Do you eat may contains...

Posted on: Mon, 04/17/2006 - 6:29am
momto1son's picture
Joined: 02/27/2006 - 09:00

My DS is 18mo old and I do not eat any PB, Tree nuts or may contains even with not with him. I was wondering if you eat may contains when not with your child? Do you let other people eat may contains around them?

People have eatin may contains around him (bakery bread, bakery cake) and I just make sure he does not eat any. We have not had any problems, am I playing with fire there?

I do not let anyone eat peanuts, nuts or peanut butter around him.

[This message has been edited by momto1son (edited April 17, 2006).]

Posted on: Mon, 04/17/2006 - 11:50am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi, Momto1son,
I've got one, too -- a 5 year old with the PA action goin' on. As for may contains, I can only speak for myself, but here goes. We pretty much never have may contains in the house, just so that he can eat anything that he likes and be safe. (That said, there is a big old Dove chocolate bunny in the house right now, but that won't last long, ha ha.)
Anytime we are with him we refrain from may contains, but if we are out and about without him (at work, mostly), we might eat may contains, usually in restaurants. We do not eat peanut products at all, but do not ask about cross contamination if he's not around (unless we are doing reconaissance for future outings). My husband and I do eat nuts at work -- I always eat them with a fork so that the dust won't end up all over. (And we do major amounts of hand washing and teeth brushing after the fact.)
We don't mind so much if others eat may contains around him if we are out, but if they do eat "the forbidden fruit," we make sure to remind them that "you can't touch him!!"
It may be that we are playing with fire, but it seems to be working for us. For me, at least, I think that you have to look at probabilities. If there is (chance of) a trace of a peanut in an item, what's the mathematical probability that that trace would make it to my son? I understand that probablities might not mean so much -- after all, what's the probability that my son would have a peanut allergy? [img][/img] But I also think that I have to look at the big picture -- ie, remember that, statistically, it's just as important that I try to drive a safe car in a safe manner, etc,
Anyway, just my two cents.

Posted on: Mon, 04/17/2006 - 11:51am
AJSMAMA's picture
Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

I do not eat nuts ever, however, I will occasionally have plain M&M's or baked goods (at a work meeting) when away from my PNA/TNA child.
So..the answer is yes.
Take Care,
Jaime [img][/img]

Posted on: Mon, 04/17/2006 - 12:05pm
TNAmom's picture
Joined: 11/29/2005 - 09:00

I do not eat "may contains" around my daughter. This is not because I fear she will react - I think the chances of that happening is quite remote.
I don't eat them in front of her for the simple reason that she cannot, and I do not want her to feel badly, seeing me eating something tasty that she must avoid. I do it to support her emotionally. At dinner parties as well as at home, I do not eat anything that she cannot have too.
I do eat "may contains" when I am not with her. I do not eat nuts or nut-containing foods unless she is having a sleepover or something and I won't be seeing her until the next day.

Posted on: Tue, 04/18/2006 - 4:53am
MarkiesMom's picture
Joined: 02/23/2006 - 09:00

I just visited my third allergist today and was asking about this...I was concerned that my older daughter, who used to eats loads of nuts before my son's dx -- TNA, could develop a nut allergy after years of also avoiding. He said theortically, yes, and that I should take her out for "nut dates" every month or so. Of couse, no unsafe foods in the home, ever.

Posted on: Tue, 04/18/2006 - 5:04am
TeddyAlly's picture
Joined: 11/29/2005 - 09:00

We too do not allow dd to eat "may contain.." We used to watch her every bit and after she finishes anything that says "processed on equiptment..." I know now that it is not SAFE either so we are not taking chances at all these days so she no longer eats "processed on ..." either.
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 5)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)

Posted on: Tue, 04/18/2006 - 12:35pm
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Anonymous (not verified)

momto1son, welcome! [img][/img]
We have a completely "peanut free" home which means we don't allow "may contains" or "made ins" in our home.
For me, I do not eat peanut products EVER. Just the idea that they could kill my son and the fact that I have hated pb since I was 4 years old, I don't really find it an issue.
Tree nuts, I eat very few and far between, when I am not with my PA son (he is PA only).
With my non-PA daughter, I know I had a lot of difficulty say two or three years ago about my guilt because I knew I was taking her places when her brother was in school that he wouldn't be able to go (like a donut shop). She hasn't eaten peanut products either (except for a bite of a peanut filled chocolate bar I wigged out about and posted about here that she snuck at school). But she has eaten "may contains" - again when she is not around her brother.
I still find it something I struggle with, 8+ years into the journey - not clear why.
Best wishes! [img][/img]
If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk up to heaven and bring you back home with me.

Posted on: Tue, 04/18/2006 - 12:51pm
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Anonymous (not verified)

I eat almost exclusively what my son can eat, with the exception of the and occassional low risk but unapproved snack food (e.g. store brand corn chips) and an occassional restaurant outing without him where I do not eat any nuts or peanuts but also do not ask questions. However, I am also BFing my 1 year old so I don't dare risk it. DH eats store bought ice cream (without peanuts) we keep locked in the freezer and only when the kids are in bed but this makes me very nervous.
Also, I read once on this site that someone felt it was a show of support to their child to make the same 'sacrifices' and I have adopted that mentality. I want ds to know that I can do it too so he doesn't feel he's so alone and doesn't feel like it's an impossible task.

Posted on: Wed, 04/19/2006 - 1:38am
bethc's picture
Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

I've read, on this board and elsewhere, that someone else eating may-contains near a PA person is not a significant risk. I avoid buying things that are may-contain because I don't want the rest of us generally eating things DD doesn't get to, and I don't want a mix-up where she accidentally eats something she shouldn't. But I do buy granola bars for DH to occasionally take to work (not peanut butter ones). And DD doesn't want anything to do with those, so she doesn't care. We do let DS eat may-contain candy he gets from trick-or-treating or school or birthday parties, but we clean him and his spot at the table up carefully afterwards. And I'll eat may-contain things other people serve at their houses, IF I think it won't make DD feel bad that she can't have it. Like I won't eat a plain cake doughnut at church if I'm with her because she'd be sad, but if I'm not with her I would because I don't think it's a real risk that peanuts would be left on me.

Posted on: Wed, 04/19/2006 - 4:11am
turtle's picture
Joined: 12/10/2004 - 09:00

Our house is nut free and no may contains. My husband and I will eat a may contain at work, but I would never eat peanuts or peanut butter, even if I was away from my son.

Posted on: Wed, 04/19/2006 - 4:15am
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Anonymous (not verified)

That reminds me...I read somewhere (although I haven't any idea where) that a 'study showed that a significant percentage of items labeled 'may contains' DO CONTAIN peanuts. Although I think it probably varies from company to company, I think this label is misleading because it implies a low probability of peanuts. My husband would always insist...we just because it says may contain means there's probably a 1/100 chance there's any trace peanut in the entire container but I don't believe this is true. I will do a search and if I can't find a thread on this topic we should start on. Good ammo for setting up 504's and the like.


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