PARKER Josevski, 3, was born allergic to dairy products, soy, yeast, wheat, corn, tree nuts, peanuts and eggs. And he is not alone.
Parker is one of many Australian children with food allergies.
His mother Melissa said she knew something was not quite right with her baby.
‘‘When I started breastfeeding Parker he developed a bit of baby acne, then he started to get eczema all over his face and it started spreading all over his body,’’ she said.
‘‘I gave him a bottle of lactose-free milk and then he started to hive up all over his face.
‘‘I tried everything: paw paw ointments, creams. I saw four different doctors and it kept flaring up.’’
After Mrs Josevski tried many creams and doctors visits, Parker’s allergies were identified.
‘‘When we found out all the reasons behind Parker’s eczema and discomfort, we were so relieved,’’ she said.
‘‘We got a prescription for an allergy-free formula and within one week all his eczema cleared up.’’
It has been a long and anxious journey for Parker and his parents.
Parker has grown out of a few of his allergies, but must carry an EpiPen just in case he accidentally consumes dairy products.
Mrs Josevski is cautious about what Parker eats and places where he could be exposed to allergens.
‘‘Parker hives up within minutes of consuming a teaspoon of dairy,’’ she said.
‘‘It makes you very cautious. At home we substitute foods Parker can’t eat and try to buy a lot of foods from health food stores.
‘‘If I host a party I make it a dairy-free and nut-free zone.’’
She seeks more awareness of, and education about, the severity of children’s allergies.
‘‘It’s important for people to be more aware. So many kids have allergies.’’