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    Default Peanut Allergy

    Hi,

    My DD age 5, is allergic to peanuts and a few other nuts. Her recent test levels were extremely high and we require a epipen at all times.

    I have also been advised not to feed her foods which state "may contain peanuts" previous to this test she was allowed these foods.

    I now know that a lot of the foods my DD use to eat are 'may contain', is there anyone in this same situation that can give me more information or would like to take action on these food companies labelling there foods with 'may contain' only to save themselves.

    thank you I hope someone out there can help me.

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    I don't have a nut allergy child but I'm just wondering how/why you'd take action on a company for cautioning consumers that their product may contain nuts??
    Many of them use processing machinery etc that other products are processed with hence they may contain traces of nuts etc. the warning is to protect them being sued and to protect consumers that have nut allergies.

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    When should you check for a nut allergy? 6months when they start solids or should I be checking my dd before?

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    I now know that a lot of the foods my DD use to eat are 'may contain', is there anyone in this same situation that can give me more information or would like to take action on these food companies labelling there foods with 'may contain' only to save themselves.
    I am confused as to why you want to take action - their equipment is used to process all kinds of foods so they are taking responsibily and letting consumers know that there may be a danger to your child/family member etc I think


    We have lots of experienced members in this area, hopefully someone will be along shortly who may have a clearer understanding than me

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    Apparently it is only optional that companies state "may contain traces". So be careful in what you avoid because a product may have no warning but still contain traces of peanuts.

    There are a few great australian anaphylaxis Facebook groups with loads of info, lots of support and produce knowledge that you should join. Lots of people tend to contact companies directly to find out how their products are produced.

    My son is allergic to peanuts. We give him 'may contain traces' products. I'm always monitoring him for signs of reactions, especially with new foods or more high risk foods.

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    Hi OP - I don't have a child who is allergic to nuts but i understand it must be so difficult to find suitable foods (especially when you have to avoid foods with even traces of nuts!)! I remember shopping to find nut free foods for a party and only then did I realise that SO many food items contain at least traces of nuts! I did wonder at the time how many of them ACTUALLY did or if it was just a "cover your ***" kind of label - without the company actually finding out for sure, so I can see where you are coming from. Hope you are able to get some good advice on here - I understand nut allergies is becoming more and more common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wally90 View Post
    When should you check for a nut allergy? 6months when they start solids or should I be checking my dd before?
    My DS was about 10 months when he picked up his older sisters cracker with peanut butter. He initially only had a reaction resulting in hives. Over the next year he had a few more hive reactions resulting from us kissing him after eating pb or him stealing toast with pb.

    I'd avoid nuts till at least age 1 and then let him try a little whilst watching for a reaction.

    We ended up getting a blood test after his lips swelled after tasting a tiny bit of satay sauce. From there he was referred to an allergist for skin prick testing.

    I initially thought he may have an intolerance to peanuts after the hives. But unfortunately he is anaphylactic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wally90 View Post
    When should you check for a nut allergy? 6months when they start solids or should I be checking my dd before?
    No not before 6 months. The current recommendation, allergy wise, is to *not delay* any foods except honey (for botulism risk, not allergies) unless there is a family history of food allergies, in which case, see a paed or GP for advice on the how/when.

    Info: http://www.allergy.org.au/images/sto...dvice_2010.pdf


 

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