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Dairy & Wheat allergy help please

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SpinMeRightRound Thu 18-Jun-09 15:07:19

Could really do with some advice from someone who knows about such allergies. My 6yr old dd suffers from asthma and this week her eye has swollen up so badly that she can't open it fully from hayfever.

I've been reccomended from several people to try her on a dairy free diet, so I am going to try removing dairy from her diet for a month.

So today I went to my local health food shop for a bit of advice and some dairy free items. Had a lovely chat with lady in there and she said that my dd may also be wheat intolerant because of the black circles under her eyes. She has had these for a couple of years now and they never seem to fade or appear any better. So looked this up and turns out that dark circles are a sympton of a wheat intolerance.

So think I may need to remove wheat for a month too.

I am going to get her tested as soon as possible but really don't know where to start with this so any help, gratefully recieved!

pagwatch Thu 18-Jun-09 15:11:41

If it is an intolerance ratherthan a true allergiy then the tests are crap - you may as well just remove and then re-introduce to see if there is a reaction.

There are loads of substitutes for dairy and wheat and lots of cookbooks too.
I would look at the gluten and dairy free section in the supermarket and get to the libaray and pick up a couple of cookbooks ( home made biscuits and cakes etc are much better than shop bought.
We use corn or rice cakes instead of bread, gluten ( my children don't really like the shop bought bread and i can't be bothered to make it [lazy mum emoticon] and dairy free pasta and rice milk as the basic substitutions.

SpinMeRightRound Thu 18-Jun-09 15:15:46

Thanks, I've been and got dairy free alternatives, rice milk etc but wheat seems to be in everything. For instance what cereal can she have for breakfast?

pagwatch Thu 18-Jun-09 15:22:24

any of the envirokids cereals like Koala Crips ( which are chocolate rice crispies) gorilla much (which are really nice but very sweet) , health food store do things like Crispy rice which is like rice crispies ( funnily enough grin) and things like whole earth corn flakes. The maple syrup corn flakes are very nice.
My children much prefer my gluten and dairy free pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast. Ds2 like toasted bread with honey

pagwatch Thu 18-Jun-09 15:22:50

goriall munch

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