The sun is shining which makes my boy miserable! For most of us it is legs out, jackets off. For Dylan it is a time of sneezing and covering up. Each year Dylan’s allergies mutate and seem to get worse. Last year was particulary troublesome and he was frequently sent home from school and we were sitting in the GP surgery whilst we worked out our next line of defence against the sun and hayfever.
Dylan is a bit special you see – not only does he suffer with hayfever but he gets quite a rare reaction by getting the cold sore virus around his eyes and this is triggered by bright sunlight. This can turn nasty quickly and has resulted in many hospital admissions over the years. Thankfully he has a new dermatologist consultant who is trying new treatments and touch wood they seem to be working so far. However the sneezing has started oh and the spots!
Friday evening I was greeted with Dylan coming out of school and telling me he itched. After going to the pharmacist who took one look at Dyl before announcing he needs to see a GP. Yep Friday evening – my children seem to think it is a good game to either break or get ill on Friday evenings when getting an appointment becomes really hard. Thankfully our GP’s knowing Dylan and his allergies saw him within 20 minutes.
Dylan is not alone and it is thought 50% of young people in Britain suffer from one or more allergies* and more than a third of all parents believe that their child has a food allergy or sensitivity of some sort**. Happily though, Mrs Crimble’s is proving that people who are gluten intolerant can still enjoy snacks, cakes and other treats that taste every bit as yummy as the mainstream alternatives.
Therefore we tried out some of the snacks and really we wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Dylan used to follow a diary free diet for a number of years and I have noticed over the years that the supermarket shelves are getting better and better at stocking these types of foods. These Mrs Crimbles snacks are lovely wether you buy for a health allergy point of view or just because you limit Gluten. Next week is allergy awareness week so please those around you and offer them a slice of cake that they can enjoy!
We would also try different diary products and for a while goats milk helped him and I would make recipes like this goats cheese tart
Disclosure: We were sent some yummy cake to review but thoughts, opinions and pictures are my own.