(Closed) Peanut Allergy

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@octobermom:  I don’t have any helpful questions (haven’t tried high allergy foods yet) but that sounds so terrifying!  Do peanut allergies run in your family?

God, I freaked out this morning when Dirty Delete choked on a puff, I don’t know how you’re still upright.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

How scary!  I’m sure they will run an allergy panel on him to find out the severity/extent of his allergies; make sure they check for all tree nuts so you can establish whether it is just a peanut allergy or all tree nuts.  You’ll want to get a prescription for epi-pens and start keeping those on hand.  If your DS is in daycare, let them know ASAP.  They shouldn’t have peanut products in the school for that very reason, but sometimes the odd product gets brought in from home and the school will need to know.  A friend’s son is so allergic that even touching peanut dust is enough to give him hives, so determining the extent of your son’s allergy will be important going forward.  Also, label reading is in your future; luckily they usually have in bold at the bottom of the ingredients list whether a product contains peanuts, but some don’t bold.  

Good luck tomorrow!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

my fiance is allergic to Peanuts and tree nuts – i have been advised during this pregnancy not to consume nuts as it may increase the liklihood of LO having a nut allergy also.

i know when Fiance was little he had a similar reaction to peanuts as your little one and was given an allergy test. he carries an epi pen aound with him at all times. Luckily is appears as he grew older his allergy has decreased in severity and can control any reaction with antihisthamine tablets. He says he usually gets a metalic taste in his mouth before any further reaction. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I would also ask what to look for on product labels. There are lots of things that are put in foods that don’t necessarily say “PEANUTS” on them. Some oils, spices, proteins etc… might come from a peanut (or tree nut) without saying that specific nut on them.  For example, I’m allergic to milk. And while something says “Dairy Free!” I still need to check the labels to see if the product contains Casin (which is a protein found in milk.)  

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

They shouldn’t have peanut products in the school for that very reason

This really bothers me. We NEVER had this when I was in school, and now schools are banning all of this stuff that kids normally eat. I would have starved had I not been able to bring a pb&j to school.

ETA: My point was that it’s unfair to ban all of these things that most kids love because a few kids can’t eat them. I understand really bad allergies, though–I go into anaphylaxis around smoke. 🙁

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@vorpalette:  Oh, I totally agree.  My “shouldn’t” wasn’t proscriptive, but more in “they generally don’t”. It’s certainly annoying to me that I can’t send my son to school with almond milk (which I would prefer to the soy I have to send instead) because of the anti-nut policy at his pre-school, but especially for the younger kids who can’t verbalize/take responsibility for what they eat, I get it.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@inspiredcreations:  I’ve definitely heard of this policy before, and I think it’s just ridiculous. If your kid has allergies, pack his or her lunch and teach them why and what they can’t eat! But yeah, for the little ones who can’t understand it, I get it. It would be hard to teach stuff like that to kids who are young. :

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@vorpalette:  I completely agree.  I’m a substitute teacher, and every year, we all have to take an online course about allergies, because of a law we have here in Ontario.  It specifically states that the responsibility lies with EVERYONE – that is from the principal to the staff, to the parents teaching their children how to recognize and care for their allergies, to the affected students themselves. 

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