Does anyone have any experience with a peanut allergy

Jessica - posted on 01/06/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone. Well we just found out that our 3 yr. old son has a allergy to peanuts and I'm just looking for a little bit of advise. Also looking for some good tips on how to keep my boy safe when it comes to foods. Any information would be appreciated.

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Sandra - posted on 04/08/2013

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hey i have a daughter who is allergic to peanuts as well and it is always scary when giving her snacks or food that i did not make myself. you never know where it is made and there can be nuts in the vicinity. i found this great place that is run by two moms that makes snack, cookie brownies ect in a no nut environment you should check it out plus they actually taste really good. this is the website if you want to check it out. www.nonutnation.com

Sherrie - posted on 01/08/2009

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Hi my son Andrew is alergic to RAW peanuts, he can eat Peanut Butter tho. I believe they told me it was the natural oils with the shelled ones.

Lisa - posted on 01/08/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

Does anyone have any experience with a peanut allergy

Hi everyone. Well we just found out that our 3 yr. old son has a allergy to peanuts and I'm just looking for a little bit of advise. Also looking for some good tips on how to keep my boy safe when it comes to foods. Any information would be appreciated.



I do, my middle daughter has a peanut allergy too. I know its scary at first but if you have a good consultant and GP who are both human( no disrespect to anyone intended) then it will become a daily part of your life.... Honest! Ask any questions you may have as many times as you need to. Make others aware of the situation asap and explain it to your son so he learns to accept it quickly.



my daughter was diagnosed at round about the same age, i know how scary and apprehensive you may be feeling. She understands and is aware of it  and at the age of nearly 10yrs old is capable of telling others who may not .



I am not in the medical profession yet but i was given excellent advise by the health professsions i spoke to.



 Wish you and son the best of luck! 

Jessica - posted on 01/08/2009

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Hi Everyone I just wanted to say thank you for all your help and advise. It will come to be very useful I believe in the future. Thanks again and although it stinks that your kids have allergies I'm glad I'm not alone.

Angelique - posted on 01/07/2009

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My son also has a peanut allergy.  It is so severe that they could not measure it.  He is also allergic to milk , eggs, and red dye.  Check every label on everything, not just food.  Make sure it is not made in a factory that processes anything peanut.  You can often substitute peanut butter for soy butter or sunflower seed butter.  Also depending on his severity you may have to make sure that everyone washes their hands and brush teeth after they eat peanut butter.  If they have peanut residue on them and they touch or kiss your son it could cause a reaction.   Make sure no residue is left on tables or counters too.  Definitely check out .  Carry your Epi-pen and some Benadryl everywhere!  It can happen at anytime.  Also make sure you replace the Epi-pens when they expire.  Use the expired ones on an orange to keep yourself familiar with it.

Lisa - posted on 01/07/2009

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Back when I was in Elementary school another student died from a peanut allergy after eating the school lunch, so beware of the school lunches too!!

Maryellen - posted on 01/07/2009

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My oldest is 6 and when he was 15 months old we found out the hard way that he had a severe peanut allergy, he's a 5+ so we have to be super careful about what he is exposed to...we always make sure that where ever he goes, his epipens go...when he was in daycare his school made the whole building peanut free, not only in the kitchen but parents were not allowed to bring in outside foods, this gave me comfort, but he started kindergarten this year and they serve pbj in the cafeteria, so scary for me, so I spoke with his teacher, the nurse and the principal to make sure that his exposure was limited...when it comes to bday parties, I always pack his own snacks, especially cupcakes so that when everyone else is eating cake, he doesnt feel left out...we read every lable, we inform everyone and we educate him on his allergy so that he can protect himself...good luck :o)

Jessica - posted on 01/07/2009

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Hi Kristen thank you so much for the advise. You had some great tips and points. I believe his is not severe because he has a brother who is 4 that eats peanut butter sandwiches and crackers and all that but does not bother him if he gets it on his hands or anything like that but the two very small amounts of peanut butter that he had once he vomited and once he got a tingly mouth and tongue so I think that he isn't very severe and the report actually said he was low but I don't want him to get worse with each exposure. All the advise that you gave me was great and I was wondering about kids that have a peanut allergy if it's not severe if they can still eat things that are manufactured near peanuts without having a reaction and you answered that question but I will say that he has asthma so i'm not sure if even these things that don't contain peanuts but are made around them are tipping off his wheezing. I will probably end up seeing an allergist to see what they think as well but until then I just want to talk with some parents that have the same experience. So thank you.

Diana - posted on 01/07/2009

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You have to protect your child both inside your home and outside the home when it comes to peanut allgeries.  Most schools have a no peanut policy.  However, sometimes kids do bring in snacks that may contain nuts.  The teachers cannot  monitor all the children's food they bring in all the time.  It is important once your child gets to school age, that you educate them on their peanuts allergy.  Explain that they would get really sick if they had anything with peanuts.  Also, let your child know that they shouldn't share other children's food with them.  Sometimes in school, they may trade snacks or share.  This is fine if there are no allergies involved.  But you never know what went into those homemade cookies.  



As well, once they get older when they go play at their friend's houses, make sure the parents are informed of your child's allergies.  This way, if they are going to serve or offer snacks - they can pick something safe for your child to snack on.



 



 

Pamela - posted on 01/07/2009

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To follow up with what Kristin mentioned, it is very important to make sure that no peanut oils are in the lotions and soaps that you use.



There is also a website that might be helpful: http://www.peanutallergykid.com. Here is an article specifically on peanut oil in products: http://www.peanutallergykid.com/2008/08/...

The first thing it says is this:

Did you know that you could be putting peanut oil on your child everyday and not even know it? I know this sounds crazy but it's true. The current laws only require manufacturers to put an allergen label on food. That means that the lotions and sunscreens could have a peanut product in it and you wouldn't even know it.



I sell products with a company called Arbonne International. All of the baby care products do not contain peanut oils. The products are very concentrated, so a little goes a long ways. You can check it out by looking at shop on line section of my website -- pamelapotts.myarbonne.com. If you have any specific questions about it, please let me know.



God bless!

Heather - posted on 01/06/2009

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My son also has a peanut allergy...I am thankful that it has never been severe...however when he does come in contact with peanuts or peanut products his asthma and ezcema flare up pretty bad. I have to read labels on everything and alert everyone that he stays with that he has this allergy. I also keep liquid benadryl with us at all times just in case. Good luck with your son.

User - posted on 01/06/2009

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How severe is the allergy? Start by Checking the policies on you day care or your play school etc. for Peanut free snacks. I would also go to a pediatrician. Read your labels, Although companies are getting better. And I let all the parents know for Bithday's etc. Plus I remind them. And if they are having something that may contain peanuts then I pack something special for them instead. Its not easy. with my 6 yr old. but a three it wasn't too bad. I just had to teach her not to eat anything without askinf first.

Kristen - posted on 01/06/2009

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My daughter has a peanut allergy, but we have found that we don't have to worry about things that are "processed on machines that also process nuts". but she definitely cannot actually eat peanuts, PB, or even pecans. We have not tried other nuts since she has shown allergy to tree nuts *and* ground nuts (or whatever you call peanuts). I keep a bottle of benadryl in my purse just in case, but the last time she accidentally got a piece of candy that had peanuts, I took her to the ER anyway. I asked then if we needed an epi-pen junior and was told no, but I've heard from other mom's of kids with allergies that it is a must to have an epi-pen for kids on hand, just in case.



 



Another thing I have learned is not to be afraid to tell people about her allergy, or to make it clear that if we are in a group setting, no one should be feeding her or giving her food. She's 4 now, so she's really good at telling people she can't have nuts. We have "trained" her not to eat any candy or cookies before asking us to check it, so if someone gives her a treat bag or piece of candy, she 9 times out of 10 checks with us first. (the 1 out of 10 was the ER visit I mentioned). I have had to tell some people over and over and OVER that she's allergic...i guess they don't believe me or think I'm exaggerating. But I have made myself be pretty adamant about it, to protect her. I have a friend who pulls out her epi-pen at family and church functions and announces "unless you'd like to see me stab my child in the thigh with this, DO NOT GIVE HIM FOOD. Thank you : ) " LOL I've never done it quite like that, but I make sure people overhear me tell my daughter not to eat anything she's not sure of, or sometimes i'll say "do not eat any of the cookies, they have nuts."



I have also discovered the great use of soy butter in cookies and treats. We love haystacks (chow mein noodles with butterscotch and peanut butter) and felt bad that she couldn't have them. So i tried some with soy butter and it was perfect (in fact, even a little better.) We are not big soy users because of some things I've read about it being not as healthy as we are told, and my son also has a soy sensitivity. But for special recipes, we use soy butter. This way she can also enjoy crackers and sandwiches with soy butter.



 



One more thing I've learned is to watch out for ingredients in lotions, soaps, shower gels. Many of them contain almond oils and I even ran across one that actually contained peanut oil!! I am wary of shea butter too, since it is technically a tree nut, and with her pecan reaction, I just don't want to take a chance. It's not very likely that a small amount of any of those products would make her break out since her allergy is moderate, but I don't want to take a chance.



Do you know if your son's allergy is so severe that he cannot even be in the same room where PB is served, or cannot touch a plate that has had PB on it, even if it's been wiped clean? Some allergies are that severe, and some are as mild as just making their mouth itch. I've heard that some kids out grow it by being given tiny amounts of PB to build up a tolerance, but I've also heard that allergies can get drastically worse from one exposure to the next, and I don't want to take that chance.



Oh, recently found out that Chic Fil A cooks their chicken in peanut oil. My daughter has never had a reaction to it, but it's good to know just in case your son has a severe allergy.



Sorry so rambly and long-winded : ) Hope something I shared can help ; )

Paulette - posted on 01/06/2009

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HI Jessica,



I found out that I have other allergies than peanuts but I would like to share the site to check out. www.foodallergy.org. It is not easy to make a big change with diets but necessary. We have to watch out for at least 7 in the high range and over 12 in the moderate to slight range plus try to incorporate a rotation diet.  I understand that a peanut allergy can be very serious so I hope this site is a help. At least as young as your son is he will not miss peanuts like he would have if he'd been older. Take care.

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