Child has had a reacted...I feel absolutely helpless..

Posted on: Wed, 10/29/2003 - 4:28am
MonicaW's picture
Joined: 10/29/2003 - 09:00

My 5 year old had a allergic reaction Monday to Almond oil that was in icing on cookies. The worst part about this is, that I gave them to her. Here I was always worried about school, daycare and all that... here I was the one who gave them. Aside from being hard on myself, I need more info. I have decided that from now on, I will make all of her cookies (is that a reality?). I have to admit, I have all the stuff to make a batch and I am to 'afraid' to even do that... Can anyone offer some reading material or advice on how I can overcome this fear? Frankly, she is doing better than I am!
Where do I start?
Thanks in advance,

Knowledge is Power

Posted on: Wed, 10/29/2003 - 4:43am
synthia's picture
Joined: 10/05/2002 - 09:00

I think you have answered your own question.
"Knowledge is power" Read, read, and always read any and all lititure( I know I didnot spell that right) on Allergies.
Search these boards and you will find a lot of info and a lot of support.If you can't find what you are looking for then just ask we are here to help.
Hope you DD gets better
Love this site

Posted on: Wed, 10/29/2003 - 5:53am
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Welcome! And we all go through this and you are not alone in it. Some of the books that I feel are the best ones out there are:
The Peanut Allergy Answer Book by Michael C. Young...
The Parent's Guide to Food Allergies by Marianne S. Barber
Caring for your child with Severe Food Allergies by Lisa Cipriano Collins
This site is extremely helpful and you will find a lot of support here.
Oh, I bake all the cookies and cakes my daughter eats. There are some really good Food Allergy cookbooks out there too!
Hope that helps!!

Posted on: Tue, 11/04/2003 - 3:17am
MonicaW's picture
Joined: 10/29/2003 - 09:00

Hi everyone!
Thanks for the wonderful replies! I have to admit, I do feel better, although, still on gaurd! I *did* finally make those cookies as well.
To answer a few questions, my daughter was suspected as being allergic. Last august she tested positive for Walnuts. We have simply kept all family away from nuts due to husband being *very* allergic. He has progressed in his allergy's so much that we are to call 911 as soon as he reacts. We live in US of A! Located in foothills of Southern Pickaway Co in Ohio.
Is it a good idea for all of us to send Clinquie mail regarding better labeling? I feel 'deceived' by them regarding Arachidyl. Any thoughts?

Posted on: Tue, 11/04/2003 - 9:48am
cathlina's picture
Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

Almond oil is sometimes used in cherry pies. Also, used in baked cakes...especially white cakes. Often used in wedding cakes.

Posted on: Tue, 11/04/2003 - 11:20am
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Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

Of course it's feasible to bake all the cookies. :-)
I started as being so awful in the kitchen I was burning hot dog buns on a regular basis (well as regular as when we didn't order take out...)
Now after 5 years of "training", I prepare ALL food in this house, including all cookies, cakes, breads, pies. I didn't get to it overnight, and I totally understand being afraid.
I started with cookies, because that was what I was most afraid of giving my son. Once I felt confident with cookies, I tried a birthday cake. The need for the cake pushed me! Before that, it was exceptional when I would even use a mix! But that birthday cake, I made from scratch. *Eventually* I learned to enjoy baking goods, but I have yet to master dinner itself! Still hate doing that! LOL...
When my sister got a bread machine, I asked to borrow it when she went on vacation. I was hooked right away. It takes less than 5 minutes of your time, and 4 hours later you have fresh bread. So we got that.
After the bread machine I felt bold enough for the ice cream machine. Another winner.
Now I am considering a crock pot (see mention above of problems with dinner....)
At the same time we moved to organic food, away from anything processed.
You're on a long road, but it doesn't matter if you move fast or slow. As long as you're moving on it, you're doing good for your family.

Posted on: Tue, 11/04/2003 - 2:25pm
nikky's picture
Joined: 11/14/2000 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by MonicaW:
Is it a good idea for all of us to send Clinquie mail regarding better labeling? I feel 'deceived' by them regarding Arachidyl. Any thoughts?
Someone tell me what clinique products have arachidly in them!!!

Posted on: Tue, 11/04/2003 - 11:34pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Sorry to hear about your daughter's reaction. Don't beat yourself up. We are all human and can only do our best. This allergy is a learning process. I had the exact thing happen with a cookie a few years ago. I make most of the cookies that he eats. He does eat Oreos. I can't think of any others that he eats that I don't make. I don't make a big variety, mostly chocolate chip and he loves them.
Hang in there!

Posted on: Wed, 11/05/2003 - 4:20am
MonicaW's picture
Joined: 10/29/2003 - 09:00

Regarding Clinque.. When I contacted them, they were helpful but not over the top! They confirmed that they use peanut/nut types of products or extracts in some of their products. She then told me that it was impossible for her to list every product that has this arachidyl in it. However, if I wished, to call them with the name of a specific product (purple sage eye shadow) and they would check the ingredients for me.. not a big help... I am sending the FDA a letter inquiring about this problem. Perhaps they can shed some light. You would think Clinquie would want to 'champain' this problem... I am betting there are a lot more products (make up) with pnut oil in it..
p.s.s Here is the address write the FDA if anyone else cares to.
FDA, Office of Cosmetics and Colors (HFS-106), 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740-3835.

Posted on: Wed, 11/05/2003 - 9:16am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Hmmm, doesn't Clinique market themselves as hypoallergenic? NOT!
Anyway, sorry I missed this thread before. It sounds like you have a bit of post-traumatic stress syndrome. By all means you can bake all the cookies, but if you read the Manufacturer's Forum well you might find some you are comfortable with (after your anxiety level drops a bit!).
We've all been there, done that and bought the T-Shirt, so don't be afraid to vent about this stuff. If you can't unload on us, who can you unload on?

Posted on: Wed, 11/05/2003 - 1:28pm
MonicaW's picture
Joined: 10/29/2003 - 09:00

You guys are great! It sure is good to know that I am not alone with all this anxiety!
p.s. What if we petitioned clinique?


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