To Denise from Clifton Park....

Posted on: Wed, 02/04/2004 - 11:51am
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Hi Denise,

Thanks for your message. I am from Guilderland - originally grew up in Colonie.

I have a 2 yr old boy with PA/TNA and kiwi allergy. I am all new to this as he was just diagnosed 6 mos ago.

Of course I have a million questions for you. We seem to be handling the allergy well. But, the one thing that concerns us is restaurants. Have you found any in the area that you consider "safe" or at least "receptive" to your concerns. We have been having luck at Applebee's. Has your daughter had any reactions anywhere?

Also, how do the schools in your area handle her allergies?

In addition, if she wears a medic alert bracelet, does she wear the bracelet type or sports band type and at what age did she start wearing it?

Thanks a million!

Laura

Posted on: Thu, 02/05/2004 - 2:33am
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Hi Laura,
I'm also from the Albany area, living down in Glenmont. Our daughter is now 3 and we found out about her PA at 11 months.
As far as eating out, for fast food it's McDonalds, Wendy's, or Pizza Hut. We've also eaten at Applebee's, Smokey Bones and the new 99 Restaurant in Colonie. She's never had a reaction eating out. Each time we go, we mention to the waiter about the allergy, and sometimes the manager comes over for a chat. If we go someplace new, we call ahead to ask about the peanut situation. We have found a few places that have not been safe (one place deep fries pasta stuffed with Snickers bars so everything from the fryer is unsafe) but for the most part nuts seem to be limited to deserts.
Our daycare has been good regarding PA. The school is not nut free, but her classroom is (that is where they eat). There is a sign on her classroom door indicating it's peanut free and they send reminder letter's home to the parents a few times a year. Unlike the rest of the kids, Jenna eats food from home each day. That way we can read the labels to double check there are no 'may contains'. Her teachers also let us know when there is a birthday party coming up so we can bring in an extra treat for her.
Jenna does wear a bracelet (the regular kind, not the sports band). She started wearing it around her second birthday and never takes it off. Thankfully she never put up a fuss about having it on. Don't think she even realizes it's there half of the time.
Welcome to the site!
- Sarah

Posted on: Thu, 02/05/2004 - 2:44am
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Hi Laura,
Well, we have been dealing with this for over 5 years now. My daughter is allergic to peanuts, treenuts, sesame and I also believe kiwi, although she wann't officially tested for it.
As for restaurants in our area, Applebee's is our restaurant of choice. We have also have good luck at Bennigan's, Uno and Smokey Bones. As far as kids places, I feel comfortable with Jeeper's and Chuck E. Cheese. Infact, I was told that the owners daughter has peanut allergy.
We ate at Chili's once and was told that they use alot of peanut products so, I won't take her back there. I felt comfotable with the Wendy's near us because the manager had no problem giving out the ingredient booklet for all their products. I even let her have the Frosties.
She has never had a reaction at a restaurant, thank god. We always wipe down the table and then lay a napkin down so that the food doesn't touch the table. Of course, that gets easier as they get older and can understand more.
As far as Shen schools, I am fairly happy with what they have done. She has a peanut free class room, as well as a peanut free table in the cafeteria. I would say that we have a moderate comfort zone and there are a few other PA parents in the school with a much less strict comfort zone. That sometimes makes it hard for my concerns to be taken seriously.
We first got her a medic alert bracelet when she went to preschool. Our allergist did not feel it was necessary until she was out of our home environment. Right now, she has a regular chain bracelet. I don't know if you have ever seen one but, they are next to impossible to remove. I even struggle with it and she has never even tried.
Who is your allergist and are you happy with him?
Here are a few local products that I feel comfortable with. Hostess products that have the code 087 stamped on them. They are made in a nut free facility. Moonpies which can be found at Walmart. Philly Swirl icecream pops which can be found at Walmart and Hannaford in Clifton Park.
If I think of more things, I will be happy to pass them on.
Denise

Posted on: Thu, 02/05/2004 - 3:51am
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Sarah and Denise,
Thanks so much for your responses. I sincerely appreciate it.
Looks like we all like Applebee's! They have been good with us so far. As far as Chili's goes, they do have a ton of nut items on their menu so I know to stay away from there. I could have sworn that the 99 restaurant had a fried item with a peanut coating (my husband and I went there and thought that we should stay away) but I'm glad to hear that you had luck there.
We bought the Philly Swirl ice cream pops. I also heard that Hannaford and Walmart will start to carry their ice cream sandwiches in March. (I know I must sound like I am obsessed with food but my husband loves to eat out on the weekends and he is an ice cream lover so we always have it in the house!)
By the way, have you had any luck with national brands of ice creams (in a plain flavor like vanilla). If so, which ones?
Thank you so much for everything. I'm glad to hear that you're having luck handling this allergy.
Laura

Posted on: Thu, 02/05/2004 - 3:54am
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Oh, and to answer your question, our doctor is Dr. Osur from Certified Allergy Professionals in Corporate Woods. We've been happy so far. Who are your doctors?

Posted on: Thu, 02/05/2004 - 12:26pm
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Laura,
We see Dr. Flaim at Certified Allergy. I like him very much.
I have let my daughter have hoodsie cups. I also recently started giving her Ben and Jerry's as a treat. I know that there is controversy on this board as to whether or not it is safe. We have decided that they do label for cross contamination and at this point, we'll take what we can get. She doesn't have it very often.
Take care,
Denise

Posted on: Thu, 02/05/2004 - 10:08pm
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Thanks, Denise. I have heard wonderful things about Dr. Flaim.
Thanks again for your help!

Posted on: Fri, 02/06/2004 - 2:27am
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We see Dr Claussen at Certified Allergy.
DD also eats Ben and Jerry's sometimes, but mostly we make our own ice cream. She really has fun helping me make it and I have no worry about it being safe.
- Sarah

Posted on: Fri, 02/06/2004 - 8:02am
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I would never have thought of attempting Ben & Jerry's b/c of the complicated flavors (many of them peanut) that they offer. I absolutely love it and I'm sure my son would too. What flavors do you feel safe with?
Thanks!

Posted on: Fri, 02/06/2004 - 8:13am
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(Butting in although I haven't lived in Albany for over 20 years)
Don't you wish we could take our kids to Toll Gate? I swear, I still have fantasies about their ice cream. Just thinking about the Butter Pecan makes me swoon.
Sorry, but all this ice cream talk was getting to me! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
Amy

Posted on: Sat, 02/07/2004 - 1:26am
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Laura,
Lets see.... She has had Caramel Core, One Sweet Whirled, Chocolate Brownie something, plain vanilla. I give her the ones that are not marked with may cantain or obvious nuts.
I have also made my own. She prefers store bought. Go figure!
Denise

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