Hello - New to the Site

Posted on: Fri, 05/09/2008 - 1:54am
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Hi everyone. I am a mother of three girls. All three have asthma and bad allergies (environmental). We just found out the 18 month old has peanut and tree nut allergies. I am a nurse and used to work for our allergist. So as common as this allergy is becoming, I still never thought I would be in this situation. I love peanut butter, my older children like it. Now that I have to be aware of all the ingredients I am realizing how much we are limited now. I joined here hoping for a lot a good suggestions and support. Hopefully, this will be easier knowing I have others to talk with.

Posted on: Fri, 05/09/2008 - 3:01am
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bms2120 welcome to the board. I'm sure it must be difficult to be on this side of pa with your own family. My oldest has pa so hopefully others will have ideas about the adjustment for older siblings. I too loved pb/tn's prior to dd's allergy. This soon changed to having it a few times over ten years, and always away from my dd and never at home. I think you might find that pb/tn become so less appealing over time. While your choices to the usual are now limited, you can still find alternatives to many things. Many members are wonderful cooks who have found great substitutes in dishes they thought they wouldn't make again. I find it so comforting to have the support of those who know what its like.

Posted on: Fri, 05/09/2008 - 2:44pm
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Hi,
Welcome it is also my oldest that has currently been diagnosed with peanut and treenut allergies. After a couple of instances of my fearing I mixed something up, for us it wasn't worth it having it in the house. I cleared the pantry. This was after he had a cross contamination reaction to a bakery bread that had no nuts listed on the label - that pretty much told us how sensitive he is and that there was no room for error. I do know they have alternate safe products even advertised on this site that I would consider as an alternative for PB. For now I don't want him being confused and have decided to wait until he is older. It is great that you work for an allergist!

Posted on: Sat, 05/10/2008 - 12:27am
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Welcome. I am sorry about your daughter's allergy.
Although I am no longer a big fan, due to my child's new allergy, sunflower seed butter is an excellent and tasty alternative to peanut butter. Our oldest had a really hard time giving up pb. We tried all kinds of options. Sunbutter tastes delicious and has the consistency of pb.
Beware of cross contamination. I know that Sunbutter brand is a peanut free option.

Posted on: Sun, 05/11/2008 - 3:02am
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Thank you to everyone. Again, it is nice to know there are other parents I can talk with!

Posted on: Mon, 05/12/2008 - 6:15pm
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Originally Posted By: mom2landzWelcome. I am sorry about your daughter's allergy.
Although I am no longer a big fan, due to my child's new allergy, sunflower seed butter is an excellent and tasty alternative to peanut butter. Our oldest had a really hard time giving up pb. We tried all kinds of options. Sunbutter tastes delicious and has the consistency of pb.
Beware of cross contamination. I know that Sunbutter brand is a peanut free option.
Sunbutter is good! Have you tried the Honey Crunch yet?

Posted on: Mon, 05/12/2008 - 11:51pm
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WELCOME!!
I agree that Sunbutter is AWESOME!!! My non-pa son was eating PB&J's every day for lunch. After we removed all pn/tn from our house we tried soybutter but that just didn't fly. It had a funny after-taste that we just couldn't get used to. Then I saw a post on here that they were selling Sunbutter at Target so we tried it and LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2008 - 3:03am
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Hi. I also have 2 non-PA kids that are older than ds with PA. We use Sunbutter as a replacement. Oldest ds does not like it but other 2 ds's love it. I love the Honey Crunch version but kids like the creamy. I also tried the soybutter and that did not go over well until I added marshmallow fluff to it. Since we discovered the Sunbutter, that is all we use now. My Mom even used it to make filled chocolate Easter eggs for ds (Very yummy).

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