Bridget won\'t eat

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Hello, I'm new to this site. Haven't found the particular problem I'm having anywhere. We've known that Bridget was allergic to peanuts since she was four months old. She has had one reaction to peanuts at three years old. I stopped the reaction with Benydryl. We got an epi-pen at that time. She hasn't had a reaction since then. She is almost ten. She has always been very careful of what she will and will not eat. It is turning into paranoia. We recently returned from a two week vacation and she lost five pounds. She will only eat at a shrinking number of resturants she feels safe at. She is eating at fewer people's houses that she has been fine with in the past. We are careful to ask about peanuts, however I'm growing tired of reading labels for popcicles. Anyone else have this problem? How can we help her to feel safe to eat at peanut free places she has not been before? Even if we ask she usually will not eat the food she ordered at a new place. Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

On Jul 10, 2001

If she hasn't had a reaction in 7 years, you might want to get a CAP RAST on her and find out what her IgE levels are. I won't respond further because I don't have any experience in this area, but I know other people with older kids have been through this so hopefully they will respond.

On Jul 11, 2001

Bridget's Mom

I am 16 and I did the same thing when I was about 10. I was just very uncertain at that point because my first residential trip with the school was coming up and I knew that a lot of the decisions were going to be mine because I didn't trust the school (although my parents did). So I guess that what I did leading up to that was to make sure that I was in full control of my allergy, and I did this by doing pretty much what your child is doing now.

As for what to do, I am really not sure, because I suppose that what would be good for one child would be bad for another. On the positive side, she is unlikely to have a reaction, therefore she might put herself more at ease (if that makes sense). However, I suppose that there is only a certain amount of time before things become completely impossible.

If there is anything that could have triggered her anxiety (ie a trip, moving schools) ask her about it.

Feel freee to e mail, and I hope that this helps.

Take care, Rach

On Jul 11, 2001

We have recently started to do this with our son, who is 7. He too is anxious to eat at places he doesn't know or trust, and before he never really gave it much thought.

So what I now do is when I am checking out the restaurant is make him part of the process. If it is a case of talk to the chef before we decide we are going to eat there, I make sure he is with me and he asks whatever questions he needs answers too. I have found most places very co-operative especially if we go around the lunch hour as opposed to the dinner hour and a few have even allowed us to come in and see their food prep area. Of course the places that are this co=operative usually wind up as one of our family favourites.

At 10, your daughter is old enough to read labels, so bring her shopping with you. If she wants something special get her to check the label. (of course I always re-check AFTER Taran has checked something, not totally trusting the reading skills of a grade 1 student). Same thing if you are calling or e-mailing a company to check on their lines. Tell her what you are doing, ask what her questions are and make her take some of the responsibility for her allergy.

Before you know it, she will be going places without you and she needs to feel comfortable if she is out with friends checking different places. Teach her how to do it now, so that when she needs to she will be ready.

Having some control over her own allergy might make her feel more comfortable with what she eats.

Sue

On Jul 11, 2001

Funny this should come up today, my mother treated the kids to Wendy's today, we usually only buy fast food from our local McDonalds. My PA son is 3 and when I brought the Wendy's bag home, he got hysterical..."mommy, there's peanuts in there!". It took some doing to reassuure him that mommy would never give him food that was not safe.

I think I would be concerned enough to bring this up with your child's doctor, 5 lbs is alot of weight off of a childs frame. I know that I have read medical information about children with food allergies and anorexia. If I can find the information I will post it here.

You also mentioned the bit about popsicle labels, I'm not sure where you live but here in Canada, reading these labels is a must as most carry the "may contain" warning. The only safe ones I know of here in Canada are the Chapmans popsicles. Just a thought.

Regards,

Katiee (Wade's mom)

On Jul 11, 2001

Thanks for the input so far. Bridget does read labels. I also check on labels of things I feel might contain peanuts or peanut products. She will sometimes ask the wait staff at resturants about peanuts and other times she won't. Sometimes their answers reassure her and sometimes they don't. I've been concerned about the weight loss on vacation, she seems somewhat happy about that outcome. I worry about an eating disorder as well as the allergy. For the popscicles I only mean the ones that are a flavor and water. Anything with icecream I check -- mainly I never buy those.

On Jul 12, 2001

Bridget's mom, the "popsicles" I am referring to are exactly that, flavor and water. The ones we have here in Canada are almost all (except for Chapman's) labelled with the "may contain traces of peanut" warning. I think it's because they are manufactured in a facility that also manufactures icecream (w peanuts), likeley on shared lines. No one was more surprized tha I was that popsicles were not safe, who would have thought.

Regards,

Katiee (Wade's mom)

On Jul 12, 2001

Yikes! One more thing to worry about. It just proves we can't be too careful. Thanks for the information. I'll have to start reading the ingredients lists on those again. Gay

On Jul 20, 2001

Katiee

Do you know if the Tropicana all juice popsicles are safe popsicles to eat.

Thanks Sally

On Jul 21, 2001

Hi Sally,

I've wondered if that product is safe myself but have not contacted the manufacturer. If my memory serves me well, the labeling here in Canada does not mention any peanuts or nuts but we all know that this may mean nothing and the product may not be safe. If anyone knows about Tropicana Juice Bars, please post.

Regards,

Katiee (Wade's mom)

On Jan 1, 2006

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