Feeding My PA Son, What is right and Wrong

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Ok,I am reading some post here and I am now getting worried about the foods I let my son have and the places that we eat at. He is only 4 and has a PA and Tree Nut Allergy. His his food group isn't that big yet.

-I give him all soft serve Vanilla ice cream in a cup as long as the vanilla comes out of it's own spout. No Jimmies at all, because I don't know what other ice cream has been in it. -Ham and cheese from the Deli -He eats pizza no matter where I get it. I never thought pizza as a problem. -Hot Dogs, chicken Nuggets and fries in the mall, I do ask what kind of oil they use. -He eats at all restaurants we eat at, I ask what the food is made with before I order for him. His main foods are chicken nuggets, fries, spaghetti, Mac and Cheese, salad and rolls. We have been to places that use a lot of Peanut products, I talked to the chef made sure our food and his was safe, then I didn't go back to the heavy peanut restaurants. When we are out no matter who we are with we ask them not to order anything with nuts. Salads and bread is not aloud at the table if it contains any nuts. -My husband just started my son eating Oreo Cookies, I called the number on back of the package, they say it is fine, but I am worried if these cookies are safe. -His junk food list consist of, No Candy, but safe Lollipops. Fishy Crackers, Ritz Crackers, Lays Chips, JAXS, Vanilla ice Cream, Snack Well Vanilla Cookies and Fruit Pops. -As far as cereal goes, as long as it is peanut free in all ways, then he can have it. He eats it dry as a snack never with milk.{I don't get why he does that}lol. -His breakfast is Egos, Aunt Jermina Waffles and Pancakes, Apple Strudels and eggs. -He is not a big meat eater so seasoning right now is not a big concern, I use only the basic , garlic salt and parsley. -The Only cake he is aloud to have is, Betty Crocker White Cake with Fluffy White Icing. He LOVES it. He calls it his special cake, I make it for all parties and holidays for him. He is thrilled with it. I try making it look festive and he wouldn't eat it he likes it just normal, so parties is not a problem as long as I have his cake for him.

So with what I am doing is it safe, Am I missing something, or not looking at his foods close enough, is there something he is eating he shouldn't be. It is the same foods for him all the time, 4 yr olds don't like to try anything new, well my 4 yr old doesn't.

One more thing I am hearing mixed reviews about the Mickey Mouse bars in Disney World, for everyone who is familiar with it. My son had it for the first time this yr. I read the ingredients, the vendor called their manager and everyone agreed they were safe. But I am hearing different, he ate a lot of them while we were in Disney we were there 2 wks and he lived of the Mickey bars and Itzakoodize pops. Am I wrong were they not safe and he was just lucky?

All opinions about this post is Greatly Appreciated.

Thanks, Maria

[This message has been edited by antree (edited May 26, 2006).]

[This message has been edited by antree (edited May 26, 2006).]

On May 26, 2006

For me, *personally*, everything you're doing is fine (except the pizza thing, always check because some places actually will use peanut oil instead of olive, and when I was in college there was a place with walnut toppings and sauces).

Everything you're doing falls within my own personal comfort zone. BUT I know other people would say no way. It depends on what makes you comfortable, and how sensitive your child is (and sensitivity can change at any time). Some people's kids are contact sensitive and react to airborne peanut dust, so they literally can't go into a restaurant that has peanuts without reacting. I don't react to traces (at least not yet), and I grew up eating things that now have peanut warnings and never had a reaction, so my "comfort zone" is a lot more lax than other people. If I do end up reacting to traces, then my comfort zone will definately get tighter.

That said, I'm an adult, and I can make these choices for myself. Young kids can't do that, and you don't want to experiment to figure out what his tolerance level is. You can figure that out a lot by previous reactions and results of his allergy testing.

But basically? Do what makes you feel comfortable. When I first came here, before I knew about different sensitivities and contact/airborne reactions, I thought some of these people were crazy and paranoid. But they're not, that's just the precautions *they* need to take to keep themselves safe. There's really no reason to stress yourself out because other people do things differently, because everyone is different and has different tolerances. If what you're doing is working for you and your family and he's not having reactions, then it's fine as long as you're aware of possible risks and you keep an eye on him. If he reacts to something, then tighten your comfort zone. If you find that you're feeding him the things you listed but worrying all the time and you can't have a good time, then maybe you should just avoid those things so you can focus on what matters, and that's having a good time with your son. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On May 26, 2006

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Well said, Starlight!

If it works for you, it's fine. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

(It wouldn't work for us.... and, uh, not to be flippant about my answer, but if it [i]were[/i] a huge problem--what you're doing, I mean-- then believe me, [i]you'd know.[/i] )

We did things many years ago that we would not get away with now... but then again, we are allowed other things that were unthinkable then. So things change. (shrug) You adapt. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Relax-- you're doing fine!

On May 26, 2006

It's not in my comfort zone but keep reading and work on defining your own. It and understanding come with time.

For example we only do homemade ice cream or Rita's custard and safe restaurants only include certain fast food and italian. But it depends what your goals are (e.g. outgrow the allergy) and what your priorities are and what you can live with. Each family handles it differently...and that is one of the challenges...people are always saying 'well so and so does this or that and THEY have a peanut allergy'. Educate yourself and do what is right for your child and your family.

Luvmyboys

On May 27, 2006

I have to say, dealing a food allergy for the first time in my life with my daughter has been a learning experience for my entire family. Fortunately, my mom's a nurse and my aunt's a school teacher, so they have been very accomodating and we haven't (knock wood) had another episode of anaphylaxis since the first time.

I actually have a list of "safe" snack foods that I have given to my daughter's playgroup coordinators and to the coordinator of the coffee hour at our church. I came up with this list by calling companies and reading labels, and it makes me feel better that people can pick from this list so we can attend events without worry. Even if it does make me seem like a bit of a control freak [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] If you want a copy of my list, let me know.

I was warned away from places like Texas Roadhouse restaurants by our allergist (they serve shelled peanuts like other places serve popcorn), and I always call places in advance to check on their peanut policy/ingredients, and I talk to our waiter/waitress before we order. So far that is what has worked out best for us. Good luck! It sounds like you're doing well.

On May 27, 2006

Antree, I think that most of what you are doing seems perfectly reasonable to me. Aside from some suggestions that people gave about ordering pizza, the only thing that I would like to alert you to is salads. My son is not a big salad eater anyway but whenever cut raw vegetables are concerned, I usually check if the restaurant serves any salads with nuts. The reason is that usually the nuts are right next to the salad vegetables and this can cause a problem with cross contamination. I personally am not allergic to nuts but I do remember ordering a greek salad once and finding a slivered almond in it.

Good luck! Sounds like you are doing fine!

On May 27, 2006

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Originally posted by nellymom: [b]I have to say, dealing a food allergy for the first time in my life with my daughter has been a learning experience for my entire family. Fortunately, my mom's a nurse and my aunt's a school teacher, so they have been very accomodating and we haven't (knock wood) had another episode of anaphylaxis since the first time.

I actually have a list of "safe" snack foods that I have given to my daughter's playgroup coordinators and to the coordinator of the coffee hour at our church. I came up with this list by calling companies and reading labels, and it makes me feel better that people can pick from this list so we can attend events without worry. Even if it does make me seem like a bit of a control freak [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] If you want a copy of my list, let me know.

I was warned away from places like Texas Roadhouse restaurants by our allergist (they serve shelled peanuts like other places serve popcorn), and I always call places in advance to check on their peanut policy/ingredients, and I talk to our waiter/waitress before we order. So far that is what has worked out best for us. Good luck! It sounds like you're doing well.[/b]

I would greatly Appreciate if you can send it to me. Let me know how you want to do it.

Maria

On May 27, 2006

Hi Maria -

Just to share one thing that took me by surprise - Ritz Bitz "cheese" crackers have peanuts as an ingredient. A mom brought them to soccer practice, saying that she had checked. I gave it a quick read through and started to hand it to my son when alarm bellls started ringing in my head. I read it again, and, sure enough, "peanuts" was right there, in the actual list of ingredients.

I think we were both looking for the bold allergen warning at the end and read past the ingredient list. It reinforced the mantra, "read every ingredient, every time."

Hope this helps!

On May 27, 2006

Greenlady Thank you for the reminder!!!! So glad you caught that!!

On May 29, 2006

Hi, everyone. Someone mentioned pizza not always being safe because some pizza places do use peanut oil. A few weeks ago I went in to pick up a pie for a Friday night and, there on the counter, was a pizza with peanut butter and jelly as a topping. I asked if my pizza could have been contaminated, because my son has a peanut allergy. The guy looked at me like I was a nut. He said That's over there, it's not going to affect your pie, no worries...." I took my pie home. I guess I was telling myself, well, he said it wasn't contaminated. But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized, they probably would put the pb & j on the whole pie and then cut it, right? Couldn't they have cut the pbj pie with the pizza wheel, maybe rinsed it in plain water, and then cut mine??? I don't go there anymore and I still may compose a letter, just to educate the owner so that the next time a pa customer comes in, they can give them a more informed answer. Take care, Kathy

On May 30, 2006

nellymom.. I would love to have a copy of your list also. you can send it to [email]sterlingdd@wellmark.com[/email]

Thanks.

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