JT’s egg allergy is his most severe. His allergist was baffled when he first tested JT because he had never seen an egg allergy so severe. The allergist refers to this allergy as JT’s “life or death” allergy. We take it VERY seriously. When hearing about a severe allergy most people will assume that the allergy is to peanuts. JT’s classroom at school will be peanut free and he will sit at a peanut free lunch table. And while he is allergic to peanuts and should certainly avoid them they aren’t the allergen that we are most concerned with. There will be no egg free classroom or egg free lunch table so we have to rely on the tactics we’ve relied on his whole life. Being vigilant about what we are feeding him and teaching him to never eat foods that he is unsure of (in this case anything I didn’t pack for lunch).
So, what does JT need to avoid for his egg free diet? Well, eggs of course, we don’t even have them in our house and we don’t take him to restaurants that are serving breakfast. They are probably the thing my husband and I miss the most and any time we leave the kids over night the first thing we do in the morning is head out to breakfast. We also avoid baked goods that aren’t baked by me (or by JT’s Nana or Grammy), many breads, ice creams and puddings, meatloaf, casseroles, mayonnaise, some crackers and pretzels, egg noodles, canned soups with noodles, french toast, most battered or breaded foods, meatballs, fudge, some marshmallows, fluffernutter, some salad dressings, tartar sauce, and anything else that could have egg as a binder or an egg white wash on it…which reminds me, sometimes jelly beans are glazed with egg white.
Learning to read nutrition labels takes a while. As a general rule, if I come across a word I don’t recognize I google it to find out what it is before deciding if it’s something JT can eat. Over time, you will become more familiar with labels and it gets easier. Here is a list of other words that appear in ingredients that should be avoided with an egg allergy. I don’t come across these very often, but am always on the look out just in case.
albumin, globulin, livetin, lysozyme, meringue, ovalbumin, ovomucin, ovomucoid, ovovitellin, Simplesse
If you are avoiding eggs be sure to read this tip about baking without eggs!