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Posted on: Sun, 09/29/2013 - 1:46pm
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However you choose to handle the family event will set the tone for how your daughter will expect others to handle it. I know you have received much advice but I am surprized by any parent of a PA child that would reccommend not banning nuts from a family function. A family event should be a safe place for any child and to not provide that.... well .... anyway. Family should want to give a safe fun event for everyone. The fact that you are planning so far inadvance and seeking knowledge is a sure sign that you will have the very best holiday season.

Posted on: Mon, 09/30/2013 - 8:38am
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DESPITE THEIR GOOD INTENTIONS, EVEN FAMILY MEMBERS CANNOT BE TRUSTED WHEN IT COMES TO A NUT ALLERGY. THEY DON'T REALIZE THAT ANYTHING THEY MAY HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH COULD BE A PROBLEM. THEN ALL OF THE FOOD SITS ON THE TABLE WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF CROSS CONTAMINATION. IF SOMEONE IS MAKING A DISH THAT MY DAUGHTER CAN EAT AND THEY UNDERSTAND HER ALLERGY I ASK THEM TO SET A PORTION ASIDE FOR HER. AND I ALWAYS MAKE SEVERAL SMALL DISHES THAT SHE CAN EAT, AND I SET HERS ASIDE. I USED TO GET MY FEELINGS HURT WHEN PEOPLE WOULD SHOW UP WITH DISHES MY DAUGHTER COULDN'T EAT, BUT EVEN WHEN THEY TRIED I DIDN'T TRUST THE FOOD ANYWAY. PEOPLE JUST DON'T GET IT. ID RATHER BE SAFE AND BE ABLE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME.

Posted on: Wed, 10/16/2013 - 12:40pm
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I always remind everyone not to bring/make anything containing nuts initially when we set the time & then again a few days before the holiday (before everyone has started cooking). Then, I always make a couple of dishes my dd loves as well as a dessert (that I keep wrapped up away from all the others.) Then, after the blessing, I fix her a plate (or two) mainly of what I brought or what I KNOW is safe and then put my dishes out with the rest to share. That way I don't have to worry about cross contamination.

Posted on: Thu, 10/17/2013 - 10:55am
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Depends on how old your child is, how educated your relatives are and how many of them will be there. For example, If your child is very young and is around other relative kids the risk of her getting something is her mouth is high, if you have an older relative that thinks that a little bit of food with nuts won't hurt a kid but will make them tougher, well that might be a horrible holiday get together. Use your own judgement and do things so you don't have any regrets. I would recommend to bring your own food either way.

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