How do you eat out without any worries

Posted on: Tue, 04/13/2010 - 1:14am
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Here is what I am worried about: the companies do not have to label for cross-contamination, or made in a peanut free facility. We are finding that alot do not mark for these. My concern with eating out goes way beyond the oil and and kitchen staff, mine goes back to the bread, the breading, the basics that go into getting that food to the resturant. How do we know that the bread on the hamburger bun is from a safe company? Do we really trust the kitchen staff, do they really know where that stuff is manufactured and the safety of the facility there?

Posted on: Tue, 04/13/2010 - 7:05am
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I have the exact same concerns. They may say they don't use nuts/nut oil, but have they researched their flour manufacturer to make sure they don't make peanut flour that can cross contaminate, etc? No, 99% of them would have no clue about that kind of stuff. I think in general, most restaurants just aren't safe for my daughter.
When she is old enough to care about whether she can go out to eat, then I will do some work and find 2 or 3 restaurants that will cook special meals for her. I have heard there are some allergy friendly chefs in the world that are more than happy to accommodate you if they know ahead of time you are coming. But she's only 2 now, and I'm not going to risk it, because she is too little to care.
I take her to McDonalds for chicken nuggets, and occasionally a grilled cheese sandwich at In and Out. That's it for now. I figure, my husband and I can just schedule in some date nights where we can go out to eat. And I'm learning how to cook more "restaurant-type" recipes so we don't feel totally deprived! :)

Posted on: Tue, 04/27/2010 - 5:58am
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Worry is your constant companion but it eventually becomes like any other worry. Driving, leaving your child with a sitter, predators. At least with a food allergy in this day and age you can do some early recon on manufactured food and restaurants. Then you check in on various food forums and blogs to see what others' experiences are. You end up playing odds that what's been anecdotally safe enough for other families in the same situation will be safe enough often enough for your child.
In the meantime you always stay prepared for the accidental ingestion. Be prepared to walk out of any situation that may induce anaphylaxis, rely on homemade meals or safer places as a backup.

Posted on: Tue, 07/06/2010 - 1:07pm
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Has anyone gone to A&W fast food restaurant

Posted on: Wed, 07/07/2010 - 12:18am
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Everyone says McD's is okay for Peanut Allergies... I have the opposite experience. My son now 3 has a peanut allergy and he has reacted to McD's french fries. We take him to Burger King and he is fine. I have a friend that has had the same experience. She actually recommended that I stay away from McD's.
I am working on compiling a list of restaurants that are safe for my PA child if anyone has any suggestions.

Posted on: Sun, 07/11/2010 - 11:28pm
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You know how they have Trip Advisor for people who travel ? (LOVE Trip Advisor) People rate the hotels and write comments about their experiences. I wish there was an Allergy Advisor site just like that where you can click on a city, then on a restaurant and check out how others with allergies rate it and what kind of experience they had. If only I was computer/net savy I would create my own.

Posted on: Thu, 07/15/2010 - 11:41am
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That is a great idea! I do wish it existed!
We just found out my son has a severe allergy to peanuts last weekend, he ended up in the hospital after having an anaphylactic reaction to peanut butter.
Tomorrow we are going to a Children's Theatre and we are supposed to go to a local pizza place afterward - I am freaking out right now. I called the place and they said they use no peanut oil or peanut products, but I am so worried. I am thinking about packing a lunch for him - he is only 18 months and wouldn't know the difference.

Posted on: Thu, 07/15/2010 - 11:53am
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It is rare that someone is allergic to the peanut oil resturants use. The way they are manufactured eliminates the protien. My son eats at Chick fila, even though when we do I'm watching him like a hawk. Good luck!

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2010 - 11:18am
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Yes I eat out without any worries. I ask if the food has nuts (is it is something that might, I don't worry if I am ordering a hamburger) and if they say no I eat it.
I have been all over the world and have eaten at more places than you can imagine. I am deadly allergic yet I have never had a reaction eating out.
The chances of the flour from the bread being cross contaminated with peanut flour (which is barely used and very rare) is so slim it isn't even funny. You have a better chance of going out on a clear day and being struck by lighting then reacted to a hamburger bun.
Do not let your PA control your life. Work with it and enjoy life. You can eat out. If you are worrying all the time you have a bigger problem then a PA.
Also yes peanut oil is sometimes safe for PA sufferers (we are allergic to the fat not the oil). But the oil can set us off if it isn't refined 100%. I avoid peanut oil at all costs still.

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2010 - 11:18am
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Yes I eat out without any worries. I ask if the food has nuts (is it is something that might, I don't worry if I am ordering a hamburger) and if they say no I eat it.
I have been all over the world and have eaten at more places than you can imagine. I am deadly allergic yet I have never had a reaction eating out.
The chances of the flour from the bread being cross contaminated with peanut flour (which is barely used and very rare) is so slim it isn't even funny. You have a better chance of going out on a clear day and being struck by lighting then reacted to a hamburger bun.
Do not let your PA control your life. Work with it and enjoy life. You can eat out. If you are worrying all the time you have a bigger problem then a PA.
Also yes peanut oil is sometimes safe for PA sufferers (we are allergic to the fat not the oil). But the oil can set us off if it isn't refined 100%. I avoid peanut oil at all costs still.

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2010 - 11:18am
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Yes I eat out without any worries. I ask if the food has nuts (is it is something that might, I don't worry if I am ordering a hamburger) and if they say no I eat it.
I have been all over the world and have eaten at more places than you can imagine. I am deadly allergic yet I have never had a reaction eating out.
The chances of the flour from the bread being cross contaminated with peanut flour (which is barely used and very rare) is so slim it isn't even funny. You have a better chance of going out on a clear day and being struck by lighting then reacted to a hamburger bun.
Do not let your PA control your life. Work with it and enjoy life. You can eat out. If you are worrying all the time you have a bigger problem then a PA.
Also yes peanut oil is sometimes safe for PA sufferers (we are allergic to the fat not the oil). But the oil can set us off if it isn't refined 100%. I avoid peanut oil at all costs still.

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