hello from England

Posted on: Mon, 11/10/2003 - 7:39am
ali mac's picture
Joined: 11/10/2003 - 09:00

Hi there,

I visit these boards occasionally, was finally drawn to register because I could answer a nut-free dairy-free chocolate question!

My dd is 2 and has a severe egg allergy plus allergies to peanuts and tree nuts, and kiwi fruit of all things. And asthma and eczema. We recently were referred to a dietitian who has suggested a dairy-free elimination diet on top of the rest to see if that improves her eczema. We seem to be slowly running out of food... My ds, who's six, has no allergies whatsoever, but has learned to live a nut-free egg-free life.

I love these boards, and I have to say I'm glad that peanut butter is not such a big part of life in the UK -

Take care

Posted on: Mon, 11/10/2003 - 7:44am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

I hope you enjoy it here.. lots of allergy info that is very helpful and lots of support from others [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 11/10/2003 - 8:09am
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

a new member from the UK !!!!
I have been on this board for years and its so nice to have members from the UK like me!!!
I have a son 7yrs with peanut/bean/egg/ kiwi fruit/dog/cat/tree pollen/dustmite allergies.
look forward to reading your posts!

Posted on: Mon, 11/10/2003 - 10:30am
e-mom's picture
Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

There is a ton of good information on this board. Glad you could join us [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 9:40am
Heather's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

Hi Jasmine. I really feel for you at the moment. My daughter is only in kinder but I know one day (all too soon for my liking) she will head off to school. It is a really hard decision to make and I can fully understand your sleepless nights. People just don't seem to take this problem seriously. Did you manage to find a nut free school? Do they exist in the UK?? I agree with you in terms of support. In Australia there really isn't the support that is needed. Things are getting better but it certainly seems that things are progressing better for folk in the US.

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 11:43am
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

Jasmine, Williamsmummy, also in the UK, is an active poster here. Hopefully she'll see your post and help out!

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 6:16pm
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

Adele , thanks for the e-mail!
Jasmine, I am from the UK and have a 10 yr old boy with quite a few food and environmental allergies.
So we are a few steps ahead of you, we been through pre-school, nursery, and reception, and now in the final year of key stage 2.
Few free to ask me any questions you have on this site or e-mail me.
I have done a bit over the years supporting the Anaphylaxis campaign, and allergyUK.
I am a contact support for allergyUK, and work part time with the campaign.
I have been on this site for quite a few years now, and still find it supportive. Off topic can be fun as well!
Its nice to have a new UK member as there are not too many of us here!

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 10:17pm
jasmine's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

Thanks for your replies [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Yes, we have managed to find a 'nut free' school, but only after having to change her to a new school after only two weeks. Her old school, which we had been preparing her to go to for a year, treated us disgracefully and was very uncooperative concerning her allergy. We were obviously just a nuisance to them. We hadn't anticipated for a second that we would get this response - it was a shock to say the least! First lesson learnt, not everyone wants to help...
Her new school have been great, but obviously a lot depends on the parents response. That's what is so stressful, having to rely on people who don't know much and don't care about avoiding nuts. I'm hoping my stress levels will decrease in time, but I'm struggling at the moment with not having control over her environment. Coping tips anyone!!!

Posted on: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 7:49am
Chicago's picture
Joined: 04/21/2001 - 09:00

Welcome. There are tons of tips you will find here if you set aside some time to read and search.
One thought is something I did with dd when she was your child's age that I thought was helpful, was to show her pictures of things with nuts, the nuts, things that might have nuts (like any baked good)etc... I think that it helped her feel more in control.
There was a recent US study that showed that many allergic children don't even know what they are avoiding (I mean what it looks like) and while different comfort levels have different rules that they teach their kids, I do think their is value in them recognizing potentially dangerous things or even reading the words/labels if they are ready.
Good Luck! Nice to have you here.

Posted on: Wed, 10/11/2006 - 12:25pm
Daisy's picture
Joined: 01/16/2006 - 09:00

Hello and welcome,
I was running a Google search and just hit on a UK website that has some great internet info.
Hope this helps,

Posted on: Wed, 10/11/2006 - 6:34pm
jasmine's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

Thanks Daisy, I'll check this out [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]



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