Monday, April 26, 2010

Things you find out...

So, we are slowly getting used to this "new" lifestyle. And after researching MANY brands we are becoming a bit more comfortable with the whole eating "issue".
"May Contain Traces..." is the thing you really need to watch out for. But if something mentions nothing about traces, and doesn't list it in ingredients, still CALL THE COMPANY to confirm. A person posted on our facebook page "Peanut Allergy and Anaphylaxis Awareness" that a family member of his was severely allergic to peanuts, and ate some fruit off a fruit tray purchased at a grocery store. The fruit had NO mention of traces (why would it, if it's fruit, right?)...but when the family member ate it, soon after she was on the floor and by the time help had arrived, it was sadly too late.
Don't let this happen to you or your loved one, lesson learned. Even if it mentions NOTHING, CALL THE COMPANY to confirm.

Some brands we've been really impressed and pleased by are...
Nestle Baby food products (snack types especially). They work with the Anaphylaxis Network to try and ensure safe foods for baby's with such allergies. Impressive!
General Mills - Super helpful and mentioned if there's ever, any chance of cross contamination it WILL indeed mention "May contain traces..."
SunnyBoy Foods (Particularly flour) - Though they don't have nuts in their factory, they aren't considered "Peanut Free"
Quaker - "Peanut Free" is listed on all "Peanut Free Items" such as granola bars.
Breton Crackers - Made in a "Peanut Free Facility"!!
Dare Real Fruit Gummies - Made in a Peanut Free Facility

Many companies out there are "Nut Free" but they don't say it on the packaging for one reason or another. So take the extra few minutes and call to find out.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Facebook page

Well, as I become more educated on Brians allergy and Anaphylaxis i will be able to share more information with you.

In the mean time, my husband and I have created a facebook page called "Peanut Allergy and Anaphylaxis Awareness" PLEASE feel free to join. The more people that join the more the message will get out there.

Why am I so into getting the message out there?

Because before my son developed his allergy...I never understood the severety. many people think that it's a stomach ache, or other similar symptoms. As I go about my day to day life I encounter a lot of other individuals who, like myself, just don't get it.
And I think that's a problem, especially where my son, and others lives are concerned.

Please don't push the limits or think "it's not that serious" or "it's not that bad" because it is.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Recently my husband and I found out that our son, who is just over a year old, has anaphylaxis to peanuts.
It has been such a roller coaster as we've perged all peanut products and anything that had traces from our house completely. Some days are easier than others...I definately feel more comfortable sticking around home than going to others houses or public places even.

I never understood "peanut allergies" completely...until we were put in this position. I didn't get it. But now that my sons life can be harmed with the smallest trace really scares me. And it concerns me when we go places, read the ingredients and see "traces of peanuts" or "peanut butter" and so on.

I understand that it is our job as parents to watch all food that enters our children's mouths at this age, but what scares me most is if someone else gives him food, or other children when I'm not around.
I love my friends and family dearly, but I ALWAYS read labels, even if they say there are no traces or peanuts. One can never be too safe, especially when it comes to the life of your child.

We now make the vast majority of our food from scratch (bread, pizza dough and sauces, and so on). That's the only way we can be certain it's nut free.

My dream is that more people will come to understand the seriousness of Anaphylaxis and know that you really can't test or push those boundries. But again, I still could be dreaming...but I have hope.