Meet my two gorgeous kids, Cory & Layla.
Its safe to say that we didn’t have your average experience when it came to weaning our little boy, Cory. As well as severe reflux from birth and mulitple allergies, he was unable to tolerate any foods whatsoever until he was 14 months old. (Thank goodness for the NHS providing us with the special hypoallergenic formula that he survived on)
From 14 months he passed his first ‘safe’ food, which was corn, by 18 months he had a handful of safe foods, and at the age of 2 he is now only dairy, gluten and peanut free! All of which are supringly common and relatively easy to accomodate once you know how.
My daugther, Layla is dairy free and just recently became mildly intolerant to egg, banana, oats and tomato. I think these two just like to keep me on my toes!
I’m not going to lie, it has been a very long and testing two years, and to get this far, I’ve had to do a lot of research, endless hospital appointments, hours of sourcing foods online, countless sleepless nights of an inconsolable baby reacting to the foods and completly adapting the way that I cook with new recipes and ingredients, not to mention actually finding the time to cook everything from scratch.
To add to the challenge further, due to such negative associations with food, Cory developed feeding aversions. He would only eat things with a crunchy texture. This meant that I had to think outside the box- “How can I make sure I used only ‘safe’ ingredients? And how could I actually get him to eat it?”
You will be pleased to hear that a year down the line, he has improved significantly in terms of aversions. Admitedly, he will not try things like yoghurt and is very nervous about new foods, but it is completely managable.
I just want to say to anyone who might be at the start of their journey and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, you will get there. It might be weeks, months or years, but it will improve.
It can feel so isolating, but the whole reason that I started this blog was because I wanted to help others in similar situations. Please feel free to comment and get in touch with me, I would love to help. If you are reading this and at the end of your tether with it all- Hang in there, you are doing amazingly!
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