Month: November 2014

Egg Allergy Anxieties

Many mothers fret about allergies, and I’m no exception. I’m having an issue with eggs this month. Kayla had a horrible reaction at eight months old, while my partner also has an egg allergy.

Egg allergy symptoms normally occur within a few minutes but some children may not react until a few hours after eating eggs or foods containing eggs.

Kayla had quite a severe reaction when she was Frankie’s age after consuming boiled egg, she broke out in a rash from head to toe, her nasal became inflamed and she began vomiting violently. It was during the snow storm we had four years ago, a taxi-man I never got to thank got us to the hospital within minutes. It was a very scary experience.

When I began researching egg, I discovered egg has many other names. Some of them hidden amongst ingredients that can be easily consumed without knowledge. Egg can be also known as Conalbumin, Livetin and Ovalbumin amongst many other words. Egg is also used in some hair care products, medications and vaccinations. For this reason Kayla had her MMR in hospital as a precaution.

I dreaded birthday parties, try explaining to a toddler they are not allowed cake, it was horrible. She missed out on so much due to her allergy. One of Kayla’s favourite foods is a pancake, it’s a special treat. A friend had joined slimming world and gave us an eggless pancake recipe that I still treasure to this day.

Eggs are very nutritious. They provide your baby with iron for their brain development, protein for growth and they are a source of vitamin D for healthy bones and teeth. Frankie is more active now, I’ve noticed he has a much bigger appetite the past week. It’s now time to introduce some new foods, explore some new textures and tastes.

Over time Kayla began to tolerate small amounts of egg. Advised by our dietician we began reintroducing her last year and so far it has been a success. Many children do outgrow their egg allergy before adolescence but in some cases, it continues into adulthood.

What if Frankie reacts? The hives I can cope with but when Kayla’s nose began to inflam, that was terrifying! It may be a little extreme but considering the family history I’m looking into getting an allergy test done on Frankie for my own peace of mind.

We Buy Second Hand Toys

Since our family grew we had to make some big changes, the electricity, heating and shopping budget all increased, money is tight so we decided to make some big changes and one of mine was to shop for second-hand toys for the kids.

Children are so expensive, their needs and tastes change so quickly. Buying second hand baby clothes and toys helps create a greener environment, landfill space is preserved. Buying used goods also costs only fraction of the original price.

I researched some baby and toddler second hand markets local to me and came across The Baby Market. So Kayla and I headed along is search of some inexpensive educational toys.

Upon arrival there was a €3 entrance fee with €1 donated to charity. I loved the layout of the room, it was spacious with plenty of room between tables, perfect for creeping through the thirty something stalls, toys were stockpiled and the atmosphere was lovely. There was an excellent variety of quality second hand baby, toddler, maternity and children’s goods. I also came across a handful of stalls with local vendors selling services and goods, and there was a little kiddies corner with arts and crafts too.

Kayla and I went off exploring for some bargains, our aim was to find some new toys for the little man. This teddy was one of Kayla’s finds. The Fisher-Price Love to Play Puppy normally retailing for €19.99, we got it for €3. Frankie love’s it.

Another bargain not to be missed was this VTech Playtime Bus that normally retails for €26.99. It is an interactive talking bus that teaches phonics, letters and numbers, costing us mere €4. While Frankie loves pressing the button, Kayla is having a great time answering the interactive curriculum questions, it’s a very educational toy.

Some people may be too proud to buy their children second hand toys but honestly after finding these little treasures I will definitely be back. It’s shocking some of the bargain that can be found. Stall holders had travel systems, car-seats, cots, bouncers and baby monitors and sterilisers. You could get everything you need for a newborn baby under one roof, it’s amazing and so cheap.

Always keep an eye out for product recalls especially when buying for a baby and always check the product is in perfect working order before purchase.