Books and/or Products to Teach Pre-schoolers

Posted on: Sat, 02/06/1999 - 7:17am
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I have a 2 1/2 year old son allergic to peanuts. I am looking for children's books that teach them about their allergy. I have purchased "No Nuts for Me" by Aaron Zevy which is a great book, but I'd like to know if there are more books available. I did search Chapters Book store and found nothing. Not even a parents guide for children with peanut allergies. Also, does anyone have tips for teaching pre-schoolers about this allergy? Thanks KellyB.

Posted on: Sat, 02/06/1999 - 11:09am
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<p>Kelly,</p>
<p>Have you seen the resources that the Food Allergy Network (FAN) offers for children? I haven't ordered anything from them yet, but I was initially impressed with the list of resources I saw. I don't recall if they offer books... they might. They do have a video you can show young children and they also offer a free newsletter for children (to paid members of FAN). They also have resources for schools, presentations that school nurses can give, etc.</p>
<p>Check out [url="http://www.foodallergy.org,"]http://www.foodallergy.org,[/url] but call them directly. The number I have is 703 691-3179.</p>
<p>--Tracy</p>

Posted on: Sat, 02/06/1999 - 11:32am
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<p>Thanks Tracy, I'll look into the food allergy web site.</p>

Posted on: Sat, 02/06/1999 - 2:42pm
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<p>Hi Kelly:</p>
<p>My son is 4 1/2 and is fully aware that he is severely allergic to peanuts. I had always known that he was mildly allergic to peanuts as he broke out in hives when a gave him a little tiny taste at about 13 months or so. I had no idea that his allergy was a life-threatening one until he was 3 1/2. Even though I did not know of the severity, I had always told him that he was allergic to peanuts and peanut products and would not let him have any. I talked about it anytime to anyone whenever the subject of allergies came up or if anyone was ever offering food to him(which so many people do without even asking the parent which they have no right to do!). Because my son "grew up" knowing about it and hearing me talk about it, he is one extremely responsible and mature 4 year old in regards to his allergy. Not only does he ask if there are any peanuts in things, but also, peanut butter, peanut oil etc. He pretty much gives people the third degree when they offer him food! I am so impressed and proud!<br />
Anyway, my advice is to talk about when ever you can to him and to other people (not in a scary way, just in a matter of fact way), and he will soon understand to be on the look out for himself too.</p>
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Colleen</p>

Posted on: Sun, 02/07/1999 - 1:01am
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<p>Colleen, you are really lucky to have such a smart little guy. I actually found out when my son was 14 months that he is termed "moderately" allergic to peanuts. My son was unable to eat solids starting around 6 months because of sensitive gag relex in his throat. Everytime I'd feed him he would gag/choke and throw-up. Thus, we went through an extensive program at the Children's Hospital to help him overcome this problem. The Hospital recommended I give him a dab of peanut butter on his toast or fruit, etc., as long as he was 1 year or older and neither my husband or me is allergic to peanuts. (I later found out that allergies to cats, as my husband has, is related to peanut allergies!) Well, everyone seems to have similar stories about the first reaction, he swelled and turned blue/grey and the ambulance was there in less than 4 minutes. Of course, I now carry an Epi and even have back up Epi's stashed in temperature controled places. Back to subject, I am a stay-at-home mom and have recently started persistently explaining the allergy to him because he now understands and likes foods (his gag reflex has slowed eating development). He loves books and that's why I am looking for any children's books available on the subject and I am surprised how little there are. Thanks again for the recommendations and support.</p>

Posted on: Sun, 02/07/1999 - 10:39pm
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<p>Kelly,</p>
<p>The books are a good idea. I have a 4-year old peanut allergic son and, while he is very smart/bright, he is not very mature at all. I have spent a lot of time explaining that he can not have peanuts (or eggs) and he knows enough to ask me about things but I can tell that he really just doesn't understand. I, too, think it might be a good idea at this point to get some good books/movies. I will try to find the book you mentioned in your earlier post, No Nuts for Me. FAN supposedly has a good video out callled "Alexander--The Elephant Who Could't Eat Peanuts."<br />
Christine</p>

Posted on: Mon, 02/08/1999 - 12:29am
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<p>Kelly,</p>
<p>How did you find out that cat allergies are related to peanut allergies?</p>
<p>I'm very allergic to cats and now my son is allergic to peanuts. That's a very interesting connection and I'd like to learn more.</p>
<p>Thanks,</p>
<p>Tracy</p>

Posted on: Mon, 02/08/1999 - 4:37am
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<p>Tracy,<br />
I know, I was surprised to learn cat allergies and peanut allergies were related. A week after my son's first major reaction I sat down with the allergy doctor, referred to me through the children's hospital. He repeatedly asked me what me and my husband's allergies were. Neither of us have any food allergies. Then he finally suggested - are there any animal allergies. I said YES my husband is very allergic to cats and horses - he said "bingo" that's the connection. Then he showed me a chart in which the cats linked to nuts and other environmental things.But nuts was the only food in this group of allergies. The chart was from a book - I'd like to find this book and buy it, because I have a 3 month old girl too and I want to be aware of all the "connections". When I find out name/author I'll post it.</p>

Posted on: Mon, 02/08/1999 - 4:49am
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<p>Christine,<br />
I can relate to your 4 year old not understanding what allergy means. Like I mentioned, I have started trying harder to teach him that he must ask if the food being offered him has peanuts. He does well with me beside him, just repeating what I say, but I know he hasn't a clue what he is asking. He is registered in pre-school for in the fall - it's peanut free - but as you and everyone knows, all it takes is one child's parent not checking ingredients on their nonallergic childs snacks. I just had a rubber stamp made that reads "peanut allergy" to stamp forms, etc. and I am making neon-coloured stickers for his backpack, clothes etc. to remind those around him of his allergy. I won't put stickers on him the whole year, but long enough for other parents to associate which child has the peanut allergy. I hope these ideas can help.</p>

Posted on: Mon, 02/08/1999 - 5:04am
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<p>Hi all,</p>
<p>I notice that no one has mentioned the book called "A Preschooler's Guide to Allergies". It's written by a Canadian parent of a child with a peanut allergy. Their website is [url="http://www.mc.on.ca/ticketar"]http://www.mc.on.ca/ticketar[/url]<br />
It costs US$5.00 plus US$1.50 for shipping etc.<br />
Hi Michelyne this is Chris, I noticed this wasn't the<br />
correct address to the publishers web site, the author<br />
is a member of PeanutAllergy.Com and we offer her<br />
book though our site now. Please purchase through<br />
our site as a portion of the sale helps support<br />
PeanutAllergy.Com as well. Here is a link to our books<br />
page, just click on it to see this and other books<br />
which when you purchase them helps support<br />
Peanutallergy.Com.<br />
[url="http://www.peanutallergy.com/books.htm"]http://www.peanutallergy.com/books.htm[/url]<br />
My son is now 3 and a half years old. We found out he was allergic to peanuts at the age of 8 months. His allergy has been confirmed to be very severe, and like the rest of you, I pound it into his head that he simply can't eat anything that's handed to him. At such a young age he knows he cannot eat anything that (1) hasn't come from our own home; and (2) hasn't been cleared by either mom or dad. Though he's not 'mature' in the adult sense, he is very 'aware' of his problem with nuts (hazelnuts and walnuts were added to his list of allergens this year when re-tested).</p>
<p>It's a huge responsibility on our part to educate our little kids in the best way possible to deal with their allergies while at the same time not making them feel like they're different than all the other kids they play with.</p>
<p>Stay safe.</p>
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<p>[Note: This message has been edited by Chris]</p>

Posted on: Mon, 02/08/1999 - 11:10pm
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<p>I ordered the video from FAN "Alexander, The Elephant Who Couldn't Eat Peanuts" and it is wonderful! My son (who is 4 now) took it to Daycare with him last year and his entire class and teachers watched it. At the end of the animated video, they interview real children with the peanut allergy and how they cope with it. It lets him know he is not alone with this allergy and he can also view it with his friends when they come over.</p>

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