My son just had a mild reaction to some brownies made by Betty Crocker...The Hershey's Triple Chunk Brownie Mix. The packaging had an allergy alert for soy, milk, and wheat, but no mention of peanuts.
Has anyone else had problems with this product?
On Mar 25, 2007
no...but i think this is one of the two boxed brownie mixes we use. interesting.
On Mar 26, 2007
Hmmm...you know he is so frightened of having a bad reaction that I'm half wondering if he just started to freak out. I was talking about the brownies with my friend and suddenly she wasn't sure if she saw the allergy information on the package. I wonder if in hearing that he just started to flip out and think he was having a reaction. He's only five and his reaction was genuine, but he never threw up, just complained that he felt like he needed to. Later that evening we were talking about it again (after he seemed to be feeling fine) and suddenly he thought he needed to throw up again. He's very independent, but wanted me to sleep in his room that night. Hmmmm....I've contacted Betty Crocker to see what they have to say.
On Mar 26, 2007
one of my two PA daughters used to have symptoms that i think can be related to anxiety rather than an actual reaction. however, i always treated her as though she was having a mild reaction and gave her benadryl, brought her home from school, watched her, etc. i wanted her to be confident that i would not question her judgement. i think it helped. she no longer has these type of anxiety issues, not often anyway. even if it was not a reaction, i think it's commendable that your child was concerned enough to be paying attention to the possibility. he probably learned at that moment that he will always doublecheck labels or at least make sure someone else does. you were good to be supportive, regardless of whether it was a mild reaction or anxiety.
On Mar 26, 2007
Anxiety and worry about the 'possibility' of having a reaction are very real and very scary...they call it psychosomatic...you can having asthma like breathing problems, vomiting, sweating, and even self-induced hives.
Some who don't deal with food allergies will go, "oh, he/she is fine...it's just in his/her head! sheesh!" but for those with the anxiety...the symptoms are very real and very-not-in-your-control.
I've read on this board a few times about induced reaction symptoms...my perception is that it is normal in children, especially those who are at an age to remember a severe reaction and those who start to become aware of what eating the wrong food can do.
I'm an adult, and I still get anxiety symptoms sometimes! But, I talk myself down, take an evaluation of the situation...sit and ponder...and realize it's not a reaction...just something spicy or that I genuinely hated the taste!
Just today for instance...
flying on US Airways the cocktail snack comes out. I was napping. Woke up to "smelling peanutty like odor". Mind you, I do have airborne reactions...
Immediately I felt my throat clench up, I "tasted peanuttiness". So, now I'm awake. My heart is racing...and then I start to talk myself down. I *KNOW* that the US Airways cocktail snack is pretzels and roasted BBQ soynuts...NOT PEANUTS...Then I read the ingredients (the guy next to me grabbed one for me since I was napping). No nuts, no peanuts. Just some stupid 'may contain peanut oil warning' though it does say specifically that the soynuts are roasted in canola oil.
So - I calm down, take a swig of water...the bad taste immediately goes away, I'm breathing easier. I just had to talk myself down from freaking out. I was smelling the roasted soynuts...which boy...do they really smell like peanuts! The guy next to me actually said, "Man, these are some odd tasting peanuts" Well dude, they were BBQ roasted soynuts to fool the peanut-munching flying public.
Anyhoot - I have no advice on how to talk to your child about anxiety and symptoms, b/c of course you want them to recognize a real reaction and take immediate action to counteract it. (How many "acts" can I fit in a sentence! I was rather poetic I think!)
Just wanted to add that anxiety caused reactions are valid, and scary...and you aren't alone.
------------------ 30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy
On Mar 27, 2007
I have made these a few time w/o problem.
On Mar 28, 2007
Thank you all for your input. I truly believe he was having real symptoms even if he brought them on himself. This may explain why he doesn't like any kind of nut or soynut or even peanut free granola bars. It may just have that peanutty flavor.
I now know I need to be completely confident about what he's eating and express that confidence to him.
On Mar 28, 2007
I've pasted a link to a thread I started about this mix in Snacks. We love them and have made them 5 times, but all from the same huge box we bought at Sam's--so I'm thinking from the same batch or lot number.
On Apr 3, 2007
We make these ALL THE TIME. My PA ds eats probably one batch every couple of weeks...we have never had an issue.
On Apr 20, 2007
we get the big box of 6 packs from Costco and haven't had a problem and DS has eaten them several times so far. I always watch him closely after I feed it to him just in case... because something so good and chocolately has to "have peanuts..." but the label on ours reads to be okay and we haven't had a reaction. I hope the recipe doesn't change! we love them. Andrea
On Apr 21, 2007
We buy this at Costco on a regular basis. DS is anaphylactic to peanuts/tree nuts. Have used for about 4 years without incident.
On May 6, 2007
I've had the anxiety reaction, too. The human mind is an amazing thing. Sometimes I'll taste something that's a bit hot and spicy and mistake the tingliness for a reaction. I usually just wait a minute and calm myself down before I resume eating. Also, this is sort of gross, but sometimes I take a little bit of the sauce and rub it on my inner wrist (skin is sensitive there) to see if a hive develops. Usually it's just fine.
It's a great thing that you take your child's awareness of his/her allergy so seriously.