Peanuts in the home

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I'm just curious about where those of you with a child with a severe PA stand about peanuts & peanut products in your home... We've completely cleared our home of any peanut products & for several years have kept it that way. My friend's little boy knows what peanuts smell like & I feel like that's empowering him. I want our home to be ultimately safe, but in that same breath, I want to prepare my son for the real world and arm him as much as I can. So, I'm just curious where you all stand...

p.s. I don't miss peanuts a darn but, so this is not about me...

By jap on Sep 16, 2015

If candy bars warn you about same factory or equipment would you give it to your child.Same for your kitchen then. We have kept our home peanut free so no accidents or second guessing. If you make peanut butter sandwiches for your other children then they can also pass it on by contact. We really don't notice it or miss it . Julian

By on Sep 20, 2015

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Thank you for reaching out to our community with your concern.

You are certainly not the only one who has wondered this - a hot topic of debate for schools around the world is whether or not they should ban peanuts. It seems to be an ongoing war, and there are many different, valid points made for each side of every parents’ argument. This article discusses some disadvantages as well as advantages to banning peanuts completely from lunchrooms, including many points that also apply to banning peanuts from the home.

Regardless of an allergic person’s age, it is a common question whether their loved ones should avoid peanuts for their safety, or keep eating peanut products for convenience as well as a more realistic environment. This community post has received a lot of attention and many different viewpoints and personal stories can be found in its comments.

Of course, when you make an effort to avoid purchasing and using products containing peanuts, there will be a significantly lower chance of reactions occurring in the room. Still, there are problems with this method because it is difficult to avoid undetected cross contamination, providing sort of a false sense of security in a place that has been deemed “peanut free.” Further, some parents argue that a peanut-free zone does not allow their child to practice managing their allergy in a setting that is similar to the “real world.” This article discusses the pros and cons of banning food allergens from the home.

In case you do choose keep peanuts in your home despite yours or another family members’ food allergy, you should be aware that a constant awareness of one’s allergen could potentially cause food allergy anxiety. This helpful article can help you look for warning signs of this common condition in patients of any age.

Regardless of which option you choose, you should make your child aware that they should never let their guard down. As you will learn inthisarticle, contamination can happen even when you’re at home. In a “peanut-free” environment, outside materials can find their way in and pose an unexpected risk. In fact, this interesting Community Post brings light to the debate over whether a peanut-free home is beneficial or detrimental to your child’s perceptions of safety. If you ensure your child is always anticipating and prepared for an exposure to their allergen, accidental contamination will not be as big of an issue.

The bottom line is that the answer to the “ban or not to ban” question will be different for everyone. Each family must decide what works best for their household. When we asked our Facebook community for their opinion on the matter, they had an array of stories to share about what works for them.

We hope this information is helpful. Take care!

By aagaardians on Sep 20, 2015

I originally posted this question -- thank you for taking the time to answer it!!! I do want to add that we're extremely careful about what we buy, eat & serve. We haven't had peanut products or "may contain" products in our home since we discovered our son's allergy. It's a safe zone for him. But the reason I posted is that we seem to be one of the only families I know with a PA that does this... It's good to see from the community on here where others stand. :) Thanks again!