Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2001 - 6:14am
Julied's picture
Joined: 05/23/2001 - 09:00

pMy 21 month old had her first reaction and needed epinephrine from the paramedics after eating a bite of a cookie with peanut butter when she was 13 months old. Up until then, she had been around dishes of nuts, peanut butter sandwiches that other family members were eating, etc. My husband would eat Reeses peanut butter cups every day and would kiss her and play with her. Can I feel comfortable that my child does not have the airborne or touch allergy to peanuts. We still have peanut products in the house for our 10 and 11 year olds. They just follow the saftey procedures as far as cleaning, checking for any residue and washing their hands/faces. Am I putting my child in danger?/p

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2001 - 6:23am
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Joined: 06/09/2000 - 09:00

just my own personal "comfort level" as we say here but we do not have any peanut/nut products in our home. My daughter is not contact/airborn sensitive (at least not yet) but to her its a deadly poison and since the rest of us don't need it at all, I have decided not to take the risk of it being about. I would be especially careful with a toddler! I have a 2 year old who right now can get into EVERYTHING and ANYTHING and the things she wants most are those that her older sister has. That includes anything she eats, drinks, etc. It may take your family a bit of adjustment but it sounds like your child's reaction is most definitely life threatening if she required epi from paramedics.
There are people here who keep peanut butter in their homes but I would be too scared to mess up. Like maybe not get a knife clean enough that was used to spread peanut butter and then use that knife on my PA daughters food.
good luck on your decision, there are people here who go both ways on this issue.

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2001 - 6:24am
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Joined: 06/09/2000 - 09:00

if you do continue to let peanuts in your home and even if you don't, its a good idea to tell your older children and dh to make sure, in addition to the hand washing, that they Brush their teeth thouroughly before contact with the baby.

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2001 - 6:35am
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Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

First, welcome to the board. You will find tons of valuable information here as well as great support and great people! [img][/img]
I think that if you do some searching on this board you will find tons of information about this subject.
I believe that most of the people on this board would agree that yes, indeed, you may be putting your child at risk. But what it comes down to is your comfort level. There are some people on this board that aren't as strict as others and some people who consider themselves very lax.
This allergy is very tricky and I believe that in participating with this board, asking questions, doing some searching and educating yourself more on this allergy you will find that strict avoidance is going to be your best bet.
In my opinion, it's just not worth the risk to have peanut/nut products in my home.
I've been a little shaken since the death of Nathan (I'm sure you've already read about him--the 3rd grader from Spokane, Washington) so I hope I don't sound too blunt in my response to you.

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2001 - 6:47am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Cayley was around PB and other peanut products since birth, but since she had a milk allergy, I knew to avoid actually feeding her other potential allergens like PB until she was 3. My DH gave her a lick of PB from his butter knife 2 months before she turned 3, and she had a severe reaction.
We also figured, like you do, that since she never reacted except to actual ingestion, she wasn't touch sensitive. That changed a few months ago. My DH ate a bit of PB on a bagel, and 3 hours later he gave Cayley a kiss, and she immediately broke out in hives - thankfully Benadryl took care of the hives and there was no further reaction.
So, yes, until the "kiss" incident, we thought we were in the clear, since we never took precautions before and she was always OK. Now we realize we can't have it in the house, and we can't eat it if we're going to be with her.
That's the sticky thing about PA - you can't predict how sensitive your child will be. I was convinced we didn't need to rid the house of all peanut products until the evidence was in front of my eyes. Good luck, whatever you decide.

Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2001 - 5:11am
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Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

First let me say that I enjoy peanuts and peanut butter in candy bars and love a peanutbutter sandwich occasionally. Now I very rarely eat anything with peanuts even if I'm going to be away from Matthew for eight hours or more. I like Matt a lot more than Butterfingers. No peanut products in our home, it's not worth the risk

Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2001 - 5:19am
Julied's picture
Joined: 05/23/2001 - 09:00

Part of my issue is that my two stepchildren, ages 10 and 12 already feel a little displaced by the baby. They love some certain products with peanut butter. We are no longer keeping peanut butter in our house, so that knives, butter, jelly, dishes, etc. don't get contaminated. I keep any of their snacks with peanut products in a sealed container on the top shelf of the pantry. These generally go in their lunches or they eat them at the breakfast bar. They are VERY responsible and clean the breakfast bar with chlorox wipes afterward and check the floor. Then, they wash their hands and faces and I will start having them brush their teeth too. They NEVER eat these products unless Eva is in bed or in another room. I feel that we are taking every precaution. I don't want to punish my other children, especially when they are SO CAREFUL.

Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2001 - 6:04am
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Joined: 06/09/2000 - 09:00

Its your choice of course but not eating peanut products isn't exactly a punishment. Sounds like these peanuts are in candy and other junk foods anyway. I know you don't want to alientate your stepkids affectiosn any further but your baby's well being should be your utmost concern. ALl kids, whether they be step or not, are a bit alientated when a new baby comes into the home. That is just life. Please reconsider talking to them about the life threatening condition your child has and how mature they would be to protect their baby sister from all harm.

Posted on: Wed, 05/30/2001 - 8:56am
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Joined: 10/30/1999 - 09:00

Just bringing important topics up!

Posted on: Wed, 05/30/2001 - 3:31pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Just doing a bit of rearanging...
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