Eating PB with PA child in the room..

Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2006 - 5:13am
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My husband and I enjoy peanut products and take extra precautions while eating them around our pa daughter. She has never reacted while we ate it in the same room as her. She doesnt feel left out and she knows and is ok with not having any. She is fine with it. We do not eat it often...just on ocasion. Yesterday we decided to have pbj sandwitches and our kids had completely different items for lunch. We were all at the same table, as usual. Dd started with a slight cough and sounding a little congested. We watched her and nothing progressed. This morning she woke up with a little more cough and congestion...and a slight fever. My question, could this be a reaction from us just eating pbj at the table with dd?

Do you eat pa products around your pa child?

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Helen
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 5)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)

Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2006 - 5:16am
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I do not eat any peanut products around my child and I will not let other family members. Not worth the risk to me.

Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2006 - 5:24am
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[b]Do you eat pa products around your pa child?[/b]
No. Our house is Peanut/Tree Nut & egg free. DH might eat something that could be cross contaminated if he goes out to lunch while at work, but even away from home we all don't eat foods that contain the boys' allergens. We just eliminated them completely from all of our diets. Just isn't worth it.

Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2006 - 5:32am
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No, we do not have peanuts in our home. In the beginning, dh and I ate them away from home. But after a while, it was stressful for us (thinking what if I get some on ds's cheek when we kiss him, etc.). It was just easier to avoid them all the time. And really, I do not miss them very much. And it's MUCH better for peace of mind.

Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2006 - 5:35am
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No, we are a peanut free house and I have not eaten peanuts or peanut butter since he was diagnosed.

Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2006 - 5:39am
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We used to eat p.b. in the house, but it was too nerve wracking. I think I lost a couple layers of skin from washing my hands so much. I think my son should feel safe in his own home. I don't want to worry that a sitter will give him something he can't have. If it is all safe, no accidents. I could never live with myself if anything happened to my son because of something I ate.
That said, her initial symptoms could've been from your peanut butter, but I don't think a fever would be involved.

Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2006 - 5:44am
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I agree with the statement the child should feel safe in there own home. My DH and I discussed this and that is what we decided also. That way when DS is older and can get stuff for himself he does not have to worry about eating or drinking something that can hurt him. The house is the 1 place I feel in control.

Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2006 - 6:12am
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My son has MFA, milk, egg, wheat, and peanut. He has contact reactions to dairy. With 2 older children, we have not removed these foods from our house. Instead, we are very vigilant about cleaning and avoiding cross-contamination. We have kept him safe for nearly 3 years. He knows not to eat or touch food that is not on his plate. As he gets old enough to get his own snacks, we have areas designated for his foods, and labels to identify safe vs. unsafe foods. At this age he helps me get "Ethan cheese" and "Ethan crackers." He points to other foods and tells me "I allergic, don't touch." Besides keeping him safe at home, I am hoping this will help prepare him for school as well.

Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2006 - 6:25am
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I guess I'm not much help either. Our house is peanut and tree nut free. Our feeling is that we wanted Ryan to feel that his home was his safe haven. He is an absolute equal in that "everyone" has a peanut allergy while they are in the house because we do not knowingly bring anything with peanuts or tree nuts into the house.
Just easier on us, easier on him, but if we were dealing with multiple food allergies, things wouldn't be this easy.

Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2006 - 6:40am
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We have no nuts or peanut products in our home. When my son was egg allergic, we had no egg products in our home.
Sometimes my husband and I will indulge when we are eating out without the kids. I must say though that even when we eat out , I don't ever order things with peanut sauce just because it can potentially splash onto me or get on my clothes in some way. I might, however order something with pesto or a dessert that has walnuts.
Either way, if we eat nut products while out, we make sure to go to the rest room and wash up really well prior to even leaving. We wash up again when we get home. Usually if we are eating out without the kids, it's a special occasion and my mother-in-law is babysitting. We know that if we come home after 9pm, they will already be in bed anyway.
Another thing we do with caution is order in chinese food that our kids don't eat. We don't order any dishes that have obvious nuts in them although we consider all chinese food to be a "may (and probably does) contain".
I will make something separate for them and have it on the table in front of them before we dish out our food. If for some reason we need to have contact with our kids' food during the meal (i.e. refill drinks, etc.), we get up and wash our hands before doing so. They know not to touch the food on our side of the table. It has never been a problem.

Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2006 - 7:11am
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Thank you all for sharing your stories and for your honest assistance. With my dd's growing nut allergies, it is now time to clean the house of all nut products...you have all made me see that! I had kept it in my mind that she is safe at home with all the cleaning up and hand washing after pb eating of my dh and myself, but now that her allergies have advanced, it is not safe for her to be around it at all. I guess her allergies may be progessing to air-born reactions as well. At least I know now, rather than to find out at school in her classroom where kids are allowed to eat snacks with nut products. I have to get that changed too. Thank you so much! My eyes are now open even wider!
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Helen
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 5)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)

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