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Posted by Shannon on February 22, 2000 at 23:36:43:

In Reply to: Re: Nut Allergy posted by E. McKenna on October 12, 1999 at 09:25:42:

I have a son who is 4 and is fatally allergic to nuts and peanuts. We received so much wonderful information from the Food Allergy Network. You can get bi-monthly newsletters through them and they tell you the most recent information. You can also find them on the internet. As far as there being any genetic link, there is no one in either of our families that has food allergies. I completely understand how it feels to worry on a day to day basis(and from meal to meal) about the life of your child. I hope you find the information you need.
: : 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.
: Good luck!

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