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Posted on: Wed, 06/30/2004 - 6:39am
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Hi!
So glad to have found this forum!

We discovered our 2 year old daughter's PA last November (age 17 months at that time) upon giving her a dab of PB (2nd exposure). She developed hives, rash, and swollen eyes within 15 minutes. She was tested in December by an allergist and was positive for peanuts, negative for tree nuts, eggs, and milk. Our allergist was very nice but basically just told us "no peanuts ever for her" and that "she would have to ingest in norder to have a reaction." Ignorance was bliss and for the first few months I thought it wouldn't be that hard to protect her. I thought that the worries that I did have were just me getting overly obsessive about the allergy. Until...I found out from PA.com that I needed to be thinking things through even more carefully and being more cautious than I already was. Glad to know I'm not being overly obsessive but sad to find out of all of the lurking dangers that could affect our daughter and all of the PA children. We are diliently working to get more educated so as to protect her from harm. The PA answer book has really opened my husband's eyes as well so it has been easier now that he is more understanding of the need to stay safe. We have an almost 4 year old daughter as well with no known food allergies. Thankfully she was never much of a PB fan so her little sister's exposure was more limited than it could have been otherwise.

It is so relieving to be able to read others thoughts and concerns and to know that we are not alone in this!

I have a question regarding safe candies. We are supposed to fill a pinata for a family party this Saturday. The kids ages range from 2 to 13. I did a search on candy but couldn't find any info from this year. If anyone has any ideas you could share with me I would appreciate it! (We are in the US). Of course I will call the manufacturer about the particular bags of candy that I purchase but if someone could point me in the right direction that would be wonderful!

Thanks!

Posted on: Wed, 06/30/2004 - 7:46am
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I believe Tootsie Rolls are safe (so far anyway). You also might want to consider filling it with small toys and other novelty items (dollar stores are great for stuff like that).
Jessica

Posted on: Wed, 06/30/2004 - 10:41am
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Hi, welcome! Some safe candies are tootsie rolls, tootsie pops, smarties, skittles, starburst, rolo's, reg. size hershey bars, nerds, airheads.

Posted on: Wed, 06/30/2004 - 11:27am
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Hi! Regarding safe candy, I think there is some controversy about Willy Wonka nerds - there's a discussion in the Manufacturing thread (sorry, I don't know how to post a link).
My kids have also always loved the little toys that are sometimes inside pinatas.

Posted on: Wed, 06/30/2004 - 12:04pm
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Sorry, I hadn't read that about the Nerds. Heres the link....
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum11/HTML/001654.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum11/HTML/001654.html[/url]

Posted on: Wed, 06/30/2004 - 3:42pm
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Welcome!
I like the idea about non food items. Bubbles, jump rope, non-inflated swim toys, yo-yos, 'punching' balloons.
We also consider peppermint patties, junior mints, and hershey's kisses safe.

Posted on: Thu, 07/01/2004 - 2:33pm
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Thanks everyone for the candy/toy ideas. I had called about Hershey's kisses several months ago and thought that they were safe but it seems like I read somewhere that some are safe and some aren't. I guess it depends on where they are made? I plan to call about each bag when I buy Hershey kisses.

Posted on: Thu, 07/01/2004 - 2:47pm
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Quote:Originally posted by nopb4us:
[b]I had called about Hershey's kisses several months ago and thought that they were safe but it seems like I read somewhere that some are safe and some aren't. [/b]
I have never seen an unsafe bag of Hershey's kisses. Hershey's has very good labelling, so if some kisses were made in an unsafe facility, I would think they would have an allergy warning on the label. I have found them to be very allergy aware [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 07/02/2004 - 1:18am
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I have seen some bags of plain Hersheys kisses labeled with a "may contain almonds" warning. I feel very comfortable with Hersheys' labeling and feel very safe with the bags that are not labeled with a warning.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

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