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Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2007 - 1:52am
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Peanut comfort zones are different for different people. Many fast food restaurants have online charts to help you assess the risk for allergens.
I know you will research foods in your own time, but I can tell you're a little overwhelmed. Many McDonald's foods are in our family's comfort zone for peanut allergy (not necessarily nutrition)...including cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets.
When eating out at McDonald's or elsewhere, dont eat ice cream, shakes, Blizzards or cookies unless you have researched them and know they are safe. Most are not. The chocolate cookies at McDonald's are a "may contain peanut dust".
If your husband thinks you are overreacting, search for Melissa's posts about the Duke research project...and see that some kids in the study are reacting to 6 - 12 mg of peanut protein. An average single peanut contains 150-300 mg of protein. Let that sink in.
Take a couple of days to soak up information; then stay up to date by checking just the daily posts (there's a small link to the dailies on the main BB page).
It's easy to get overwhelmed and start feeling panicky. Your son doesn't need that, but he will benefit from both you and your husband being very educated and protective. My husband started out on the fence and now does presentations at my son's school at the beginning of the year.
You're right to assess the safety of your school. Like most of the folks here, I do not allow other people to feed my kids. Not their schoolteachers and Sunday School teachers, especially. You can look for my post in Introductions if you want to read about my son's preschool experience.
Take a break from reading when it gets scary. Focus on being a family. After a while, you'll adjust and have a more normal feeling about life again.
This website is a great place to learn...and it's also helpful for keeping your sanity. Here, you're "normal," you can talk about things, and your day to day concerns are well understood and supported.
Take care!
April

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2007 - 9:00am
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Hi Sarah I am sorry that you had to join us. I remember that feeling of being totally overwhelmed. You got alot of great responses here.
that book that was suggested is a great book. After reading that book my dh saw things in a different light. Definilty read it and give it to your husband to read.
Where did you grow uo in NJ? I am in NJ

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2007 - 9:50am
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Quote:Originally posted by cam:
[b] Our allergist said ...that once they react--once the allergy presents itself--it's like a switch has been flipped. [/b]
BINGO! Even in grown-ups!
Take care,
Daisy

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2007 - 12:15pm
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My dad's allergist likens this to the 'drop in the bucket' theory. Once the bucket is full ....

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2007 - 4:47pm
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ah....I grew up in Bergen County - Woodcliff Lake..exit 168! I now live outside of Seattle. I ordered the It Only Takes One Bite and the book linked in the thread. I am feeling a bit better in that I can see that there are lots of safe food options - some companies with good labeling, and DH is working on the school to go nut free. He is more diplomatic than I am. DS stayed home today and will again tomorrow. We are all going shopping for some new food, snacks, bread etc...tomorrow morning - [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] BTW there is a thread about death...I told ds that this could happen...like Nemo's mom and Charlotte (Web) who knows if he gets it...but I did apprecaite the sentiment not to desensitize him.

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2007 - 11:57pm
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I'd also recommend the book "The Parent's Guide to Food allergies" by Marianne S. Barber. It helped me get a handle on the whole picture: reactions, foods and situations to watch out for, lots of aspects. It covers many food allergies, but there's a chapter dedicated to peanut allergies and the author's son has PA, so she knows what she's talking about.

Posted on: Thu, 01/25/2007 - 3:49am
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[Whoops...I posted this and then remembered you're dealing with a preschool, not a public elementary school...at any rate, still might be useful to know.]
Tell your husband that all schools can now purchase Sunbutter as a government commodity, subsidized at a cost that is equivalent to peanut butter. The FDA added it to the commodity list last year. So there are no valid excuses about peanut butter being cheaper! : )
[Some schools use peanut butter sandwiches as the option for students who are behind on paying for their lunches.]
You might want to have him order a small jar from their website, make the Sunbutter Special K bars & take some to the school principle and kitchen nutritionist. They're pretty good!
Good luck! - April
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Posted on: Thu, 01/25/2007 - 5:59am
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you will want to check out the school section on this board on how to deal with you pre school. i am having problem placing my son in pre school for next year. (all ready having issues with the school nurse..) you can get a 504 while you child is in pre school if the school is federally funded look under 104.31 section d and 104.38 it pretty much explaines that they cant deny a 504 to pre schoolers. ... the school section on this site is great . full of info about how to deal with the school.
best of luck to you and keep your head on your shoulders. it gets easier... and you will make alot of friends here. we all know what you are dealing with.
so welcome!!!!!
erin
son allergic to peanuts, dairy, strawberries. blueberries and my mother in laws dog.

Posted on: Thu, 01/25/2007 - 11:37am
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Welcome....I'm kinda new also. I think the hardest thing for me dealing with my ds pa is knowing if he's having a pa reaction or just itchy from something else. He has had to battle skin allergies his whole life. (6 years) We found out about his food allergies at 2 (egg, soy, peanut) Now, he just has peanut) When we first learned of the food allegies, we just worried about his severe ezcema and the itching attacks he would get. It wasn't until this Summer when he had a bite of food with unknown crushed peanuts in it did we realize how severe this was. (He ended up in the ER. stomach, hives, facial swelling) Since then, everyday is about keeping him safe. I take it day by day. When I found this site, I thought it was great to find people dealing with the same issues. I do get overwhelmed at times, and it isn't so much finding safe food it is more about daily life stuff like school parties, going to friends houses, playing with kids outside that are eating peanut/butter stuff. etc.

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