Does your family eat \"may contain\" around PA child/person?

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2006 - 2:17am
Samber's picture
Joined: 06/22/2006 - 09:00

I am wondering if anyone eats "may contain" food around your PA child. I know that if you eat peanuts the protein stays in your mouth for up to 4 hours, and eating a non-peanut meal is the only way to help get it out sooner (for the non PA people, of course). We do not have peanut butter or peanuts in our home, but I am curious about what everyone does with "may contains." Ex. eat it at all, wash hands, mouth, etc.

Samber--Thank you all!

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2006 - 2:36am
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

we don't generally purchase anything that says "may contain..." or "processed in a facility that....." so my kids rarely are around them in the home. by rarely, i mean that i do not purchase or bring in may contains. occasionally (once in a blue moon, usually around the holidays) my older non-fa daughter will bring something in that is may contain but it always goes right to her bedroom (which is on another floor of the house).
however, i do not request that others do not eat them around my two PA girls. this includes friends, outings, school (including the classroom), etc. we also do not suggest washing up afterwards etc. i guess i figure the risk is pretty low that the food item contained peanuts in the first place and even lower that what little was there will get onto/into my girls as a result of someone else eating the may contain.
so far, it's worked for us. for me, there is so much involved in getting others to be considerate and educated about having peanuts/peanut products near my girls. i feel that if i can just get them to eliminate the "major" risks around my kids, i've accomplished a lot.
just my opinion...and it may be incorrect. i have just found that people are so much more compliant with me (us) regarding items containing peanut as an actual ingredient if i handle it this way.
an important factor for me, is that we've had no reactions from other people eating may contains around the girls. as for the girls themselves eating may contains....that's a definite no (for us).

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2006 - 2:48am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

We both bring may-contain items into the house... but we call DD's attention to them as being [i]unsafe for her to eat[/i]. We feel that this is the only way that we can train her to live in the real world without terrible risk. (In other words, we would NEVER have nuts, eggs, or pn products in the house)
I ask that others do not bring may contains into my house or my office space (since DD spends time at my desk quite frequently).
I have trouble enough getting them to respect restrictions on overt pn products. I feel that the major risks are the ones I need to focus my energies on, as DD is aerosol and contact sensitive-- these DO present real hazards even if [i]she isn't eating them[/i].
May contains? Well... as long as DD isn't eating them, they really don't carry the same kind of risk, IMO.

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2006 - 2:49am
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

Yes, I (+DH and non-PA-DD) eat "may contains" outside of our home. Everything that comes in our house is safe for our PA DD to have (no "may contains" in our home) but we eat "may contains" elsewhere.

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2006 - 3:13am
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

We eat may-contains around our PA son. We also buy may-contains and we have them in the house.
Our son is 10 and we've always done it this way. He's very familiar with which foods are safe for him to eat.
Whenever someone is having a food he can't eat, he always has a safe alternative.

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2006 - 4:15am
sarakay2's picture
Joined: 06/09/2006 - 09:00

We never bring in "may-contains" into the house. Both my boys are PA and young. The 5 yr. old understands but not the 2 yr. old.
I do eat some things out of the house thought. If I'm not seeing the kids for 10 hrs or so (work) I eat whatever.

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2006 - 4:40am
Darkmage's picture
Joined: 10/01/2004 - 09:00

We don't have any pn or pn products in our house. The only time we have "may contains" is when my dh or I give each other treats for some holiday or other (chocolates from Fannie May, or Macadamia nuts). They usuallly don't last long. [img][/img] And since they are only "may contains", we don't sweat it much.
Once in a blue moon I will have a peanut-containing treat (Snickers) while out with girl friends. But it is usually when we are out for about 5-7 hours, and the kids are in bed when I get home. (I LOVE those days!!)
[i][b]Allergy Eliminator [/b][/i]

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2006 - 7:16am
lmw's picture
Joined: 11/12/2005 - 09:00

It's funny.(Or maybe not.)
When DD was diagnosed almond and hazelnut allergic,(8yrs), I avoided the 'may contains' for TNs, like cookies etc, but having been told we only needed to avoid those two, continued to buy products containing peanuts and other TN specific foods.
If I bought something that did contain almonds, I told her what it was - and didn't put it near anything she would eat.
DD would eat chinese food with us, just avoiding the dishes with almonds.
Now that she's PA and most other TNs as well, (and 19), she still just avoids the foods she shouldn't eat. I still have PB in the house - and the knives go into the same dishwasher.
DD has never had a serious reaction - I know that's not the right attitude to take - she's reacted only to ingestion, so far.
When I think about this seriously, this plan is a real bunch of contradictions. I'm thinking that it would have been better to have been told to avoid ALL nuts 11 years ago, not 'just the ones she's allergic to'.
I guess our comfort level is VERY loose. Maybe too loose.

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2006 - 7:58am
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00're brave with the pb knives. i have seen those come out of the dishwasher (pre-pa days) and pb rarely came completely off of them. maybe i had a really crappy dishwasher but the residue was always there after only one cycle in the dishwasher. silverware is one of the reasons i don't like my girls eating "safe" products in other peoples' homes (other than individually wrapped, sealed, "safe" items). i just always assume certain residues don't always come off (pb and egg are two that come to mind right away).

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2006 - 10:59am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Hi Samber,
In my family, I'm the one with pa. Yes, my family eats may contain items around me. The only thing that concerns me is breads/buns that may contain sesame seeds. Other may contain foods (peanut or sesame contamination) don't worry me - just actual bread. Probably just one of those weird things about me. [img][/img]
My husband eats may contain foods, and I do not worry about that. I have previously reacted when he ate foods that I am allergic to (for example a candy bar that has peanuts in it), but I've never had a problem when he eats may contains.

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2006 - 12:12pm
qdebbie1's picture
Joined: 02/10/2005 - 09:00

I went to a movie with a girl friend and I had plain m&m's tonight. [img][/img]


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