wear by that evening. I, on the other hand, still feel a twinge of mommy-guilt when I see his scared face in my mind’s eye.

When your baby is diagnosed with food allergies, it is life-changing. Whether it is “only” one allergy or multiple food allergies…

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Tbt- Peanut Butter Kisses

Like I have mentioned before, I am a natural worrier. I over-think, over-analyze, over-everything when it comes to almost everything in life. Therefore, when taking on motherhood I did the same. However, since I did not understand food allergies and that TJ was considered ” high-risk” for having them since his father has some and a history of others, I did not over-think what I ate from months 1-5. Tj was growing and gaining nicely so the fact that he frequently spit up was not a concern to his his doctor or us. I was breastfeeding and always hungry and thirsty. So, I took advantage and ate whatever and whenever. Many times that meant eating my meals while holding or breastfeeding TJ. Scary thought now that I look back to some of my favorite, frequent meals:

BREAKFAST: Honey Bunches of Oats with cow’s milk

LUNCH: Peanut butter and banana sandwiches


Looking back, I cannot believe how lucky we were.   I especially remember one afternoon after I had just ate a peanut butter and banana sandwich in the kitchen as TJ sat in his bouncer.   It was September or October so TJ was 4-5 months old.   This was right before he started to have random hive outbreaks.   After devouring my sandwich, I could not help his cuteness so I kissed him up.  I kissed his face, cheeks and head a bunch of times.   Then, strangely enough, I had a random worry.   “What if TJ is allergic to peanuts? Could he have a reaction?”

At the time, he was due for a nap.   I was panicked.   I really have no clue as to where this fear came from because I had eaten peanut butter about 3 times a week since he was born, many times while he was right by or on me.   Since I believe in signs, I think that voice in my head was God telling me to be careful.

I contacted my sister who is a nurse and my go-to person for health concerns.   I asked her for her thoughts about it all.   She made me feel better, but also told me that maybe I shouldn’t kiss him right after eating peanut butter until we know he can eat it. Because I wanted to watch him for a bit, I kept him up from his nap longer than normal.  He had no reaction at all; however, I never ate peanut butter around him again. Although I had no idea whatsoever about any of his food allergies at that point, I stopped eating peanut butter until he was napping. Somehow I knew what was in the near future for us and once again my mother’s intuition kicked in right when I needed it.

In December, after we learned of all of TJ’s allergies including a peanut allergy, I completely stopped eating peanuts and everything else he was allergic to to continue breastfeeding.   In June, when he was 13.5 months, I stopped breastfeeding since he could drink soy.   While I started to eat most of the foods again, I still continue to be tree nut and peanut free.   In addition to this, I limit my dairy intake, only drinking creamer in my morning coffee before he wakes and cheese on a turkey burger or pizza after he goes to bed at night. Even though I take this precautions for TJ’s safety, I do also make sure to brush my teeth always before kissing him.   We also ask everyone who is with TJ, (friends, family, daycare, etc.) to not kiss him on the face or lips if they have just eaten and especially if they have not brushed their teeth.

I struggle with this because I know TJ deserves a million kisses every day and trust me, I want to be able to give him everything in life. However, right now, this is what we must do to ensure his safety, his health, his life.   He is still too little to speak and therefore, it is even more critical.   We show TJ love in soooo many other ways in addition to giving him lots of hugs. And of course we kiss him, when we know it is truly safe to do so.

Today as I look back to those early months, I am so beyond thankful that despite my lack of knowledge, TJ was always safe.   Because TJ is one of the happiest little guys I have ever met despite all of his limitations, I feel extra blessed and smile on…

Here is an informational article about the peanut allergy and kissing.   It is definitely worth the read.  Please check it out.