family restrictions

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By cats4me on Fri, 05-22-09, 05:43

I've done a lot of research, but I'm still new to this peanut allergy thing. How careful do I need to be around food that may not be peanut-free? Do I need to restrict my kids and my husband from bringing those foods into the house? Right now, I'm telling my family not to bring anything home with peanuts. However, I am letting my kids bring home cookies and treats that may have been "exposed" to peanuts. They have to keep those snacks in their rooms and wash their hands after touching them. (Which I'm sure they do faithfully-right!) I feel bad restricting my family, but crumbs may find their way into my food! Am I being overly cautious?

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By BestAllergySites on Sun, 05-24-09, 21:38

catseme-

Similar to my post to you on white flour-this is again an individual thing based on comfort level.

We do not keep any peanut foods in the house or any may contain peanut foods. We all eat the same food. My kids are 6 and 5 though so neither of them bring home food.

There are times when my husband and I buy a treat for "us" that is eaten when the kids are asleep that either has pnuts or may contain. We are very careful about when we eat, where we eat, and how we eat. This is a rare occasion though-since it's not really much fun to worry so much about a potential crumb spill.

I personally would feel fine with "may contains" in the house so long as my allergic son does not eat. We don't however because I can't be certain he won't somehow get his hands on the food-know what I mean?

Again-it's something you have to decide based on your comfort levels, the severity of your child's allergy, and the ages of your kids.

Any other questions-let me know!
Ruth

edited to add-I just realized now that the allergy is yours correct? I think as an adult it is a completely different matter as you are certainly better able to care for yourself than a young child. However, if you feel uncomfortable with certain foods in the house-you shouldn't let your family bring them in. I'm sure they love you and will understand. As time goes on-your comfort level more than likely will adjust. Getting a new diagnosis can be difficult.

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Disclaimer: I'm a food allergy advocate and mom of a food allergic child. I am NOT an allergist. My comments are based on my research and experiences. Please speak to your doctor regarding medical concerns.

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By andreandanne on Thu, 06-04-09, 23:56

I have food allergies and our house is free of all the things I am allergic to (peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish & seafood). My husband and 4.5-year-old DD do, however, have some foods in the house that have "may contains traces of" or "made on shared equipment with" or "made in a facility" on them. That's fine for them... since the chance of those products containing my allergens are so small anyway (in my opinion). My DH, on occasion, has had a treat with nuts in it (outside the home, when not with me)... or a meal with fish (when I wasn't present). He washes up and brushes his teeth and warns me before I kiss him, and I decide if I feel comfortable doing so or not.

Really it is all about finding your comfort zone. And that can be hard.

There are SO few resources out there for adults with food allergies. It frustrates me to no end.

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By sidni on Wed, 08-19-09, 16:25

I live with my long-term boyfriend who was once a peanut-fanatic. :)
We don't have any food thats actually contain nuts in the house. He does have some may-contains that he eats. It has never been a problem for us. The idea of POSSIBLE - but not even probably - TRACES of nuts in someone ELSE's food becoming an issue is an idea I will not let in my head.

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