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Dairy-Free at Pappasito’s!

Food allergies seem to be everywhere these days, but I never thought they’d hit so close to home.

My 6 year old daughter was only 11 months old when we discovered her allergies. She had a pretty severe reaction to a common toddler food: Mac n cheese! And this one was homemade! Thankfully, after one frantic call to the pediatrician, some Benadryl, mommy’s milk and an Aveeno bath, mommy had finally calmed down (baby was already chilling at this point.)

(Nursing Note: I’m a breastfeeding advocate, and I’m convinced that nursing and that good-for-baby breastmilk helped us both calm down after this scary allergic reaction.)

After a visit to the allergist and a diagnosis, I had a moment of panic: dairy is in EVERYTHING!!! How are we going to handle this? No milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, or ice cream? No baked goods with all that stuff in them? Oh no!!!

That was until I started doing a little research and found the Kids with Food Allergies (KFA) website. Thank God, these people reassured me that, not only were we going to be ok, we were going to be GREAT!!!

My daughter Allyson was not reacting to my breastmilk, even though I was drinking milk, so that was fine. Baby food, rice cereal, Cheerios, so many things she ate were already dairy-free! 

We tried rice milk and she LOVED IT! 

Fast-forward 6 years and we have even discovered dairy-free treats at Baskin Robbins and Cold Stone! 

Like KFA said, we’ve been doing great. And one recent dairy-free outing was so great, I wanted to share it here.

I received a gift card to Pappasito’s Mexican restaurant recently, and we decided to go one beautiful afternoon, just after we had taken the traditional bluebonnet family pictures.   

 Once we let our super friendly server know about the food allergy, she reassured us she’d let the kitchen and her manager know. Shortly after that, the manager came, followed by the chef, both  making sure that we knew they were aware of our request and would take every precaution to make sure our daughter’s meal was dairy-free.

You often hear about restaurants gone wild in the worst ways (bad food, horrible service, etc.) But when things are great, I love being able to share! 

I’d love to hear about how you’ve handled food allergies in your family. Share your story in the comments below!