Questions about cross-contamination

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2003 - 4:53am
PB hater's picture
Joined: 05/16/2003 - 09:00

Just trying to figure out boundries. Products that may have cross-contamination like chocolate and cookies, 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
Danielle's picture
Joined: 04/08/2003 - 09:00

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
Danielle's picture
Joined: 04/08/2003 - 09:00

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
river's picture
Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

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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Joined: 05/16/2003 - 09:00

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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Joined: 04/14/2003 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Sun, 05/25/2003 - 11:16am
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Joined: 03/10/2003 - 09:00

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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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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Joined: 05/01/2003 - 09:00

Hi PB Hater

Posted on: Mon, 05/26/2003 - 12:40am
Danielle's picture
Joined: 04/08/2003 - 09:00

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.


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