Know Your Labels

I cannot lie and say that raising a dairy free child is always easy.  It isn’t.

We live in a society that celebrates with food, I am as guilty as the next, but often “party” foods contain dairy.  And that stinks.  Especially when you’re six, and just want what everyone else is having.  Going out to eat often means there may only be one or two things on the menu you can eat, and they’re not even what you want.

For us it has meant finding places that can serve us better than others.  Our local yogurt place often has at least two dairy free options, combine that with dairy free mix-ins and Dino-Man feels as normal as his brother and sister!  We found a local pizza place that has dairy free crust and is happy to make Dino-Man a cheese free pizza.  He LOVES it. We keep dairy-free cupcakes frozen in our freezer, they take about 30 minutes to thaw on the counter and it means we always have a party friendly food available for him.

At home it is easier because I control what goes in to our food.  But that has meant learning how to read food labels.  If your child has a food allergy you must read labels and you must get good at it.  Your child’s health simply depends on it.

Dairy can be tricky – here are some ways it shows up in food that you might not realize:

  • Beta-lactoglobulin
  • Casein
  • Caseinate (ammonium caseinate, calcium caseinate, magnesium caseinate, potassium caseinate, and sodium caseinate)
  • Delactosed or demineralized whey
  • Hydrolyzed casein
  • Hydrolyzed milk protein
  • Lactalbumin
  • Lactalbumin phosphate
  • Lactose
  • Lactoferrin
  • Lactoglobulin
  • Beta-lactoglobulin
  • Casein, rennet casein
  • Caseinate (ammonium caseinate, calcium caseinate, magnesium caseinate, potassium caseinate, and sodium caseinate)
  • Delactosed or demineralized whey
  • Dry milk, milk solids
  • Hydrolyzed casein and hydrolyzed milk protein
  • Lactalbumin and lactalbumin phosphate
  • Lactose
  • Lactoferrin, lactoglobulin
  • Rennet casein
  • Whey and whey protein concentrate

You can do this!  I know it seems scary, especially at first, and it is hard to tell your child they cannot have what everyone else is having, but find substitutes, be vigilant, and cherish in the knowledge of a healthy kiddo.

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