Letter to my family re: PA

Posted on: Sun, 03/09/2003 - 7:18am
Klutzi's picture
Joined: 03/10/2002 - 09:00

Hi All,
I've been working on a letter to my Extended family about Easter & my dd's Peanut & Nut Allergy. I'd appreciate it if you all could read it & give me some input on it. Is it clear? would you add or subtract anything? Any other ideas on safe items. BTW, we live in the US (Indiana).

Thanks, Lea (mom to Jamie- almost 3 - PA & TNA)

Dear Family,
I wanted to send you a letter regarding our Annual Easter Hunt. As most of you know, Jamie has a peanut & tree nut allergy. Since Jamie is now old enough to be getting a lot of candy, I wanted to make Easter as SAFE for her as possible.

Jamie is allergic to Peanuts (including peanut butter) and all tree nuts. This means that IF she would eat peanut or nut products, she could potentially die. In fact, if she were to touch peanuts or peanut butter, she could have a very severe rash. Her only contact with peanut butter so far caused facial swelling and a bad rash. However, the reactions can become worse every time that you are exposed to peanuts & nuts. Her allergy is so severe, we carry Epi-pens with us (they are special shots with epinephrine in them that will help her airways to relax & help her to survive until we could get her to the hospital in the event of a severe reaction).

I'm not trying to scare you or bog you down with too much information. I want to inform you of the dangers & make some suggestions of safe food alternatives without making it seem like too much for you to do.

Please avoid giving Jamie items with peanuts, peanut butter, or other nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, etc.) in them. A lot of items that you think would be safe are not safe. For example, plain M&Ms are NOT safe (they contain peanuts in the shells). We have to spend lots of time reading labels & calling manufacturers to find out if their products are indeed safe. Some companies label for peanuts & nuts, some do NOT.

Some people have asked us what foods are safe to give her, and which aren't. So we thought you might like to know which foods are safe for you to give her for the Easter Egg Hunt. I

Posted on: Sun, 03/09/2003 - 7:30am
LilMansMom's picture
Joined: 03/14/2002 - 09:00

Just a question about Pepperidge Farm's Goldfish...Aren't they made in close quarters with the peanut butter goldfish?
As far as your letter goes...it sounds good to me. I hope your family can read your sensitive tone and help keep your daughter safe. Good Luck.
Little Man's Momma
a*k*a Kendra

Posted on: Sun, 03/09/2003 - 9:39am
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Klutzi, I thought your letter was absolutely perfect. You didn't information overload and you provided your family with a lot of safe alternatives. I really liked it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Now, I especially like the part about money in plastic eggs. LOL! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Please let us know how the letter is received by your family. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] It sounds as though you have quite a few people involved in your Easter celebrations. And also, great timing as well - gives everyone enough time to absorb the letter and think about what they would like to give. Again, just a wonderful letter, IMHO.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 03/09/2003 - 10:06am
Chicago's picture
Joined: 04/21/2001 - 09:00

Great letter! Hope you get a wonderful response.
I especially liked that you listed peanut butter too - instead of just saying peanuts. It always amazes me, but I have frequently had folks say, "but she can have peanut butter, right?" Duh - what do they think it is made from?
A few additions - very small - in the US Skittles come in several flavors (mint, sour etc...) You may wish to note that they are all safe (I think they are - at least all the ones I have seen are). Also what about adding Starburst candies to the list? They are Okin the US and fit nicely in a plastic egg - if those are used for your hunt. And jelly beans - they are sort of a traditional Easter thing - I am Ok with some kinds and not with others. If you are the same, you might want to specifically mention jelly beans and the OK brands etc....
[This message has been edited by Chicago (edited March 09, 2003).]

Posted on: Sun, 03/09/2003 - 12:51pm
Klutzi's picture
Joined: 03/10/2002 - 09:00

Thank you so much for your replies!! I really appreciate your input as I know you understand where I'm coming from & how hard it is to educate others, especially family.
My extended family is pretty large. My Mamaw has 6 kids so when all us kids, grandkids & greatgrandkids get together , we have around 60 or so people. Everyone brings treats for the Egg hunt & the adults hide them & everyone hunts. It's a lot of fun. Hopefully it will stay fun for me since this letter should help inform everyone & reduce my stress some.
About the Pepperridge Farms goldfish. I was under the impression that the goldfish were safe. Only the larger goldfish sandwiches were unsafe. If anyone has info otherwise, please let me know. My daughter has ate the little goldfish a lot with no reactions so far.

Posted on: Sun, 03/09/2003 - 11:06pm
Nicole1401's picture
Joined: 12/27/2002 - 09:00

There was a recent post somewhere on here about Lay's now making a chip with peanut oil--Kettle chips maybe. I called Lays and they said that they would label their chips if they are made on the same line. (If anyone confirms this, please let me know.)
Also, the Mike Sells brand of potato chips are made in 100% peanut oil. They also make pretzels. Does anyone know if these are run on the same line? We don't buy them, but my relatives do and it concerns me.

Posted on: Sun, 03/09/2003 - 11:29pm
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

I like the letter, too. Hopefully your relatives will be sensitive enough to help Jamie have a safe and fun Easter. I was also thinking about Starburst, and tootsie rolls, too. Hershey's Rolos and Kisses (without warnings) are in our comfort zone, too. So are the Goldfish; I think you're safe there. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Mon, 03/10/2003 - 12:43am
McMelon's picture
Joined: 09/21/2002 - 09:00

I think your letter sounds great. I am the mom whose children had trouble with giant goldfish crachers. We needed epi and were in the er. I firmly believe since there are giant goldfish pb sandwich crackers, our plain giant goldfish crackers may have been contaminated. We threw the actual box away before calling the co. out of fear. We were new to pa and did not know we would need the info on the box. so we did not have an exact code from the box she reacted to. We recently tried the mini goldfish crackers and she was great no reaction at all!! Again Your letter sounds great and I hope you have a safe and happy easter. Melody

Posted on: Mon, 03/10/2003 - 12:49am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

I also just wanted to say that your letter is a great idea. Just Born "Peeps" are peanut (milk and egg) free and they have several Easter varieties.

Posted on: Mon, 03/10/2003 - 3:39am
Dana's picture
Joined: 12/26/1999 - 09:00

Some ideas for non food Easter stuff. There is a company called Oriental Trading company inc. They sell tons of Easter products from crafts to toys , pencils etc. and all are fairly inexpensive. their web address is [url="http://www.orientaltrading.com"]www.orientaltrading.com[/url]

Posted on: Mon, 03/10/2003 - 9:22am
LilMansMom's picture
Joined: 03/14/2002 - 09:00

[img]/peanut/boards/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/shocked.gif[/img] Sorry about that....I finally had time to use that wonderful search option folks are always referring to and I found the source of my 'information'. It seems I misread a previous post which did not refer to the plain, original goldfish, but to a new 'mix' they introduced. My son is going to be so excited!!!
Little Man's Momma
a*k*a Kendra


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