By Heather Legg
A few days ago I was talking with a friend who also has a child with a food allergy (his is peanuts). We were talking about how careful we are with what our child eats and what precautions we take. It seems over the years, for both of us, the precautions have dwindled.
I thought it was interesting that both of us were on the same page with what we do. I mentioned that I do allow mine to eat things labeled may contain traces or made in the same facility. Apparently, they allow that to. Saying, like me, that at first diagnosis, every label was carefully scoured and nothing that mentioned the word nuts was allowed. We both agreed that takes far too m any things out of play, and so many companies list those phrases to be careful. You know, CYA. Worst case scenario, something happens to someone with an allergy, it’s out there that those foods “may contain” an allergy.
I think you know how severe your own child is and what precautions you need to take. I remember at first diagnosis, I called the only woman I knew with a food allergic kid and talked to her at length. She told me all about Epipens, but I was surprised there wasn’t with her child at ALL times. Now i’ve realized there have been many instances when mine doesn’t have hers with her. Is that a bad thing, am I a slack parent? She knows what she can eat and not eat; she’s been around nuts that others are eating with no reaction, she’s handled them in bird food. No reaction. Remember also, she went through NAET.
I do keep one in my purse, one at home and one at school. I’ll send one to camp and I’ll let her teacher next year and her counselor at camp know of her allergy. When she goes to play at someone’s house I always tell the parent. I still help her make food choices and if questionable, she refrains (usually only if there are actual nuts But do I need to hover over her with a bottle of Benadryl and an Epipen, examining every bit of food she puts near her mouth?
I don’t think so, you live and learn, you do what works for your child, your family, yourself. You read and educate yourself, maybe try something out of the box, but bottom line, you do what fits your personal case the best.