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    Default Food allergy question - "traces of"

    Just after a bit of advice... My DS is 2yo has diagnosed egg, nut, dust, shellfish and berries.

    The allergy specialist has said that DS can have foods containing traces of, he can also have cakes as long as no more than 2 eggs. This is to build up the tolerance.

    He does have an anaphylaxis plan & epi pen (thankfully never had to use). His main reaction is hives & rash. Zyrtec normally does the trick.

    DS goes to child care and will not give him any foods which contains traces of until they receive a signed letter for specialist (who's is in the city and costs me $400 per visit is the only reason I haven't gotten the letter yet).

    There was a situation at child care the other when I was picking up. It was late afternoon snack which was milk arrowroot biscuits, my DS was give a plain rice cracker which he didn't want, the staff asked if he could have "traces of" I said he could,they still wouldn't give him a biscuit ok fair enough.

    So I was going to have a conversation with them as my understanding of "traces of" is that there is a slight chance of the allergen to be in the product as it is made in a factory or with the same machinery as the product with the allergen.

    so do I have a right to ask child care what is the difference with the biscuit to the kitchen at the centre? So for example day 1 they have quiche - egg based so DS cannot have then day 2 they have lasagne made in the same pan as day 1? So would that not have traces of the allergen.

    TIA and sorry for long winded post

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    You wouldn't know what experience child care has had in the past, they sound like they are being super cautious but maybe they have had an extremely ana kid through the centre. As far as I was aware though, most centres take the parents word for it as long as there are details recorded on the ana plan which they display in the centre.

    Can you talk to them again and explain that traces of is OK? If they insist, call the allergists office, explain that the centre want it in writing and see if the receptionist will organise it without you needing to make an appt. Just say that what's written on the ana plan is not enough for the and could you have a new one starting that traces of is OK.

    Traces of to me means 'manufactured on the same equipment as' or in the same plant. So yes the equipment is cleaned overnight and in the morning the least-allergenic foods are processed first. So it's no different to your quiche-pan scenario.

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    My 9 month old son also has egg yolk and egg white allergies and severe eczema, who attends child care full time. The child care centre has an action plan, letter from specialist etc in regards to his allergies. The staff have asked if he could have food with 'traces of' and I said that's completely fine. I'm hoping he will grow out of it. The staff are really good when it come to dealing with his food allergies and eczema. They will ALWAYS run things past me if in doubt. If your child is anaphylactic then I could understand why they would be hesitant.

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    My daughter is ana to eggs.
    It sounds like they are just being super cautious and I don't blame them.
    Remember just because you haven't had an ana episode yet doesn't mean you wont in the future.
    We avoid anything with 'may contain traces'.

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    There is a child at our centre with egg anaphylaxis. They use completely different pots, pans, spoons etc on days he is there and he has his own set of cutlery. Not sure if it is centre policy or because his allergy is really easily triggered.


 

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