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hi my is sheri and we just found out that our daughter is allergic to peanuts. she is 10 years old and it has been a little hard for us to find food that she can eat and that doesn't cost a arm or a leg. does any one know or can tell me where we can find peanut free food. thank you

By momtoemie on Sep 15, 2013

Another good resource is www.snacksafely.com. They have a list of foods that are peanut-free and it is regularly updated.

Funny - poptarts are on the list as ok though but only certain flavors. I wonder if your daughter had one of the other flavors?

I have been trying to figure how to deal with the allergy for almost a year now & find one of the most frustrating things to be that companies do not have to label for potential cross contamination when it could be enough to be fatal for someone. So getting to know the companies & their labeling policies is really key until hopefully someday legislation gets getter...

Take care!

By tomanyfoodalergies on Sep 7, 2013

thank you for all the good advice. I do know that poptarts she cant have. she ate one with out me knowing and she had a reaction to it. that was fun. I guess I like to know ahead of time what to put in my house for her to eat. but I do know that this will get easier as time goes on.

By momtoemie on Sep 15, 2013

Hey - any chance you would share your spreadsheet? I've been keeping notes in my iphone but don't seem to have enough time in the day to check all these manufacturers. Sure wish they had to label (by law) for cross contamination risk. I am calling ice cream companies now. Ugh.

By Mrsdocrse on Sep 2, 2013

Hi There, Unfortunately, some of the exclusive peanut free companies are more expensive than regular brands. We get some treats for the holidays from Vermont Nut Free and other snacks from Peanut Free planet. The shipping is the expensive part . That said, I get a lot of other things from regular brands. Start checking labels, some of the companies are good about listing "may contains." Call the manufactures and see what their policy is for labeling. Some companies label for may contains and made in the same facility... If they have a strict policy to label accordingly then I trust that there isn't any if it doesn't say so. I started to keep a spreadsheet of the manufacturers policy and would buy products from them before I would buy from others. You still have to read labels every time incase something has changed. Good Luck. It is manageable. My son is almost 13 has not had a serious reaction is several years.

By ldwells62 on Sep 3, 2013

Hi Sherri - No store made/purchased food is 100% safe. You need to read labels, every label, even on food that your child has eaten before, read the label. If in doubt, go without. Occasionally we will eat at a restaurant, but I make most of what my child eats at home, thus I know that it is completely safe. Talk to your pediatrician for a list of items to avoid. Call the food manufacturers if you have questions about certain products, ie ingredients, processing, etc.

By PeanutAllergy.com on Sep 13, 2013

Question of the Week: Answered!

Every week, PeanutAllergy.com is answering one of the questions posted in our community.

Our Answer:

Sorry to hear your daughter was diagnosed with a peanut allergy. Welcome to our community; we’re here to support you and your family. Folks here know what you’re going through.

Here are a few ideas to help you and your family adjust to your daughter’s new dietary restriction:

  1. Peanut butter substitutes, such as WOWButter and SunButter, are delicious and safe options.
  2. Looking for safe dining options? AllergyEats has a new app that can help. You can read about it here - http://www.peanutallergy.com/articles/restaurants/find-allergy-friendly-restaurants-discover-allergyeats
  3. Our peanut-free directory lists online peanut-free bakeries, snack shops and confectioners. You can check it out here - http://www.peanutallergy.com/nut-free/directory.html
  4. Making treats at home is one way to save. Check out our recipes section - http://www.peanutallergy.com/nut-free-recipes - for tasty peanut-free desserts, after-school snacks and more!

What other suggestions do you guys have for Sheri?

By Mrsdocrse on Sep 16, 2013

Hello again, I wouldn't mind sharing my spreadsheet except that it may not be accurate for you. I have found that the same foods come from different factories depending on where you live. For example I live in the north east so the same bag of a name brand of chips may be packaged in a plant that does not package any peanut products. But if you live in the south your chips may come from a factory that does package other nut products. So, you really have to put together one that is for you. In addition you need to periodically check to see if anything is changed. I tend to go with companies who label for cross contamination and read labels every time I buy. This is just my opinion.

By Mrsdocrse on Sep 16, 2013

Re check the Pop Tarts.. they now have a peanut butter flavor

By nicoled1127@yahoo.com on Sep 16, 2013

Just be sure to read everything, my son has a severe peanut/treenut. He is able to have lots of snacks, just have to read, he loves poptarts, goldfish, some chips and pretzels are ok we even go out to eat we just always ask first and we have found that most places are very helpful, it is hard but you can still live a normal life just be very careful and READ everything