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Posted on: Sun, 07/09/2000 - 4:28pm
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pThe link [url="http://www.cadvision.com/allergy"]www.cadvision.com/allergy[/url] has already been noted a couple of times above. I have checked it out only partially and so far only to do with PA (my children also have environmental allergies and asthma which they have information on too), but one link I found that I thought was okay was for The Anaphylaxis Network/Anaphylaxis Foundation of Canada at [url="http://www.anaphylaxis.org"]www.anaphylaxis.org[/url] You can actually register your PA child with them and receive e-mail alerts and further information from them. I thought this was another excellent resource tool available to us. But also again, I would like to say that [url="http://www.cadvision.com/allergy"]www.cadvision.com/allergy[/url] is a great starting place (and maybe finishing one - aside from posting on this site) for anyone trying to obtain Canadian information. The organization I have mentioned above was in their "links". I'm not clear if they accept registration of PA people from countries other than Canada, but I'm sure that that is something that could be easily checked if anyone is interested. I know that FAN will accept me as a member and they're American!/p
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Posted on: Sun, 07/09/2000 - 4:54pm
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predtruck, one thing I wanted to ask you, was your decision to place your daughter in private school rather than public anything to do with her PA? Also, if I had a red truck and knew how to drive, I wouldn't be in cottage country!/p
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Posted on: Mon, 07/10/2000 - 7:25am
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pCindy, my daughter started preschool at 2.5yrs at this private school...a whole year before we knew about her allergy. So we put her in there because its a great school, but an additional plus now is the no nut policy. In fact we are in the process of elaborating on this policy and I am on the committee to get the info out to parents in regular newsletters for next year.br /
The school also strongly encourages healthy snacks for snacktime... ie, no chocolates, very limited chips etc, and mostly fruit, veggies, cheese and crackers, yogurts etc. Parents bring these in from home, and thats where our newsletters will help influence what they bring in. I will have to put together a list of safe treats for September./p
pAlso, as mentioned, the fact that they have a hot lunch program with a caterer (whos daughter is also in the school, but not allergic) was a great plus when we found out about their no nut policy in their restaurant. And they serve healthy foods, not french fries and nuggets! Another plus./p
pSo far her JK year went well. Another pa child in the preschool did have a reaction when she went home after school...but we couldn't figure out where from? This would bother me the most, if my daughter has a reaction (which she hasnt had to date), and can't figure out where it originated!/p
pP.S. I do drive a redtruck for work!/p

Posted on: Mon, 07/10/2000 - 8:49am
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predtruck, I know that there is someone else posting that is looking for help compiling a safe snack list to provide to her school. Perhaps you could actually post your safe snack list on this site! Also, I'm wondering if you could tell me what type of information you provide to the school as my mission this summer is to accumulate information to show the principal/teacher at a meeting at the end of August and then they will help decide what information I will be able to present to the School Council and I also hope the Fundraising Committee (they're the worst as far as not being peanut aware, although very $ aware). Anyway, I would be interested in knowing what types of information you do provide. I was going to use the literature I pull off the OMA site. I was also going to go through the PEI education policy on PA which I finally got downloaded to-day to see how it differs from my school boards and also go into Chris' post under schools somewhere that says what PA parents should be able to expect from their schools. At any rate, any info you could provide would be most helpful to me and others. What I've been doing since yesterday, if I post something somewhere else, I just come in here and say "check this out under whatever Discussion it's under" rather than actually posting the whole message twice./p
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Posted on: Mon, 07/10/2000 - 1:12pm
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pCindy as soon as I compile the info, i'll be glad to post it. As i mentioned, they were already a nut free school before we got there and before we knew of my daughter's pa.br /
The parents seem to cooperate well, although there is the occasional treat or b-day treat that may contain traces. Fair enough i suppose, and the teacher checks everything Amanda eats from others (for b-days etc.). We keep a safe treat bag in teachers desk./p
pBut i will have to get crackin' on the safe snacks list for parents very soon. I can post the list here when i'm done.br /
I'll loook on other threads if there is a similar type list./p
pMy dilemma however is whether to be specific or more general. And if i'm specific, at what point am i comfortable? Read labels well and go with that, or call each manufacturer and check if they have Nuts in the facility, or nuts on the same line, or nearby... It can get rediculous and perhaps too extreme. Any suggestions?/p
pAs far as other info to present to your school, not sure if youre trying to convince them to go nut free or help formulate a policy with info. Our summer camp (put on by the City of Vaughan) put out a nice one pager of info on why no nuts or nut byproducts are allowed...i think i'll copy it and use it at our school./p

Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2000 - 2:02am
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pThis is becoming you're own little thread, Cindy and Redtruck, perhaps you could email each other and only put the important things on this link. Thanks/p

Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2000 - 3:07am
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pI just wanted to add a brief message to this thread and maybe keep it going. I have a PA daughter who is 5. She just completed her first year of school in York Region (Newmarket ON) Our school try's to be Peanut Friendly. No guarantee. But the danger is everywhere so we are trying to teach her that she must be careful, never share snacks and always ask to have the label checked./p
p I also wanted to ask about allergy testing. We recently found out that the clinic where my daughter was tested is not run by an Allergist but by a GP with an interest in allergies. Has anyone else had this happen? Have you since seen an allergist? Was the testing any different?/p

Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2000 - 3:21am
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predtruck, with the labeling we have "up here", I go by whether the label says "may contain". I do not call manufacturers to check to see if a product has been manufactured in the same plant as a peanut product. I consider this extreme despite my son's severe allergy. However, this all has to do with "comfort zones". Are there other PA children involved that would be affected by your Safe Snacks lists? Perhaps you could speak with the other PA parents and see how they deal with it and somehow incorporate everyone's philosophy into it. I just know that if you called every manufacturer to see if peanuts were in the plant, our children wouldn't be able to eat anything! Christie's, who I really like as a manufacturer and feel quite safe with do run peanut lines in their facility in south Toronto but with our labeling so clear, I'm quite comfortable buying Triscuits, almost all of the Oreos, almost all of the Chips Ahoy and almost all of The Ritz. Morgansmom, I know you're only joking. If you actually read the posts between redtruck and I, you can see that they contain Canadian pertinent information. MeganC, I have not had my son allergy tested. I simply haven't had to with regard to PA. However, PeanutKate has posted somewhere on this site, a list of good allergists in Ontario. If you can find that post it may be of some assistance to you. I know that I do have to have my daughter (nearly 3) tested before she goes to school, so I'm probably going to have both children tested together for all allergies. The information PeanutKate provided was excellent! It's just a matter of finding it!/p
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Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2000 - 4:33am
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pI tend to agree Cindy on the labelling issue...one can go too far and too exteme and get so wrapped up into it that, like you said, end up banning almost everything on grocery shelves. Eg. someone at the ministry of agriculture told my wife this week about some poor labelling, such as all President's Choice products, who are sqeezed so much by Loblaw's that manufacturers change rapidly and labelling cannot be guaranteed. Comfort zones...yes that sums it up./p
pmorgansmom, i trust you really were just kidding around, so i won't address your comment any further./p
pAllergists are probably the best place to have your child tested. We originally used one in Richmond Hill, but werent too happy with him (not his testing, but his overall "bedside manner" and info he provided), and then we retested with another one that was highly recommended in Toronto. If you need any names, email me./p

Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2000 - 2:51pm
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pPlease see under Schools - new post re Ontario, Canada, Ministry of Education Letter. A sad commentary on the province of Ontario compared to that of P.E.I.!/p
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