When Dylan was much younger he developed terrible eczema all over his little body. He would scratch and it was very sore, we had many trips to the GP and used many different creams and bath oils in order to give him some relief but little helped him for long. As soon as his skin got used to a cream it would stop being effective. After talking to the GP I decided to get him allergy tested, privately, and I opted for kinesiology as an non invasive method. Dylan has suffered with multiple allergies including hayfever that hospitalises him each year. Kinesiology was a different approach and my husband was sceptical, but it gave me answers. We discovered that Dylan was intolerant to a number of diary items and a few other ingredients too including peas. The eczema was his bodies way of trying to reject the ingredients that caused him issues.
We eliminated the diary as by this point we had tried cows milk, goats milk and sheep’s milk, we moved him to soya and immediately noticed the difference. We also took mono-sodium glutamate out of his diet, oh and peas! He was off these products for a period of three years before we slowly re introduced them into his diet.
During this time I would scan labels on all the foods we bought for him. I made sure that we were really strict with it but it was not easy. This was before supermarkets had really got onboard with ‘free from’ foods and there was not dedicated aisles that placed items together to make shopping easier for those with allergies.
Now supermarkets and apps have made the whole food shopping experience much easier for their customers. Food Maestro has made everything easier still. Using the app you can set up family profiles and select any intolerances or food they wish to avoid (many opt for a gluten free diet for example). The app then allows you to compile shopping lists using this data.
Another great feature was using the scan facility on the barcode to generate the ingredients and sugar content. Sugar content has been having lots of press coverage recently and this app allows you to track that too. I looked at what chocolate is nut free and was given a list of the following products. The smiley face signals that it is suitable for the person in the profile. There are 75000 items listed on the app.
The app is supported by Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital and is also endorsed by many dieticians. Do try the app and let them know on Twitter how it is working for you. It can certainly make shopping easier. Back to Dylan after three years we re introduced diary products and his eczema thankfully did not return. I honestly believe that by removing these products helped Dyl’s skin until he was ready to try these foods again. I wanted to reintroduce him because I didn’t want him on soya products for too long. Now he can eat anything without any effects.