“Am I allowed this Mummy?” – teaching my child about allergies

Parenting a child with FPIES can be so hard. First up there are the physical symptoms; vomiting often until unconsciousness, but then, as your child gets older, you have to start to teach them about FPIES, and allergies. I want to share with you how I am teaching my child about allergies. I’m not professing to be an expert, and this post is just written based on my own experiences, but I hope someone will find it helpful! My daughter is 3, so I have kept everything fairly simple, but I hope this post will give you a frame to base your own learning experiences on, and perhaps inspire some new ways to talk about allergies.

Teaching my child about allergies

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Gluten free cornflake tart [DF, SF, GF]

I’m a big fan of money saving, particularly when it comes to regular household bills and expenses. One area where we spend quite a lot of money, food wise, is on snacks and treats for Daisy. With 4 small bakewell tarts costing £2.00 and 6 jam tarts costing £2.50 this really prompts me to make my own. It’s a little more time consuming but I know that Daisy loves my cooking and appreciates all the treats. Recently I made this gluten free cornflake tart and I’ve had quite a few messages asking me for the recipe – so here it is!

Gluten free cornflake tart serving

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Turkey mince cottage pie in the slow cooker [DF, SF, GF]

We love a nice hearty dinner in our home. Preferably something where I can do the prep early in the day and then enjoy the fruits of my labour at the end of it. Working from home means the slow cooker can be used lots. This turkey mince cottage pie is a frugal, lower fat alternative to a slow cooker cottage pie and it is still packed with flavour.

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Attending a wedding with FPIES (or other food allergies)

We have been living with FPIES in our family for 3 years now. Parenting a 3-year-old isn’t always easy, even without food allergies. When we were invited to a family wedding while we were very excited, to see my brother-in-law finally marry his long-term partner, it also filled us with dread. Attending a wedding with FPIES was something that I had never really thought about and now the wedding has passed I want to share some tips with you in the hope of helping someone else.

Attending a wedding with FPIES

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Dairy and gluten free potato waffle [DF, GF, SF]

Cooking from scratch frequently means that we often have leftovers. I like to try and reduce food waste as much as I can so even the smallest scraps are saved in the fridge. Recently I had leftover mashed potato and decided to make a dairy and gluten free potato waffle for Daisy and me to enjoy. In true frugal fashion, we ate our waffle with other fridge leftovers, including some gluten free slow cooker sausage cassoulet. If you want to get straight to cooking then scroll down towards the end of this post for a recipe card.

Dairy and gluten free potato waffle

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