peanut product in home

Posted on: Mon, 05/04/2015 - 5:12am
c1ndy's picture
Joined: 05/04/2015 - 11:46

I'm a parent to a 22-month old with peanut, tree nut and sesame allergies. This is a new world of research for me to investigate. 2 questions as my child grows up: do we keep some of these foods in the home (because that is the real world out there) or do we make the home a "safe-haven", keeping it allergy food free (and allowing the child to let their guard down)? Secondly, do we allow nut substitutes (ie. Soy butter) that in most respects "appears" to be unsafe or do we avoid these too (to avoid confusion)?

Posted on: Mon, 05/04/2015 - 8:33am
akeadonise's picture
Joined: 12/18/2012 - 18:35

I eliminated all peanut and treenut items from our home. It is the one place I don't have to worry. Nothing I ever make will be cross-contaminated. I have met people, whose child are not as severely allergic keep it in the house. You have to find your comfort level. Toddlers are constantly putting things in their mouth. Age 2-3 was near impossible, I felt like a hawk. My daughter started grabbing food and shoving it in her mouth wherever we were. Had a few fun episodes and reactions from that. At 4 1/2 now, she doesn't take food from people, and finally stopped touching all the candy in the store at checkout. She even asks if you read the ingredients. They learn quick, especially if they remember what it felt like to have a reaction. I believe she will be able to self manage in a few years. Stay educated, and don't panic!

Posted on: Thu, 06/25/2015 - 8:46am's picture
Joined: 06/21/2013 - 11:03

Question of the Week: Answered!
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Our Answer:
Thank you for your questions. According the Food Allergy Research and Education, strict avoidance of peanut and peanut products is the best way to prevent an allergic reaction. While most allergic reactions are not life-threatening, some can lead to a more severe reaction known as anaphylaxis.
You are not the only parent with these concerns. Check out two previous discussions among our members about whether or not they should allow peanut products in their home here and here.
Your child can live an otherwise normal life with food allergies by making substitutions. Learn more about avoiding allergens here.
Other parents have also wondered if nut substitutes may be confusing and unsafe. Check out this previous discussion among our members about whether peanut butter substitutes are a good idea.
Be very careful to avoid cross-contamination if you choose to have peanut, tree nut and sesame products at home. Find out how to avoid it here.
Since your child is very young, it’s important to know the signs of an allergic reaction. You can learn how to identify and deal with your child’s allergic reaction here.
We asked our Facebook community to share their thoughts, and here’s what they had to say.
We hope you find this information helpful. Take care!

Posted on: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:46pm
mom1995's picture
Joined: 11/09/2004 - 09:00

You will get many opinions and sides to this dilemma. Ultimately it is only you and your family that will 'know' what is best for your family.
I can share with you what we did in our home and how it worked for us. Our daughter is SEVERELY allergic to peanuts (worse case), allergic to all tree nuts and intolerance to soy and sesame. We started this discovery when was 19 months and had a VERY close call with her first exposure to peanuts. That was almost 18 years ago. We raised her with nuts in the home. We ate food that contained peanuts. We had a protocol to follow. She attended public school. We had a 504 EVERY year. We only ever asked for nut free classroom in elementary. Once she started middle school we had in her 504 that she would remove herself from any room that was not safe and go directly to the nurses office. Informing the closest person where and why she was leaving. Which was not necessarily the teacher. In middle school she started carring Her epi pen at all times. She played basket ball, played in the band and went on all but one field trip. She was empowered to speak up but respectfully. Which helped in debate in high school. She now attends college and works. She is a strong confident young woman who knows how to stand up for herself. She also has great empathy for others. Often advocating for those who can't.
We chose to keep nuts in our home because we wanted her to one know what to watch for, how many forms it came in and because reality is it is every where in the world. She knew the smell and how it made her feel. Which for her creates nausea. There were times in school when her nose knew before she would have seen it.
I hope this helps you in your search for knowledge and that your journey is uneventful????

Posted on: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 10:13pm
c1ndy's picture
Joined: 05/04/2015 - 11:46

Thank you for this. I think I currently share this perspective (I'm sure it will change a 100 times over the years...). My son is an only child and currently is only reactive to contact (skin reaction only) and assumed ingestion (thankfully no occurrence yet) and not airborne. I'm glad I made the decision to post, good and new info. on the 504 plan

Posted on: Sun, 05/10/2015 - 11:36am
dkdkdk's picture
Joined: 08/04/2013 - 20:23

I had allowed peanuts/nuts in my house (my daughter has a severe allergy) in the beginning...until I experienced a bad reaction (tongue swelling, etc). It definitely made me wise up!! I no longer have anything in the house & if there's peanuts in any area she is, then we leave. It's too risky. We have used the WOW butter without any problems (as long as your child is not allergic to soy). If your child has a severe allergy, you or anyone who has handled it could cause a reaction. Better to be safe than sorry. Just FYI... I freeze our own cupcakes to take to school celebrations, birthday parties, etc. to be on the safe side. You will come to realize how many people who are very nieve regarding nut (& other) allergies, who forget, don't understand the seriousness, or who just don't feel like they should be put out by someone w allergies. You have to be your child's advocate all of the time. We ask (the manager only)every time we go to a restaurant, no matter how many times we've been there. And of course have a limited # of restaurants we can go to. I hope this helps. I know it's overwhelming at first but it gets better. Take care & always pray for protection over your child :)

Posted on: Tue, 06/23/2015 - 9:52am
hosek's picture
Joined: 06/23/2015 - 15:44

If anyone decides to make their home a peanut-free, safe haven, please make sure that everyone in the home is in total agreement with that idea! I wanted my daughter to be able to relax in her own home and not worry about peanut, but apparently my husband did not agree. He bought ice cream with peanut in it and I used it to make the kids a milk shake. We ended up in the emergency room.

Posted on: Wed, 06/24/2015 - 5:51am
pmasoncpa's picture
Joined: 04/01/2014 - 09:09

As a father to a child with a life threatening allergy, I'm frankly shocked (and, honestly, appalled) at how cavalierly your husband handled this situation. A kid's life is possibly at stake - his own kid at that!
I have to admit that if one of my sons-in-law ever pulled a stunt like that, he'd also be making a trip to the emergency room... as a patient.

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