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Hello! I have just found this board and I am so glad. I have a 4 yr old son, Garrett, that has a severe peanut allergy along with a fish and seafood allergy (not to mention some seasonal and animal allergies too...sigh..) We first suspected he had an allergy when he reacted to touching a cracker that had peanut butter on it when he was 16 months. Since then, we've come to realize that even smelling peanuts/butter gives him a reaction. We carry an epipen with us at all times but luckily have not had to use it yet! We have him in a wonderful, peanut free preschool, but we are pretty worried about him entering public kindergarten next year. I have spoken with the school nurse at the public school, since my 7 yr old daughter attends there, but I wasn't overly satisfied with the answers I recieved.

Can't wait to get to "know" everyone!

Charity

On Oct 6, 2004

Hi Charity. Welcome to the board. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] But, sorry you need to be here. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

There is tons of information here - and if you can't find what you are looking for, just ask. Usually someone can help you find it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

There is an entire forum all about schools. Look through it and you can see what others have done to get a safe educational environment for their children. Both with regard to peanut allergy, and other allergies.

On Oct 6, 2004

Where are you in MD? I'm in PG County. My son is in First Grade this year, attending public school

On Oct 6, 2004

Welcome [b]TwoMuch[/b]! I just joined too, and my 4 year old just started preschool this year.

There is a lot of good info here. Good luck!

------------------ [b]CURIOUS[/b]

On Oct 6, 2004

Welcome Charity,

I love your screenname!

I hope you find this board informative. I've certaily benefitted from it greatly.

Amy

On Oct 11, 2004

[quote]Originally posted by AnnaMarie: [B]Hi Charity. Welcome to the board. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] But, sorry you need to be here. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

There is tons of information here - and if you can't find what you are looking for, just ask. Usually someone can help you find it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Thanks! I am actually trying to locate a list of different ways that peanuts can be included into food without actually saying "peanut". I had one from the allergist, but have misplaced it. Any suggestions on where I can find a similiar list?

Charity

On Oct 11, 2004

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Originally posted by Donni: [b]Where are you in MD? I'm in PG County. My son is in First Grade this year, attending public school[/b]

We are in Allegany Co. I have talked to the school nurse at my daughters school, and I feel a little bit better now, but am still worried about all the pb&j they serve at school!

Charity

On Oct 11, 2004

Charity

The PB&J varies by school and kids.

Last year, my son was in Kindergarten at our neighborhood school which had recently been redistricted. Although PB was available, few children chose it. When a child forgot his/her lunch/lunch money, the child was offered a cheese sandwich. Few kids liked the cheese sandwich and soon learned not to forget! Few children in this school brought their lunch--most bought. Throughout the year, I could only find out there were 2 other kids allergic to peanut butter in the school. None had history of reactions as severe as my son does.

New year, new school, same county in MD, in fact--same town, many children with allergies to peanuts and other foods (outside the cafeteria is an area where parents eat lunch with their kids--there is one table that is peanut/tree nut free and another table that is milk/dairy free). Children are offered PB&J if they forget their lunch/lunch money. Lots and lots of children bring their lunch...lots and lots have PB&J sandwiches in their lunch from home.

Reactions in K? Frequent vomiting at lunch in spite of the precautions put in place (and followed) via his 504. Several unexplained rashes disappearing after a few hours. One serious reaction, not involving breathing but considered anaphylatic due to the multiple symptoms, 8 days before school ended.

Reactions in First Grade 4 and 5 weeks after school started: 2 via touch at recess. The first reaction, I believe, was to sesame seed as they are on the buns when BBQ is served. Luckily, Benedryl took care of it. The second, we don't know and didn't develop into anything serious.

If you can, take time to learn the school environment your child will be in. Even now, drop in at the school at different times--especially arrival, lunch and dismissal. Pay attention to the kindergarten teachers, the cafeteria staff, the monitors, the kids, etc. Just observing the interactions of the kids and teachers will tell you what you need to know to establish safeguards.

Even though my son is exposed to more PB this year, I feel he is safer. The school personnel this year is very different from last year--they care, they watch, they are concerned...sometimes more than I am and I have a tight, tight comfort zone!

As to the "peanut vocabulary list" do a search here--there is an old thread but I've forgotten it. (It has something to do with hidden words/names--can someone bump it up for Charity?) Or, call your allergist--I'm sure he/she will give you another. If it's the same list our allergist gave us, it's a good start but far from complete.

------------------ Donni

[son 6 years old--anaphylatic reaction without ingestion to peanut @ 22 months; contact allergic to peanut, sesame seed, & chickpea; possible airborn reaction to peanut if in closed environment; CAP RAST also shows allergy to almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts (avoiding all tree nuts) but no known reaction to tree nuts]

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On Oct 11, 2004

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Originally posted by twomuch2do: [b][quote]

Thanks! I am actually trying to locate a list of different ways that peanuts can be included into food without actually saying "peanut". I had one from the allergist, but have misplaced it. Any suggestions on where I can find a similiar list? [/b]

FAAN ( [url="http://www.foodallergy.org"]www.foodallergy.org[/url] ) has a list like this. You can actually purchase small, laminated wallet cards from them that you can carry with you for shopping and restaurant purposes.

Amy

Edited to make link clickable

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On Oct 12, 2004

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Originally posted by twomuch2do: I am actually trying to locate a list of different ways that peanuts can be included into food without actually saying "peanut". [/B]

Thanks for adding the link Goingnuts. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Does anyone know if the new law in the US addresses this issue? I know that in Canada if peanut [b]in any form[/b] is actually added it has to say [b]peanut[/b] in the ingredient list.

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