Eight Year Old Aidan Moffett is not a normal eight year old, but you would never tell by looking at him. His mother April knows his food allergy is dangerous, but without Children’s Hospital she might not have known how to help her son.
Listen to Aidan’s Story:
Aidan’s parents knew he was different when he was born. He was their third child and the only one born with cradle cap (inflammatory skin condition that causes flaky, white to yellowish scales to form on oily areas such as the scalp or inside the ear). It was also the first indication that he had atopic dermatitis.
They began incorporating cereals into his diet when he was 6 months old. He immediately broke out in hives and they soon discovered that he was allergic to wheat. As he got older, they began introducing new foods to his diet. He frequently broke out in uncontrollable eczema rashes all over his body.
When he was 2½ they could finally do a blood test to determine everything he was allergic to. He tested above scale on dairy, wheat, corn, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, sunflowers and eggs. “We have to avoid all of these foods,” said April. “It’s a struggle on a daily basis to try and keep him clear and comfortable. The older he gets, the worse he’s getting.”
Aidan’s life will never be “normal.” When Aidan attends birthday parties, his mom prepares a special treat for him. He’s never spent the night at a friend’s house because his parents worry that he might eat the wrong thing. He is currently enrolled in a home bound program, but has an opportunity to go to school from time to time.
French fries are his favorite food. While most of the foods he eats are homemade, he does get to enjoy Chick-fil-A’s fries occasionally. Aidan enjoys playing video games with his brother.
March 9 – 12, 2012, Aidan was hospitalized at Children’s for a super staph infection on his face. He has been hospitalized 5 times since birth.