allergy mom

Posted on: Tue, 02/05/2008 - 1:24pm
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Hi everyone,

I'm a mom of 2 children and we've been dealing with severe peanut/tree nut/soy/sesame food allergies for 4 years. I have quite a few stories to share but mostly I want to spread the knowledge I've gained throughout the years to others going through the same challenges that we've faced. I'm always researching new information and would love ideas, facts, etc. about allergies/kids.

Knowledge is power and the more educated parents/caregivers become, the safer and more secure our children will feel.

Posted on: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 12:41am
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WELCOME! I agree that knowledge can do so much. When I first found out about DS's pa (he was between 3-4 months old) I honestly didn't give it much thought. He was just a baby and since I was BF'ing I just took at pn out of my diet. But as he got older and I began to read and research more I realized just what it all means. Since then we have become a tn/pn free household and even when I do wean him I still plan on not eating anything he can't eat just to make me that much more diligent to keep it as far away from him as possible.
I look forward to tapping into your experience and things you have learned! Welcome!

Posted on: Sat, 02/09/2008 - 11:23am
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Thanks for the welcome. When we first found out about the allergies we had no idea just how severe they were so many mistakes have been made over the past 4 years but, each mistake has been a blessing in its own way.
The latest discovery we've found is the "hidden" ingredients in personal care products. (shampoo, lotion, hand soap, etc.) We had a close call at a neighbor's house with hand soap. It was an expensive great smelling soap and all but,it contained 3 different derivatives of tree nuts!
Since then we've examined tons of products and cosmetics looking for allergen free ingredients. Not many to choose from.
Looking forward to sharing with you!

Posted on: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 9:36am
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I know exactly what you mean about "hidden" ingredients: I have a niece who is violently allergic to soy, and have had to shop for her visits many times. Just today I was looking at some nice, locally made "organic" soaps and lotions and I thought about buying some for my niece. I asked the girl at the counter if they contained soy, to which she replied she didn't think so. I picked up one of the lip balms, looked at the label and it said it contained lecithin, with no source indicated. She didn't know the source, so I left empty handed... again...

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