Peanuts in the home

Posted on: Sat, 09/12/2015 - 12:04am
aagaardians's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/21/2013 - 22:13

I'm just curious about where those of you with a child with a severe PA stand about peanuts & peanut products in your home... We've completely cleared our home of any peanut products & for several years have kept it that way. My friend's little boy knows what peanuts smell like & I feel like that's empowering him. I want our home to be ultimately safe, but in that same breath, I want to prepare my son for the real world and arm him as much as I can. So, I'm just curious where you all stand...

p.s. I don't miss peanuts a darn but, so this is not about me...

Posted on: Wed, 09/16/2015 - 12:03am
jap's picture
jap
Offline
Joined: 08/11/2013 - 08:33

If candy bars warn you about same factory or equipment would you give it to your child.Same for your kitchen then. We have kept our home peanut free so no accidents or second guessing. If you make peanut butter sandwiches for your other children then they can also pass it on by contact. We really don't notice it or miss it .
Julian

Posted on: Sat, 09/19/2015 - 5:04pm
PeanutAllergy.com's picture
Offline
Joined: 06/21/2013 - 11:03

Question of the Week: Answered!
Every week, PeanutAllergy.com answers one of the questions posted in our community.
Our Answer:
Thank you for reaching out to our community with your concern.
You are certainly not the only one who has wondered this - a hot topic of debate for schools around the world is whether or not they should ban peanuts. It seems to be an ongoing war, and there are many different, valid points made for each side of every parents’ argument. This article discusses some disadvantages as well as advantages to banning peanuts completely from lunchrooms, including many points that also apply to banning peanuts from the home.
Regardless of an allergic person’s age, it is a common question whether their loved ones should avoid peanuts for their safety, or keep eating peanut products for convenience as well as a more realistic environment. This community post has received a lot of attention and many different viewpoints and personal stories can be found in its comments.
Of course, when you make an effort to avoid purchasing and using products containing peanuts, there will be a significantly lower chance of reactions occurring in the room. Still, there are problems with this method because it is difficult to avoid undetected cross contamination, providing sort of a false sense of security in a place that has been deemed “peanut free.” Further, some parents argue that a peanut-free zone does not allow their child to practice managing their allergy in a setting that is similar to the “real world.” This article discusses the pros and cons of banning food allergens from the home.
In case you do choose keep peanuts in your home despite yours or another family members’ food allergy, you should be aware that a constant awareness of one’s allergen could potentially cause food allergy anxiety. This helpful article can help you look for warning signs of this common condition in patients of any age.
Regardless of which option you choose, you should make your child aware that they should never let their guard down. As you will learn inthisarticle, contamination can happen even when you’re at home. In a “peanut-free” environment, outside materials can find their way in and pose an unexpected risk. In fact, this interesting Community Post brings light to the debate over whether a peanut-free home is beneficial or detrimental to your child’s perceptions of safety. If you ensure your child is always anticipating and prepared for an exposure to their allergen, accidental contamination will not be as big of an issue.
The bottom line is that the answer to the “ban or not to ban” question will be different for everyone. Each family must decide what works best for their household. When we asked our Facebook community for their opinion on the matter, they had an array of stories to share about what works for them.
We hope this information is helpful. Take care!

Posted on: Sun, 09/20/2015 - 2:59am
aagaardians's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/21/2013 - 22:13

I originally posted this question -- thank you for taking the time to answer it!!!
I do want to add that we're extremely careful about what we buy, eat & serve. We haven't had peanut products or "may contain" products in our home since we discovered our son's allergy. It's a safe zone for him. But the reason I posted is that we seem to be one of the only families I know with a PA that does this... It's good to see from the community on here where others stand. :)
Thanks again!

Posted on: Sun, 09/20/2015 - 5:32am
Lisab06's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/15/2014 - 11:55

We keep our home peanut free I feel my daughter should not have to worry about her allergy in her own home. It's enough that she had constantly be on guard at school, parties, restaurants. I want to give her at least one safe place where she can relax and be safe.

Posted on: Sun, 09/20/2015 - 5:32am
Lisab06's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/15/2014 - 11:55

We keep our home peanut free I feel my daughter should not have to worry about her allergy in her own home. It's enough that she had constantly be on guard at school, parties, restaurants. I want to give her at least one safe place where she can relax and be safe.

Posted on: Sun, 09/20/2015 - 5:32am
Lisab06's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/15/2014 - 11:55

We keep our home peanut free I feel my daughter should not have to worry about her allergy in her own home. It's enough that she had constantly be on guard at school, parties, restaurants. I want to give her at least one safe place where she can relax and be safe.

Posted on: Sun, 09/20/2015 - 5:32am
Lisab06's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/15/2014 - 11:55

We keep our home peanut free I feel my daughter should not have to worry about her allergy in her own home. It's enough that she had constantly be on guard at school, parties, restaurants. I want to give her at least one safe place where she can relax and be safe.

Posted on: Sun, 09/20/2015 - 5:32am
Lisab06's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/15/2014 - 11:55

We keep our home peanut free I feel my daughter should not have to worry about her allergy in her own home. It's enough that she had constantly be on guard at school, parties, restaurants. I want to give her at least one safe place where she can relax and be safe.

Posted on: Fri, 10/09/2015 - 8:32am
anonymous's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

test

Posted on: Fri, 10/09/2015 - 8:36am
anonymous's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

test

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

Click on one of the categories below to see all topics and discussions.

Latest Discussions

Peanut Free Store

More Articles

People with peanut allergy are advised to wear a peanut allergy bracelet or a medical ID bracelet that indicates the allergy so that if they...

Unless we consciously carve out time for self-care, constant food allergy management can slowly erode our sense of well-being. Signs of allergy-...

When love is in the air we can get caught up in the moment and throw caution to the wind. However, if you have a...

There is no definitive treatment for a peanut allergy. Because every case different, reactions will...

Tree nuts and peanuts are distinctly different. An allergy to one does not guarantee an allergy to the other. Peanuts are considered legumes and...

Many doctors treat allergies, including pediatricians and general practice doctors. When allergies are severe, primary care physicians often refer...

Are you tired of serving fresh-cut fruits and veggies as a healthy snack? Sure, there's nothing wrong with these options, but they can get boring...

For those living with peanut allergies, having a source of ready-to-eat 'safe' foods can be a...

Are you craving cake? Perhaps there's an upcoming birthday...

Asthma is a condition that is considered to be chronic and long term. Asthma disrupts the airways located in the lungs. Asthma often causes these...

Peanut oil is an inexpensive, healthful and inoffensive way to cook—unless you have a peanut allergy!

Light peanut oil is popular as a...

Are you looking for peanut-free candies as a special treat for a child with...

People with peanut allergy should know about foods to avoid, as many who are allergic to peanuts are allergic to other nuts like walnuts, cashews...

If you or your child has a peanut allergy, that unmistakable smell of peanuts wafting through the air...

Whether you have a child with a peanut allergy or you are sensitive to packing a nut-free lunch out of concern for other people’s children, it is...

Those with severe peanut allergies soon learn to look for the 'peanut-free sign' on any packaged food purchase. This is a notation found on a wide...

For many people with peanut allergies, baked goods present one of the most significant risks. Even if...

Are you craving sweets? Those with peanut allergies must be especially careful when indulging their...

Peanuts and Nuts Can Trigger An Asthma Attack

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI), more than 3...

There are more "peanut-free" products than ever on the supermarket shelves. This means more choices than ever for peanut-allergic shoppers and...