Peanut Cereal Everywhere!

Publish date:
Updated on

My 4 year old threw cereal everywhere 4 days ago and my 1 year old is allergic.Thankfully it was just in their room but no matter what I do I cannot get my 1 year old to stop reacting when she goes in there. Does any one know how to truely get the peanut out of that room for good?

On Jan 24, 2006

Any good cleaner and elbow grease should remove the protein.

Not sure how cleanable carpeting would be though.

On Jan 24, 2006

You may have to mop the floor/have the carpets and upholstery cleaned. To get peanutty stuff off you generally need to use some kind of soap since peanuts are oily.

I would be concerned that the young one could run across a bite of spilled cereal and eat it.

Good luck! Remember, the first rule of parenting: Nothing's ever easy! [img][/img]


------------------ Mom to 6 1/2 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

[This message has been edited by Momcat (edited January 24, 2006).]

On Jan 24, 2006

I'm probably going to get nailed for this -- but in addition to going over the room with a fine tooth comb to make sure you got all the cereal, get rid of any of your food that you really can't contain to the kitchen, or regular eating area. With two young children we have a peanut,tree nut, egg free house. This way both of our children can feel safe and comfortable in their own home. We don't even do 'may contain' -- but I realize everyone has their own comfort zone. If you are going to have food products that could cause your other child to have a reaction, I think that having food that lends itself to being easily carried around isn't such a hot idea.

Maybe some of the other members who still have nut products in their homes can speak to this, and how they keep their PA/TNA kids safe, when others are eating foods that contain nuts, in the home. Anyone?

edited for spelling

[This message has been edited by gvmom (edited January 24, 2006).]

On Jan 24, 2006

We also have banned the allergens (peanut, nuts, egg) from our house. It was just too stressful trying to contain that stuff and keep everything clean. I wanted our house to be a safe place and I wanted us to be able to share our meals.


On Jan 24, 2006

I think your best bet may be to keep your daughter out of the room entirely until you can get the carpet steam cleaned and the linens cleaned--I believe dry cleaning may take care of the bed spreads (I know it removes cat dander and lice, but of course peanut protein is another thing altogether), so I'd definitely ask before going to the expense.

My son reacts to touch, inhalation, and ingestion, so we have to keep him away from all contact. We keep all PB products out of the house for that reason and find it works best for him. And his classroom at school is also peanut free.

It sounds like your daughter may be very sensitive to touch, so it may be worth considering removing the PB from her environment, too.

Not trying to sound preachy here at all. It's just that after living with this for 6 years, we've come to figure out that it doesn't take much to set off a reaction. And we've read about enough deaths in the news--and cried about them--that we've been scared into going the more conservative route.

Good luck with this!

On Jan 24, 2006

I will skip the agreeing with other posters... I know when older sibs have a fondness for PB it can be really tough to eliminate it.

But look at it this way- your older child can have PB anywhere, pretty much, for her whole life. How many places are going to cater to your younger child's allergy with total commitment?

We decided we simply had to have someplace that we didn't have that awful fear that you experience EVERYWHERE else your toddler goes. (This will become more evident to you in a few months, probably, as your little one gets more mobile.) An allergen free home means our DD can have some privacy-- everywhere else we go, I (or her dad) retain a direct line of sight to her. Everywhere-- and we've been at this 6 yrs too! SO for her, this is a kind of freedom she really cannot have anywhere else. (stepping off my soapbox) [img][/img]

My idea has to do with cleaning, anyway. I think you should steam/wet clean with ENZYME based detergents, since these specifically target protein. You could spot test pretty much anything in the room. It's what I have used to wipe down kitchens in rental units too.

On Jan 24, 2006

I too have banned peanut/tree nut and may contains in my house.I want my son to be able to get himself something to eat without questioning it

On Jan 25, 2006

We also have no peanut products or may contains in our house. I just wanted one place that is a guaranteed sanctuary for my PA daughter, who has to worry and be on guard everywhere else.

On Jan 25, 2006

Heather, I agree with everyone else...make your home peanut-free. I would also be concerned that your four-year old might give something to your 1-year old to eat that will cause a reaction. Adele

On Jan 25, 2006

Up until this past weekend, I kept the peanut butter, nut containing products and may contains in the highest cupboard in our house. I decided to just throw it all completely out and then we won't have to worry about the possibility of DS accidentally having something he shouldn't. We have a 4 y.o. DD who is not PA and she won't even eat anything with nuts or peanut in it because of her brother. She's very aware of his allergy and always asking if it has any peanut or nut in it. IMO, it's a good idea to keep the home of a PA child nut free.