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Posted by Kathie on January 24, 2000 at 15:24:04:

In Reply to: Re: Nut Allergy posted by Julie on January 06, 2000 at 00:09:50:

: : : : 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.
: : : Good luck!

: :
: : Hi, my name is Brenda and I have also had a recent eye opening experience to a nut allergy. My son is 7 and went into anaphylactic shock after eating 1/2 of a Brazil nut. I was terrified and have since been searching for any and all information that I can get my hands on reguarding this condition and any procautions that I can take to prevent this from EVER happening again. I must say that so far you are it. If since your posting you have found anything useful out I would be more thatn thankful if you could take a moment and pass it on to me. I do believe that you can have a medic alert bracelet made with NUT ALLERGY on it. I am currently checking into it and and will re-post as soon as I get a solid answer or ordering information. Brenda

Hi, I feel for you. I am also the parent of a child with a severe nut allergy. The advise given to you is the way to go, we now carry 2 Epi-Pens with us at all times, and have eliminated all traces of any food containing peanuts from our house. You must read all labels carefully as peanuts are often hidden in such names as "hydrolized plant protien", Natural Flafours...etc. Carefull planning for when your child enters the school system is a MUST, contact you child's future school and find out what their policy regarding this allergy is?? As for your question regarding genetics, I am unsure as in our case, there are NO severe allergies in mine or my husbands family. My allergist told me that early exposure to peanuts, either while I was pregnant or nursing may have contributed to my son developing this allergy. A great source of information for us was a web site called, they were very informative and have message boards dealing exclusively with peanut/nut allergies. Good luck to you! Stay safe!

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