Training Tips for PA kids - Please share

Posted on: Tue, 01/23/2001 - 3:20am
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pEvery now and then I try to catch my 4 yr old pa son offguard by offering to make him a peanut butter sandwich for lunch, or asking if he'd like a chocolate bar, etc. All this to try and "train" him to be vigilant about his allergy./p
pDoes anyone have other tips to share in this regard?/p

Posted on: Tue, 01/23/2001 - 4:06am
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arachide - I do the same thing, plus I point out what peanuts look like when we visit the grocery store. I show Cayley what they look like shelled and unshelled, and point out that these items are of the "NOT TO TOUCH" variety.

Posted on: Tue, 01/23/2001 - 4:18am
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I basically have tried to instill in my daughter the need to always ask us, if possible, then her teachers, if the ingredients are okay. If she is doubtful she will not eat it unless reassured by us.

Posted on: Tue, 01/23/2001 - 4:31am
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My son is only 2 and can't speak in sentences yet but we're trying to teach him to say "peanuts, yucky" and "nuts, yucky". I also bought the book Ali The Allergic Elephant to read to him. For parents with children as young as mine, I highly recommend this book. Let's see...I also tell him over and over and over again not to take food from anyone else unless his Mama, Dada or Baba (my mother) say it's ok. He has a Medic Alert bracelet (the tiniest thing you ever saw). If anyone has any more suggestions for training a 2 year old, I'd love to hear them.
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Posted on: Tue, 01/23/2001 - 4:42am
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arachide, I believe MKRuby wrote an article about this entitled something like "Is There Peanuts in That?". This so struck home with me because that is the first thing Jesse learned to say when we went to food functions (i.e., barbeques, etc.). Is there peanuts in it/that?
With much bravery required on my part, I did begin to show him peanuts and other nuts in the grocery store.
On TV, commercials for products that contain peanuts I specifically draw his attention to and tell him that that is a peanut product.
Even if we see litter on the ground and it's a peanut product I'll tell him.
Unfortunately, I have not had the luxury of having only him to deal with when I go grocery shopping, so I am not able to stand in say the chocolate bar aisle and point out every chocolate bar that is safe or unsafe.
But, I do try to point out unsafe ones as I see them.
When he first went to school last year, I did purchase some pins from AAIA which meant No Nuts basically. However, he decided very quickly that he didn't want to wear them. I'm not clear why. He does have his MedicAlert bracelet.
He is very aware of his PA and knows that should he have a reaction he will require the Epi-pen shot etc.
I wouldn't actually say that I've overwhelmed him with information regarding his allergy. I simply point out things when I can that are unsafe and he also knows not to take any food unless I approve it (or, if at school, his teacher has approved it).
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Posted on: Tue, 01/23/2001 - 9:04am
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We have Jesse (5) ask us about anything we give him. It keeps him in the habit of asking about peanuts, and once it made me check something I had forgotten to check. It did have peanuts in it. He knows to tell adults to be very careful, because peanuts can kill him in a few minutes. It doesn't scare him, but it sure makes adults pay attention.
The first word he learned to read was "peanuts". He is starting to examine the labels himself. He has trouble with the tiny print, but he can sometimes spot it himself.

Posted on: Tue, 01/23/2001 - 12:49pm
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dad, that's the other thing my Jesse will do too - he'll remind me to read a label if I haven't. Mommy, you didn't check the label to see if it was safe.
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Posted on: Tue, 01/23/2001 - 11:50pm
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Heather,

Posted on: Tue, 01/23/2001 - 11:53pm
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Heather, where did you purchase your 2 year old's medical bracelet? I have 2 yr. old son and have been looking for a bracelet. I am a stay at home mom and he is with me or family at all times. We might put him in preschool in the Fall. I think he needs one just to remind people what he is allergic to.

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2001 - 12:29am
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I bought it from Medic Alert. Here's the phone number: 1-800-432-5378. This is right from the brochure:
"The fee to join is $35 for a basic stainless steel emblem and includes: Personalized MedicAlert identification
Computerized medical record
Guaranteed confidentiality
Immediate access to 24 hour hotline
Unlimited free updates of your medical records
One custom-engraged emblem
Personal service by a customer satisfaction representative
MediaAlert member publications
Medical professionals on staff
Thereafter, an annual fee of just $15 maintains your membership."
My son's bracelet says "fatal allergy to nuts" but the next one is going to say "fatal allergy to peanuts and tree nuts".
Oh, another tip...measure his wrist with a measuring tape before ordering so you know what size to buy.
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Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2001 - 10:48pm
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Gabriel is 27 months and very verbal.
Whenever anyone offers him food, he quickly says "No nuts, I'm 'lergic" (in the cutest little voice you've ever heard).
If you ask him what to do if someone offers him food, he'll say "Ask mommy and daddy if it's Gabey-safe food."
I know this is far cry from "knowing" not to eat anything without asking, but it's a good step in the right direction.
I also always point out the peanuts, peanutbutter in the grocery store. Gabe always responds with a big "YUCK! That make me sick"
A little funny; we were at a little gym class and his class was playing with the big parachute (the kids love the parachute games). Miss Debbie was pretending and said "okay class, let's pretend to smear some peanut butter on our hands so that we can stick to the parachute and hold on really tight" Gabe gets angry and screams "NOOOOOOOO!" She asked him what was wrong and he whispered "That not Gabey-safe food"
My son is also with either me or my husband all day. I feel pretty good about our progress so far, but I'm sure I'll have a whole new set of worries when he starts pre-school next January.
Jennifer

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