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This post is a result of another post about reactions from "safe" items.

I am very interested in why there seems to be different degrees or definitions of "safe". Why is that?

For me, the definition of safe would be the inability of a product to cause a reaction in my child. If a product is a may contain then there is a chance that the product has the antigen in it, therefore could cause a reaction and not safe. Whether you believe that the chance is 1% or 20%, if my child reacts then it is significant.

So, why the difference? Is it because I have only dealt with this for a year? Is it because my child is only PA and banana ana? (therefore not dealing with MFA, makeing life extremely hard)

Will there ever be a day when I will say, yeah I'll give my son this "may contain" since I can't control everything?

I don't mean this to sound cruel, I just don't understand how a little word like "safe" can have so many meanings.

On Oct 26, 2005

You sound like you belong in "Off Topic" -- (that's a joke).

Anyway -- the reason why "safe" can have so many different reasons, is because there are so many different people. Each one of us brings a different personality, life experience, interpretation, comfort zone, store of information, doctor's advice, stories about reactions, etc., and that in turn plays on the idea of "safe." I think part of the whole issue is respecting other people's viewpoints, or experience, etc., whether you agree with them or not. Opening up yourself to hearing them, doesn't mean you have to acquire their line of thinking - and it may turn out that you learn something, or it may end up helping you somewhere down the line.