Introducing myself

Posted on: Tue, 12/25/2001 - 12:42pm
dianeclifford's picture
Joined: 12/25/2001 - 09:00

Hi! Grandmom of a peanut allergic 3-year old, here! Glad you all are there. I have NOT been sensitive enough...and I love this child more than life itself. (So this is unusual for a Grammy?) From now on, watch my dust.

Question: What are "tree nuts"?

One more thing, serveral years ago I was suffering from terrible, itching rashes...spotting all over. Not hives; dermatitis, said the various docs I consulted. Took me three years to come across an article in Prevention magazine...that peanuts could be the cause...whenupon I realized the rashes had begun simultaneously with my new habit of feeding the local blue jays with...peanuts. Quit eating them myself...and the rashes disappeared. Interesting, huh?

Is that enough of an intro? Hope so.

Best to all!


Posted on: Mon, 12/31/2001 - 2:35am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

My son is 13 and PA - do you have any tips from having "been there" to pass along to a teenager? I'm sure you'll feel lots of support if you keep visiting these boards - I know I don't feel so alone.

Posted on: Mon, 12/31/2001 - 4:03am
CVB in CA's picture
Joined: 10/15/1999 - 09:00

Thank you for posting on the board. I am always encouraged to find a PA adult- it means they made it through everything that could happen when they are a kid!
Were you ever tempted to "cheat" or take risks with your allergy as a kid? My child hasn't had a reaction in several years and recently told me not to be "such a worry wart", nothing was going to happen!
More important to me, do you have any comments on how your mom or parents handled the allergy? Did they do enough, too much, about right? What was most effective way you understood about the danger?

Posted on: Mon, 12/31/2001 - 5:24am
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

Hi Christine259,
I read your reply to an earlier post saying your parents taught you never to accept food from anyone. I have taught my son the same, even from relatives. He feels safer, I feel safer and I do trust him even at 4 not to eat anything from anyone.

Posted on: Mon, 12/31/2001 - 1:24pm
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

Christine, about the airplanes, do you know that many airlines will give a peanut free flight on request? We fly Northwest, they have a special phone number for peanut allergic passengers. They even made an announcement on the plane asking other passengers not to open up any peanuts they had brought on. We`ve also found Southwest very accomadating. You just tell them when you make your reservation. Some of the others will do peanut free as well, and there are a few that don`t ever serve peanuts anyhow.

Posted on: Tue, 01/08/2002 - 1:40am
Sue's picture
Joined: 02/13/1999 - 09:00

Welcome and hope you have found the site helpful

Posted on: Tue, 12/25/2001 - 8:35pm
Jandy's picture
Joined: 05/21/2001 - 09:00

hi Diane,
tree nuts are almonds, pecans,walnuts, hazelnuts etc. some adults are allergic to only one tree nut. My son is allergic to all of them that they tested him for. So we can't use almond flavoring etc.(I use McCormick vanilla) He is alllergic to peanuts too. Many people keep peanuts and tree nuts away from peanut allergic because of possible cross contamination are because some places mix the nuts/tree nuts to save money.
I hope your granddaughter is not contact/smell sensitive. My son is not.
Take Care,

Posted on: Wed, 12/26/2001 - 2:58am
nopeanuts's picture
Joined: 06/20/2001 - 09:00

Hi Diane and welcome! I am glad you found this web site as it has been very helpful for me. Your grandchild is lucky to have you be so concerned and interested in his allergies! I am sure his/her parents will appreciate it! Sounds like maybe you have an allergy to peanuts. Have you ever been tested?

Posted on: Wed, 12/26/2001 - 3:17am
dianeclifford's picture
Joined: 12/25/2001 - 09:00

Thank you Jandy and Nopeanuts for your welcome and information. My heart is so swelled by the existence of you I can't even begin to express it properly. I wish you all the good luck in the world as you cope with this frightening problem...and all the thanks for helping me do the same!

Posted on: Wed, 12/26/2001 - 8:55am
busymom's picture
Joined: 12/04/2001 - 09:00

So glad you will take the allergy more serious now. I have a PA 4th grader whose grandma sends candy containing peanuts alot. She has even sent a gift in an old peanut box. That is when we had another talk and I told her it was unacceptable that they continue to ignore the seriousness of my sons (and mine) allergy. I think she listened finally. There will be so many things to be careful about - keep learning/reading. You may want to join the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. Go to Good luck - Thanks for extending love to safety for your grandchild.

Posted on: Wed, 12/26/2001 - 11:24am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi There,
Wow... a grandma who not only is being cautious but is also educating herself for he good of her grandchild..... What a woman. Now if we could only get some more on line to learn rather than insisting that they will be Ok with this Chocolate biscuit...
Proud as punch you found us.



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