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Posted on: Thu, 02/09/2006 - 3:45am
daddycool's picture
Joined: 02/01/2006 - 09:00

Usually, there was no effect from Chick-fil-A, but the past two or three times, she'd gotten stomach cramps after eating nuggets. I didn't associate cramps with peanut allergy at first.

Posted on: Thu, 02/09/2006 - 8:09am
luisa's picture
Joined: 12/23/2004 - 09:00

Hi and welcome!
It is really overwhelming but it does get a lot better once you learn more and things get in a routine. Information is empowering because there is a lot you can learn to protect your little girl. This site has been extremely helpful so keep researching...
All the best!

Posted on: Fri, 05/09/2008 - 3:31am
phoenixrizing69's picture
Joined: 12/21/2007 - 10:54

Hang in there. Things will get easier as you find out what you can and cannot give him. One thing I found is quite helpful is if you have a question about a product...call the manufacturing company or even check out their website. This is also a great resource. Try not to beat yourself up too much, slip ups happen, you learn from them and then move on.

Posted on: Fri, 05/09/2008 - 6:47am
oompa_loompa's picture
Joined: 05/09/2008 - 07:52

Thank you! I'm trying to calm down and just gather as much knowledge as possible. I hope I'll get the hang of it soon. It's just so scary, esp the whole cross-contamination aspect. That's how ds got sick at the hotel restaurant once. Luckily, we're seeing the allergist again on Wed, and my mother-in-law has tons of info from all her years as a kindergarten teacher. So, hopefully, knowledge is power and, with time, we'll get better about spotting possible dangers...

Posted on: Fri, 05/09/2008 - 7:13am
phoenixrizing69's picture
Joined: 12/21/2007 - 10:54

Cross contamination has always been a rough point for me...not eating the actual nuts or things that directly contain them, has never been an issue. I would always refuse to eat them ever since I was little. It's been hard on my family since I was diagnosed a little over a year ago at school and spend my summers working at a summer camp near Williamsburg, Va. But they are slowly getting the hang of asking me to check labels and such when I am around. My second anaphylactic reaction was a cross contamination from a dining location at school. So I had to significantly narrow down what foods I ate from my school's dining services. I was sick of chicken nuggets and hamburgers by the time school was over. Another thing I found really handy was always keeping purell and wipes with me for the times when there is no soap handy. Read the labels on lotions and soaps, as some of them use nut oils. Benadryl quick strips can easily fit into a wallet and are great for the fast needed benadryl. Your son can live a normal life, playing sports, in a band, etc. with the necessary precautions. I wish you the best of luck.

Posted on: Fri, 05/09/2008 - 2:37pm
niche's picture
Joined: 02/05/2007 - 09:00

Hi and welcome,
Just checking you have epi's right? I had an incident of cross contamination reaction for our son one month after his diagnosis. He had a reaction to french bread from a store with no nuts on the lable at all. It was cross contamintion from the bakery. I no longer give my son any bakery products from stores other than big name bread companies and then I stick to plain white. Ice cream stores are also a huge risk of cross contamination. As are oriental restaurants. I also avoid things like any kind of bulk bin items etc. I do call companies but not all the time, depends on how comfortable I am with their labeling. There are a couple of great books that might help you. One is from a dr's perspective it is understanding and managing your chiles food allergies. by Scott Sicherer. Another is more of a moms guide on how to do day to day things. It is The parents guide to food allergies by Marianne Barber.
Kids that are still at the age when the put thier hands in their mouths are even harder to manage with cross contamination issues. We wipe restaurant tables, airplanes seats and hands after being out in public food areas.
Keep reading I have been for almost 3 years and I still learn new things, hang in there,

Posted on: Mon, 05/12/2008 - 12:06am
tommysmommy's picture
Joined: 10/15/2007 - 08:30

My DS had his first (and only) reaction at three-years-old as well -- he ate a peanut butter cookie for the first time, and had a reaction that involved some very similar symptoms that your son experienced. The first few months I was a nervous wreck all the time, but things got easier, and now living with this allergy has become a way of life for the last year-and-a-half. We have a very tight comfort zone: No nuts of any kind; no may contains or processed on shared equipment; no ice cream parlors, and for that matter, no commercial ice cream either -- we make our own with an at-home ice cream maker, and it is way more delicious, too; no asian food; no bakery products; careful procedures at "safe food restaurants -- i.e., Italian, Seafood, American, Greek -- with repeated mention of life-threatening allergy, and never ordering of desserts; and finally, we always, always, always bring a home-prepared lunch to playdates (as in, my son sits at the kitchen table with the friend, and eats from the brown bag I packed for him)and our own cake to birthday parties (I call ahead to find out what they are serving, and then mimic my own version so DS eats virtually the same thing). At first glance, this list may seem extreme and complicated, but I PROMISE it is not bad at all. Of course, if there is no label DON'T EAT IT and if you forgot your Epi Pens DON'T EAT. What our kids put in their mouth can be controlled, and many, many accidents avoided. I also ordered the book Food Allergies for Dummies, written by food allergist Dr. Wood (who lives with PA himself). Also, we make good use of Vermont Nut Free Chocolates for Easter, Halloween, Valentine's Day, etc... There are many other nut-free companies you can order from too. I have found that food allergies, peanut in particular, are so so common today, that so many schools, restaurants, and playmates understand. Last night, we ordered pizza from a joint owned by a guy whose daughter has PA, so his entire restaurant is nut-free. You will find more and more people who understand and who have their own food allergy that hits close to home. You will get more comfortable as time goes by -- there are many adults on this board who have lived with this allergy (and been reaction free) for years and years now. Good luck on your own journey. Hope some of this helps....(also, check out the Ways of Coping thread on the Main Discussion board, where myself and others offered insights on how to help a child cope with the whole peanut fear).


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