Q: My son is allergic to soy, peanuts, legumes, cows milk and eggs. What is safe for to eat and what shouldn't he eat?! HELP!
A: Because of your son’s allergies, you’re going to have to work a little harder than most moms to make sure that your child is getting all the nutrients he needs. I think the most important first step is to ask your son’s pediatrician for a referral to a pediatric dietitian, who can provide you with a list of foods and beverages that are safe and beneficial for your son to eat. After meeting with this professional, you’ll know which foods to choose from each food group, such as grains, dairy, fruits and vegetables, and protein foods. The dietitian can also help you design meal plans for your son, so you’ll know that he’s getting enough calories and all the nutrients he needs each day to grow and develop properly. In many cases, the cost of the consultation is covered by health insurance. Offering your son a variety of great-tasting, nutritious foods that don’t aggravate his allergies will help keep him healthy, and it will also give you tremendous peace of mind.