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Posted on: Sat, 12/16/2006 - 11:10am
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My dd had her first reaction at 23mths. Of course we have not had pn products in the house since and that was 5 1/2 years ago. Other than showing pictures to dd, she has never seen pnbutter or pn. I don't know that she would recognize it if she saw it. Yesterday she got scared and said "I smell pnbutter", there was none around and she doesn't even know what it smells like. How do you teach your kids to recognize it? I know we can't teach them smell, and I haven't gone beyond what she sees on a picture.

Posted on: Sat, 12/16/2006 - 11:30am
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If we pass jarred peanuts in the store, I point them out to my child. He can't tell the difference between shelled peanuts and other shelled nuts, but that's OK. He knows to stay away from all of them (he's not TNA). As you alluded, I think it's important that he knows what to stay away from. He also knows that M&Ms, Snickers, and other candy are no good. Actually, I've taught him not to touch any food that hasn't been OK'd by his parents (he's 3), but I've particularly emphasized recognizing nuts and definitely staying away from them.

Posted on: Sat, 12/16/2006 - 12:32pm
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I suggested this once before. Get two BIG BIG zip lock bags and take them and your child to the grocery store. Put a bag of unshelled peanuts into one bag and double bag it. Have your child hold the bag and see what the peanuts look like. Let her feel them thru the bags and ask any questions. Do the same for a bag of shelled nuts because they are different.
You are there with her, they mystery is taken out of the peanuts and she is beginning to know what to avoid.
Throw away the two zip lock bags before you leave the store.
The smell of peanuts always made my son ill. You might tell that to your child. She'll know when she is smelling peanuts because it makes her feel ill. It might make her feel nervous (or whatever word she'll understand) and it might make her want to get away from it.
My daughter is not allergic to any foods but when she was small and had eaten something she really hated she always said it tasted like peanut butter. She has the same aversion her allergic brother has but not the allergy. I have prepared her that she MIGHT become allergic later in life and for sure her kids are at risk.
Peggy

Posted on: Sun, 12/17/2006 - 4:07am
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This is something that has concerned me since my dd revealed to me that she didn't knwo what a pn looked like. She's only seen pictures of them IN THE SHELL. Now, how often have you eaten a dessert with the shell still on the nut? I was blown away. Right then and there, we got online and talked about how nuts look unshelled, chopped, etc.
Smell? Much harder. Sunbutter smells a lot like pb as far as I can tell.
Good luck to us all!
Patty
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Patty
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Sara (7/02) allergic to pn, grass, trees
Julia (9/04) asthma and allergic to eggs? & nuts? (no testing, just reactions)

Posted on: Sun, 12/17/2006 - 9:59am
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My DD has never been exposed to peanuts, since we found out about it through testing before we gave her any (reacted to egg).
I point out nuts when we pass them in the store, so she can recognize them. Unfortunately, she thinks that means she can always see peanuts if they are in something. She'll look at something and say "No peanuts!" but it's not safe for her (traces, or PB).
It's something we need to work on. She's only 2 and a half, so she doesn't quite understand that just because you don't see a peanut, doesn't mean there aren't any. (come to think of it, my MIL is 60 and still operates under that assumption!)

Posted on: Sun, 12/17/2006 - 11:49am
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Long time ago (dd is now 12!) but we made a book of pictures from magazines. She cut out things that obviously had nuts and we also included things that we couldn't tell if they did or not and talked about them... So it was like a collage of foods that she should not eat and/or ask about.
Also, FAAN has a good sheet about how a small child might describe a reaction (things like my throat itches) that would be good to share too so she might know what it feels like for other kids.

Posted on: Sun, 12/17/2006 - 1:42pm
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Posted on: Sun, 12/17/2006 - 10:41pm
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When my ds was an infant and into toddler years, I knew that he had some allergies and avoided all nuts/peanuts/shellfish most highly allergic foods. (i knew in my gut, not tested).
He knew what pb was because at daycare they served pbj.
When he had ana reaction, he was 4. I took him to the store and showed him the candy that was off limits like snickers, babe ruth etc.
I showed him pictures of tree nuts in and out of their shells and pictures of peanuts.
Sometimes he'll say he smells PB when we are out and sometimes I can't smell it or even find what he's smelling.
Now, he is 8, can read labels. He was always taught that if he is somewhere to always ask the adult to read the label. He still does to this day because he remembers what happened the day he ate p. butter.

Posted on: Mon, 12/18/2006 - 1:55am
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Posted on: Mon, 12/18/2006 - 12:37pm
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I point it out at the store, or anywhere we might see peanuts/tree nuts. I show them different forms and what they might look like. I also show them candy bars because those are unsafe too. My kids basically think all candy bars have nuts, which is a pretty fair assumption.

Posted on: Sat, 12/16/2006 - 11:30am
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If we pass jarred peanuts in the store, I point them out to my child. He can't tell the difference between shelled peanuts and other shelled nuts, but that's OK. He knows to stay away from all of them (he's not TNA). As you alluded, I think it's important that he knows what to stay away from. He also knows that M&Ms, Snickers, and other candy are no good. Actually, I've taught him not to touch any food that hasn't been OK'd by his parents (he's 3), but I've particularly emphasized recognizing nuts and definitely staying away from them.

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