I just found out yesterday that my son 15 mos has a peanut allergy. I'm looking for foods that you normally wouldn't think to have peanut oil in them that i can look out for.
On Jan 5, 2000
I can understand your concern, we found out that our son was PA at 19 months, my 2 older children do not have a Peanut Allergy. As to your question regarding foods he can eat, although peanut oil is off the menu so should many other foods, particularily processed foods as they are much more likely to contain peanut or peanut products. We now eat very few processed foods and stick to mostly meat, rice, veggies. Reading ALL labels is very important as there are many hidden dangers. I also bake all our cookies and treats now to avoid any further incidents. I feel that we are fortunate that my son's reaction happened at an early age as he will never know any different in terms of diet. Best of luck to you!
On Jan 7, 2000
Sometimes it seems like so much work to bake everything at home, we don't even order pizza out anymore. However, for me it has been far more frustrating to identify ingredients on pre packaged stuff. Restaurants are difficult because OFTEN workers don't have a clue! I went to a candy shop in town and asked (mostly out of curiosity) if they carried any nut free chocolate, and the answer I got was, "Nut free??" I smiled at the woman and said, "If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm going to guess the answer is no." and I walked out. The scarest thing is that almost anything can contain peanuts, and to know of all things to watch for you need a PhD in "peanutology!" Seriously, you will find very helpful information here as well as what to look for. Welcome.
On Jan 10, 2000
Hi, We found out our sone was PA when he was 9 months old. I agree that knowing early can help with diet. I also agree that label reading can be frustrating too. We try to stay away from as many perpared foods as possible.
There is alot of great info on this site, look for the link to Food Allergy Network too. They have some great info too. Both sites, newsletters are a wealth of information, suggestions, products, and support, and very important recalls of items that have undeclared peanut in them ( these are items that have peanut in them but it is not listed on the ingrediant label). You will learn as you go we all do and keep coming here there are great ideas on ways to help avoid or work around most situations from people who have already had to do it and who are generous enough to share thier thought with all of us. Stay Safe :-) Jackie
On Jan 18, 2000
My 3 year old daughter also showed signs of an allergy to peanuts at 15 months when someone gave her a Reece's chocolate and she was violently ill, but it was not till she was over two that I was sure it was an allergic reaction and not just something sticking in her throat, so well done for realising so early.
A few days ago, she inadvertently swallowed a mouthful of chocolate brownie which contained PECANS and the reaction was terrible. Her lips swelled horribly and she threw up her meal - fortunately, as the swelling did not go to her tongue once the allergen was out of her body. We still had to go to hospital, though, where they gave her a dose of prednislone. We are now carriers of an Epipen as further exposure could kill her. ALL nuts are now banned in our household - she may not be allergic to all nuts but we can't risk finding out?
It is strangly reassuring to discover others faced with this danger.
On Feb 17, 2000
Catherine, I know exactly what you mean about the reassurance your feeling. I just stummbled onto these forums about one week ago. I was feeling very isolated and unsure about many things. Listening and talking with others is really helping me keep things in proper perspective. I have found that all my fears of today and the future for my child, the occassional depression and feelings of isolation are normal reactions to what we have been experiencing. I have been picking up a lot of information through these forums and intend on spreading the infor. around somehow. I am looking into the PAL program and would like to start a community support group. Not sure how yet but there must be others in this community who share the the same concerns found in these forums and need the reassurance that things can work. Take care. Tlarrab
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On Feb 26, 2000
Hi and welcome to the club. My kids are older now and they have different allergies. Peanut nut is but one. Don't worry, you'll "get" it too. The first year is maybe the worst, but you'll do fine. My advice to new parents is read, read and read. The library is a good source of medical info. The companies are a good source of info and most of them are very helpful. Your are not alone and there is help out there.
On Feb 27, 2000
Hi and welcome. You won't feel overwhelmed until your child has maybe some more reactions and then you realize how easily they can react. Both of my kids are peanut allergic and smelling peanuts or peanut butter can give them hives. You will get used to it though and it will just become a part of your life. I used to store peanut butter high up in our cupboards and only eat it when they weren't around. That was right after I found out. Now, I understand how crazy that was and realized soon we had to be a peanut free FAMILY! No more sneaking!! They would react because I dipped a contaminated knife into the butter dish which they would eat from the next day. They would get hives and I couldn't understand why! Another advice is to go overboard almost with alerting family and other relatives. Since your child will be with mostly family for a few years, they need to know how serious it is as well. When your child is around, they cannot and should not eat peanuts or peanut butter as well. This is a great site for you to answer almost any question you have. Take care!!!!