Posted by E. McKenna
on October 12, 1999 at 09:25:42:
In Reply to: Nut Allergy posted by Ans Aspden on June 29, 1999 at 16:36:41:
: I found out in January that my 3 year old daughter has a nut allergy. Obviously, as a concerned parent, I'm wondering whether this is genetic (there are no nut allergy sufferers on my husbands side and, being adopted, I unfortunately don't know my family history).
: I also want to learn as much information about medical issues concerning this matter.
: There is an item of jewellery worn by people with rare blood groups in case of an accident, is there such a thing for children/adults with nut allergies?
: I would truly appreciate any guidance that someone may be able to offer me.
: Thank you
: Ans Aspden
: I myself have suffered from a severe nut allergy since birth and can appreciate how worried you
must be. Although I have never heard of an "allergy bracelet" to alert strangers in the case of
an emergency (which incidentally is a very good idea), it is important that your daughter carry an
EpiPen or adrenaline pen with her at all times. I find that to keep it safe from harm in my bag,
it fits neatly into a tupperware container and easily draws attention in the case of an emergeny
(which in my case, saved my life 6 months ago). Incidentally, I do not believe that nut allergies
are genetic as no such condition exists within my maternal or paternal family. Obviously, alert
as many people/friends/relatives as possible, and there is no reason why there should be a problem -
children like myself and your daughter are amazingly well equipped to deal with this situation.