Questions about cross-contamination

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2003 - 4:53am
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Just trying to figure out boundries. Products that may have cross-contamination like chocolate and cookies, etc...do you still have these in your home? My son is 16 months old and cannot get to these things in our upper cupboards but my husband and I still have them there for us. Do you eliminate all cross-contamination things from your home or just keep them out of reach? Has anyone had a child have a reaction because YOU ate something with cross-contamination and then kissed him or touched him? Sorry if these questions sound silly but I'm a beginner at this and am trying to figure out what to get out of my house (after the obvious things that contain peanuts!!). Thanks for any info. you can provide.

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2003 - 6:54am
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I have an absolutely peanut/nut free home including all shampoos, hair and makeup products. I may have a few more things to check but I am almost done going through everything. Hope I haven't missed anything. We have nothing in the house that says possibility of cross contamination. I am too scared to be blunt! I am absolutely a fanatic about this whole darn peanut thing. I even have our friends use our sunscreen when we go out together and I bring all the snacks for play dates. I just don't want to take a chance. My 2 year old has had a PA since late Feb and I have been on these boards since April. Thank goodness for these boards or I would have lost it by now.
Good luck and feel free to ask any questions becuase I know that overwhelming feeling.

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2003 - 7:01am
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Forgot to answer this part - I do not worry if it says possibility of cross contamination on it if I would go out and eat in a restaurant and then come home to my DD. I still do brush my teeth and wash my hands before coming in contact with her. I NEVER eat anything with nuts in it. I feel the chances are slim of her having a reaction if I possibly ate anything in a restaurant with the label of POSSIBILITY of cross contamination on the label very remote especially if I brush my teeth. I will not allow anyone to see her if I know they have just eaten nuts. We do not have anything in the house with label of cross contamination.
Hope this helps.

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2003 - 7:11am
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This is a personal choice everyone has to make.
I keep a peanut/nut free home because I don't want to take a chance on mistakes. I just couldn't live with that.
Also, since this is one of the few places where my son can relax, I don't think it's fair to him to not keep the home completely free of allergens. Home should be a safe place for him.

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2003 - 11:36am
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Thank you so much for your responses...I agree with both of you!! Danielle, you mentioned shampoo, make-up, sunscreen...when you have a minute, would you mind telling me what products you're using since you know they are nut free...also know of a good bug repellent....anything else? I am using a pure olive oil soap right now that seems to work well and also Cheer free or Tide free detergent but haven't figured out much else yet. Are you watching out for coconut too or just regular nuts and nut oils? THANKS!!!

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2003 - 12:23pm
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You might think I am crazy, but we do not have a completely peanut-free home or school. My dd is 9 and pa since a toddler. When we first started dealing with this we did not have access to the internet and all of this information like we do now. We simply stayed away from known nuts. My dd is also asthmatic and I found dealing with that and animal exposure, environmental allergies, etc. to be difficult and this consumed much of my time. I know now we were probably pretty lucky, and I am grateful for that.
My dd has not had a reaction from contact with myself or others after consuming a cross contaminated product. Although I must say this is as far as I know. Her known pn reaction has been the same each time. If it made it to her mouth tightening of her throat/chest, touch skin would produce painful hives. When she has had these symptoms we have been able to trace it back to the known source, even a may contain product.
My dd has fortunately been very aware to stay away from pn containing products. Like a sixth sense.
I know I'm probably in the minority on these boards, but I thought it would be good to hear that there is a range of comfort.
Maggie

Posted on: Sun, 05/25/2003 - 11:16am
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hi, my home is complete nut-free, including may contains. But that is just my comfort level...maggie, i don't think your crazy! i think everyone has different comfort levels. mine might change when my kids are all older, who knows! right now it works for us to keep all peanuts and may contains out of the house.

Posted on: Sun, 05/25/2003 - 1:35pm
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[This message has been edited by kstreeter (edited May 25, 2003).]

Posted on: Sun, 05/25/2003 - 1:37pm
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My home is totally peanut/nut free. I greatly appreciate having a place where we do not have to worry about it all. I also feel that my son is entitled to have an environment where he can eat everything that everyone else is eating. It also helps to prevent accidents from happening by visiting family members, friends, babysitters...offering him unsafe food. It relieves a lot of stress for everyone.

Posted on: Sun, 05/25/2003 - 1:38pm
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Hi PB Hater

Posted on: Mon, 05/26/2003 - 12:40am
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Do not forget about the residue left on the tooth brush after eating nuts/peanuts. One of the allergists that we have spoken to suggested that my hubby and I not eat anything with nuts/peanuts at all EVER. He also said that if we did we should also gargle, brush 2 times and wash face and hands. I think when they are little we are so constantly close to their faces and give them kisses that it is more of a risk than when they get older.

Posted on: Tue, 05/27/2003 - 3:50am
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My home is not peanut free - yet. It is my 3 year-old son who is PA and he has a 5 year-old brother who loves peanut butter. In fact, my 5 year old used to be so picky that I was happy to get the protein in him. But now that we have a 3rd son (7 months), my views are changing and I'm slowly getting rid of everything. I've labeled my pantry with green and red stickers for what my 3 year old can and can't have.
I've recently found a yogurt that my older son loves and he's recently started telling me he doesn't want peanut butter. I know he loves it but it's poison to his brother and I feel we can find alternatives. He still loves granola bars and I let him have those as long as they are sitting at opposite ends of the table or I give him one in his school snack to be eaten away from home.
I've tried soynut butter but I can't find a sweetened version - the one I tried was not so tasty. Also, my PA son kept telling me he couldn't eat it (must look too much like pb) so I just thought I'd leave that alone and stay with yogurt and turkey, etc.
I've let my friends feed pb to their children in my house but I think they've all decided it's not worth the work and risk that's involved. So we're becoming peanut-free. I agree that home should be a safe place - it's just a little harder when an older child is no longer allowed foods he once was. My older son understands though and he's thoughtful when it comes to candy he's received at a party or at school. He always asks if they're is something my PA son can have and he sets it aside to share.
With a baby now, too, my attention is spread over 3 boys and to keep my PA son safe, I want to eliminate all risks for him.

Posted on: Wed, 05/28/2003 - 10:22am
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Thanks for the help everyone!!! Another cross-contam question...I see many of you on this site calling the manufacturers to ask about contents. Do you recommend doing this for any products that DON'T say "may contain" on the label just to be sure they really are safe?

Posted on: Wed, 05/28/2003 - 11:02am
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It depends. Since the FDA does not require an item be listed if it is less than 2% of the product, I decide based on the manufacturer. There are some that are better and more trustworthy (Hershey's) about labeling while others (Brach's) are not as accurate. Also, I'm staying away from local store brands now.
There was a thread a while back about manufacturers to trust that you might want to search for.

Posted on: Wed, 05/28/2003 - 11:14am
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I do not use any products that say "may contain" or made in a facility that also has nuts/peanuts.
I call on just about everything else, since I am concerned about giving my son something processed or packaged on a mixed use line. Many manufacturer's consider that an item is nutfree/peanut free as long as the line is cleaned between products. My trust is based on what other items they make, how thorough the cleaning process is, and what the packing process entails, and what I personally consider the risk of cross contamination to be - once I get this information.

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2003 - 4:54am
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sorry, meant to post this elsewhere

Posted on: Thu, 07/03/2003 - 1:05pm
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We do not have any may contain products in our house. This makes our home be stress free as far as food issues go. Otherwise I would be worrying that someone that is visiting or taking care of my kids might inadvertently give them something that may contain.
[This message has been edited by kstreeter (edited July 03, 2003).]

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