What ways do your non-p achildren keep your PA child safe.

Posted on: Wed, 05/12/2004 - 10:55am
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If my youngest non-pa child eats peanut butter he sits at the table with his little hands clinched with a fist so that he does not touch anything else until he gets washed up.

He always speaks up to others (mostly adults) when they try to give my pa son food. He always asks if it has peanuts and anounces my brother is allergic to peanuts don't you know.

Just wondering how your non pa children protect the allergic child.

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Posted on: Wed, 05/12/2004 - 11:25am
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Hi:
My two children are so protective of their brother! DD is 3 and DS is 7 , DS with allergy is 5. They all stick together and speak up so everyone is aware that DS is PA. Another rule we have is , if someone offers something that is unsafe for DS, that means the other 2 can not have it either. That was DS stays safe and does not feel leftout.
I am surprised to hear that you feed your non PA child peanut butter. Are you not worried about your other one getting a reaction? I know DS got sick after my mom kissed him after having eaten peanut butter hours before she saw DS.
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Posted on: Wed, 05/12/2004 - 12:09pm
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I have an older son who also eats peanut butter, so It really doesn't bother me that they eat peanut butter.
My pa-ds who is also my middle child is fine with his brothers eating peanut butter as long as they wash their hands immediately after eating.
I feel that I have a much wider comfort zone then most. It may be because my pa son has never eaten a peanut product and although he has broken out in hives (less than 5 times) and has only vomited twice that I am aware of.
I do not purchase any may contain items for our home except Ice cream. (not labeled with pa) in that way I am cautious.
I think after I found this site that my comfort level tightened up quite a bit, but now I am more relaxed with his pa.
Hope this helps explain.
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Posted on: Wed, 05/12/2004 - 2:58pm
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My oldest son is very protective of his little brother. He will even ask me...Mom did you read the label........lol
He always ask before he gives his brother anything and is quick to jump in when someone offers his brother something. When they have parties at school and get candy bags or anything with food in it. He tells me mom I checked it and it has peanuts in it and he throws it away. He never complains about not getting to eat the candy. He has even started to read labels and ask me to read them for him also bc the words r too big.....lol He will tell people "dont feed my brother he has food allergies". I think its great to see him protect him like that. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 05/12/2004 - 3:02pm
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Even PA DS acts like he is reading the label. He will pick something up and say "I have to read it first"....lol and he stands there holding it like he is reading it...lol Takes 2 hours to grocery shop [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] But I figure hey its good training for later on. At least he will always read labels.

Posted on: Wed, 05/12/2004 - 8:18pm
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We have absolutly No nut products in our home and my other 2 children have grown up just knowing that Chris could die from so much as one peanut. they are awesome and treat chris with very much respect regaurding this.
When we shop and I read ingredients they know to be still and not say a word because it is so important not to make a mistake and buy a bad product.
They tell anyone they know about the allergy which helps in educating people.
We have never given either child a nut product here at home because there is no need to scare Chris or to have a mistake happen.
We have all seen Chris having a reaction and the kids know that it is a very frightening thing to go through.
I have a very tough comfort zone and always have. I just could not stand to go through the scare of watching Chris turn blue and almost die because of a stupid mistake.
My other 2 kids are actually mad when people don't understand. I have had people I babysit accidentally forget and show up with PB sandwiches. I just tell them they have to take the sandwhiches home or throw them outside in my garbage. If they can not respect my son then i will not respect them.
So to answer the question my other two keep him safe by not eating pb in my home and by promoting the allergy severity to others.
Claire

Posted on: Thu, 05/13/2004 - 12:25am
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My daughter who is 5 always surprises me when keeping her little brother safe. She USED to eat PB and LOVED it but once we discovered her brothers allergies we no longer have PB in the house or eat it. I do from time to time let her have a special cookie or dessert when we are away from home or away from her brother. She also never complains when asking for a treat and I tell her that it isn't safe. She walks w/ her brother in teh grocery store and points out dangerous items to him. I've heard her say to him several times, "Now, don't you eat this it is dangerous for you" "You must ask Mommy before eating this". Children are amazing and I tend to think they are more tolerant of other children w/ food allergies than most adults I've met.

Posted on: Thu, 05/13/2004 - 9:17am
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My oldest son is 12 and is not PA. My youngest two kids, DD (10) and DS (8) are both severely allergic to Peanuts. My oldest has always been very protective of the younger two. That is such a Godsend. He still has peanut products but not at home and he knows all the rules such as washing his hands and face (including lips) and he would not kiss them...because at 12..that is all yucky.

Posted on: Fri, 05/14/2004 - 12:59am
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My non-PA older child is almost 9 now and she has known that peanuts could kill her little brother since SHE was 4. She is VERY vocal about his allergy, and doesn't even accept snacks at other people's houses unless they are peanut-safe, because she knows she can come home and contaminate our house. She is as educated and vocal as the rest of us, and we "trained" her that way because her brother was a late-talker, and we used to ask her to help us protect him by speaking for him in situations if we weren't there. She's a pretty mature little kid, and we've never asked her to do more than she was capable of, mind you.
This question reminded me of what DS's kindergarten teacher did with her class when he was in her room. She told all the other kids that she was making them Honorary Peanut Police, and that it was THEIR job to keep my DS, their classmate, safe. She told them that sometimes their parents may forget about the peanut-ban at school, and so THEY would have to be the Police with their own food. I will always be grateful to that teacher, because it set DS with a group of peers that are SO protective of him now! They are very vocal and adamant about not having peanut products around him. It's pretty cool. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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