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Posted on: Mon, 06/04/2007 - 1:49pm
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My daughter is doing much better today after her first reaction to peanuts yesterday. Of course my goal is for my husband and I to become as educated as possible. My first question of many to come (I'm sure) is do we have to avoid and/or research foods she has eaten up until this point? For example, she eats Teddy Grahams at daycare for snack. She has never had a reaction, but should we expect that she may now react to foods that she previously was able to eat safely?

Thanks!

Posted on: Mon, 06/04/2007 - 3:45pm
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Welcome to the boards! I'm so sorry you had to find your way here but glad you did--this is a great resource.
You raise a couple of questions actually. Short answer? Yes.
The first reason is that one of the foods may have contained peanuts and you weren't aware of it. And you don't know what sensitized her to peanuts--it could have been something that she's "always had" and so you consider safe.
The main reason is this--and this is one that won't go away unfortunately--labels change. Manufacturers change processes. It's important to read every label every time--and the "three times" rule is a sound one IMO.
There are brands we trust the labeling for implicitly (because they are careful about their labeling--like Hershey's). But I've seen their labeling change when something that DS had had (even while PA) became unsafe according to our comfort zone (we don't allow tree nuts or may contains). I know to trust that label change.
We are one of the families here that does go out to eat, but I have a strict line of questions we ask, and if there is a sliver of doubt that it won't be safe for DS, we leave. Hey--I even did this during an interview for DH recently. Oh, it was really hard, consdering the circumstances. They were taking us to lunch, and I just wasn't comfortable with the place. The committee interviewing DH graciously drove to another restaurant (one several committee members had eaten at with us two days earlier) and we ate there. Yikes--it wasn't even my job being considered, and I made the call on that one. But they got to see this in action (which is important for DH's job), and DS was comfortable and safe.
I know I've strayed a bit, but if you continue to feel comfortable eating out, it might help in advance knowing what other people do.
Restaurants that have been safe may no longer be--but that questioning has indicated so--just like label reading.
Good luck--and welcome again!

Posted on: Mon, 06/04/2007 - 10:58pm
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You may also want to check out the book
[i] The Peanut Allergy Answer Book [/i] by Dr. Michael Young. It is fairly short and filled with lots of valuable information.
Good Luck!
[This message has been edited by 2BusyBoys (edited June 05, 2007).]

Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2007 - 12:57am
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welcome...one good thing to go by is this, no label, no eating..even if you have had luck with teddy grahams in the past, and yes, we eat those too. you must read every time you buy a food. even the foods you've had "luck" with. at times, it is easy to get complacent when you've been doing this as long as I have, but it is important to not let that happen. read, read, read, everything your child puts into their sweet mouth! teach them to read it, and what to look for. My son was diagnosed at 10 months, he is now almost 10 y/o. He has known since he could talk about PA. teach, teach,teach, my son is practically an expert on this. and it comforts me to know he is educated enough to help himself too.
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Amy (mom of 2)
Son PA/TNA
Daughter PA/TNA

Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2007 - 12:01pm
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Along these same lines...I'm not the parent of an allergic child, but I've noticed a very good rule that many parents on this board instill in their kids from a very early age...don't accept any food from ANYONE unless Mom or Dad has checked it.
I've just seen too many posts about teachers, friends or extended family members that "thought" they read the label correctly. Then the parent would read the label and the word 'peanut' or 'may contain peanuts' is written right on the label! Uggh! [i]"But I read it; I really thought I did!"[/i]
Even some parents/allergic adults make these mistakes. Someone that doesn't live with this every day just doesn't do it like *we* do.
If you stick with this rule, and don't break it, you will give your child a simple rule to follow until they are old enough to read the labels and judge for themselves.
This is one time it's *safer* to remind a child NOT to trust other adults, even if they insist...[i] a good lesson for stranger safety, too.[/i]
For a current example of this very topic, see below:
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/009651.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/009651.html[/url]
Too much flip-flopping about who can read the label, and who can't, confuses little ones...and grownups (family/friends/etc..)... can't argue with you if you simply say, [i]It's our safety rule - not unless we've read the label ourselves.[/i]"
She can have her very own safe snack box at preschool/daycare, and a "special" snack for parties (something she doesn't get very often at home).
I think McCobbre and someone else here had a good system worked out at their daycare that one of the parents would 'verify' the foods each day. (Perhaps someone can chime in about this. It's all about your comfort zone.)
From my own experience with an apple-intolerant daughter (age 10), I know that she has been given apple products/apple juice several times at her summer camp (in a daycare facility). I have it written on her form in the office, in the classroom, and have verbally instructed her leaders each year that she is not to have apple products or she gets horrible tummyaches.
She doesn't go to camp but for a month each summer, but it happens every year. I do "raise Cain" each time this happens, but if this were an allergy I would be terrified. They are a safe facility where she has visited since she was an infant. She has returned each summer to see her "camp friends" since she was 6. The leaders/teacher all know her, and many of them have been there forever, but when someone new subs she always take advantage of this and slips a little juice, or a slice of apple or a bit of fruit cocktail. [i]Ugghh![/i]
Hope this helps,
Daisy
shellfish, egg, nuts, sulfites
[This message has been edited by Daisy (edited June 05, 2007).]

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