My 2 year old daughter was just diagnosed with severe peanut and tree nut allergy. She has often helped me plant flowers in the front and back yards. It was a beautiful day today so we went to see if some seeds she had planted were sprouted yet. We pulled some weeds, and out popped a peanut shell! Then I remembered that I've seen DOZENS of peanut shells in our flower beds. I'm not sure if they are from old potting soil, or from the squirrels that frequent our yard. Now I'm really freaked out! Should I still let her garden with me? Has anyone else had a problem like this?

By BestAllergySites on Mar 16, 2010

It's possible that an animal (squirrel) found some peanuts and buried them in your yard. Or, prior owners used the shells for compost etc. Also--as you said, potting soil can contain shells.

I would ask an allergist about this and weigh the situation based on your daughters allergies, how old the shells seem and how many are there.

You could have your daughter wear gloves, but it's possible that she will touch her eyes etc. since she is so young.

How about she help in the garden but in other ways. Like watering etc.

If it were me, I probably wouldn't let my son in or near the soil. But that's just me.

By ritpet on Apr 14, 2010

We had a similar experience this evening. While in our yard we notice peanut shells laying around - some with the peanuts still in them! My PA 11 month old daughter was out their with us. All we could figure was that the guy surveying our neighbours yard had dropped them not know about our daughter's life threatening allergy. We walked the yard and picked up all we could find. I don't want to keep her in doors all the time. We always take her epi pen outside with us even if we are staying on our yard. I can't tell you what to do. You will have to decide if benifits outway the risk.