If you have a child who is anaphylactic to peanuts or tree nuts, then this article is your worst nightmare. Children and adults alike die from accidents like this which is the scariest thing to a person who lives with life-threatening peanut allergies.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Quaker Canada is urging consumers who are allergic to peanuts to check their granola bar packages.
It's because the company received a report that someone had an anaphylactic reaction from eating one of the snacks.
Quaker said in a release Friday that the person who became ill ate a granola bar that potentially came from a mislabelled Quaker Chewy Granola Bars Value Pack.
Quaker said the individual was treated in hospital and is recovering at home.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Quaker Canada said earlier this week that some Quaker Chewy Granola Bars Value Packs may have been mispacked with Quaker Dipps granola bars that contain peanuts.
A voluntary recall was announced Wednesday.
There are concerns that people with peanut allergies could have a life-threatening reaction if they eat one of the bars.
The affected product is the 364 gram Quaker brand Chewy Granola Bars Value Pack containing 14 bars and carries the UPC Bar Code 55577 10742. Consumers with the product should inspect the contents of the carton to ensure it contains the correct product -- Chewy Chocolate Chip and Chewy S'mores bars.
Quaker Canada said it is investigating how the cartons were mislabelled. It is also notifying school boards across the country and working with Anaphylaxis Canada and other health groups to reach Canadians with peanut and tree nut allergies.
For more information, consumers can contact Quaker Canada toll-free at 1-800-267-6287 or visit www.quakeroats.ca.
If the label says "Manufactured in a facility that processes tree nuts and peanuts, then she can't eat it. When she goes to the grocery store she reads every label to make sure it is safe for her to eat. Grocery shopping takes longer than it does for most people because it takes time to read every single label.
Many cases of food allergies and eczema - a skin condition marked by itchy rashes - are unavoidable. But dermatologists say these steps may help reduce your child's risks:
Consider your pregnancy diet. Babies whose mothers eat peanuts are more likely to test positive for peanut allergies, and the same may be true for eggs and egg allergies, according to a recently published article in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. However, previous studies have had conflicting results. Talk to your doctor.
Breastfeed your baby. Here's another plus for nursing: "There is evidence that for at-risk babies, exclusive breast feeding for the first four months reduces the risk of eczema and cow's milk allergy during the first two years of life," says Dr. Stephen Shield of Allergy Partners of Eastern Virginia. "At-risk" refers to a child who has a parent or sibling with allergies.
Ask about a specialized formula. If you don't breastfeed, extensively or partly hydrolyzed formula - mixtures in which protein is broken into smaller parts for easier digestion - may prevent or delay the onset of eczema in at-risk children.
Don't introduce solid foods before age 4 to 6 months. Rice and oat cereals are good first choices because they rarely trigger allergies. Many pediatricians recommend not feeding highly allergenic foods to a child until age 1 (cow's milk and citrus fruits), 2 (eggs and wheat) and 3 (peanuts and fish).
Introduce single foods at a time. Give your child a new food every three to five days. That way, you'll know exactly which one is to blame for any allergic reactions.
Ditch antibacterial soap. Regular soap and water is fine for cleaning - and may be better at preventing allergies as a child's immune system matures.
It's so sad that it starts so young - and most often innocently. My daughter had a friend who would say to
Amanda, "oh that cereal has peanuts", after Amanda had taken her first bite. This is funny to children who are uninformed. The child meant no harm of course; but I do know the jokes or bullying can be worse in middle school.
Amanda's first case of a child trying to intentionally harm her was in 2nd grade. The teacher did not enforce that the children wash their hands after snack. And believe it or not the school is not peanut free which means that other children were allowed to bring unsafe snacks into the class room.
My daughter, Amanda is so severely allergic to peanuts that she can't even have a trace amount or she will go into anaphylactic shock. I could have she would have to go to the emergency room but I didn't because what if you are too far to make to an emergency room? What is you are on a plane or at camp? That's why she has an Epi-Pen. But even that doesn't guarantee she will live. When a child who is allergic to peanuts or tree nuts eats a food that the body considers toxic, the child's throat will start to close and an Epi-Pen will have to be administered within 8 minutes to save the child's life.
Do you have a hard time getting your children to read during the summer? I know I do. We are compiling a list of ways we get our children to read during the summer, so they don't lose some skills while on summer break. Do you have tips that you used to teach your children to read? If you have tips to share or would like to see what others are doing check out the TwitterMoms discussion.
I try to make reading a game in the summer. There are many programs to get kids to read.
1. Visit your local library. My kids love to check out books versus buying books, because it helps save the economy.
2. We do however love Barnes and Noble and if your child reads 8 books they get one free!
3. My daughter is in a book club, and she loves her group so it makes reading that much easier.
4. Pick up and read yourself! Children will see you reading and will be inspired to do the same.
5. Help them choose really good books that they won't want to put down. Ask around if don't know of any. But once my 7 year old heard of the Tree House series, he fell in love with them and had to have them all!
6. Tell your children about the book you are reading and why you did or did not like it.
7. Have a reward system for every so many books they read they will get to choose a prize. Even if it's a small prize children love it!
8. Set aside at least 20 minutes a day in the summer for quiet/reading time - and read your book next to them.
9. Ask your child to think of a subject for a book they would write and then go to the book store and see if something similar is there.
10. Find Mom and Pop bookstores and frequent them regularly!
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How wonderful to wake up this morning to an email informing me that my blog on peanut allergies won an award!
Dear Carla, Congratulations! Your blog about peanut allergies has just won our 2010 Top Food Allergy Blogs award! We had the opportunity to work with this sponsor, as they contacted us, so we took advantage of it! The other award was voting based driven, while the winners chosen for this award were more from your reader's numerous nominations.
Winners for your 2010 Top Food Allergy Blogs award were announced on June 24th, 2010.
Again, Congratulations, and I hope to see your badge soon!
This is the last step - to make sure everything is just right before going off to print. I worked late yesterday with my wonderful illustrator/friend making changes to the front cover and back cover. I also found several minor typos with the word tree-nuts which appears many times throughout the book. I want to be consistent and make sure that the hyphen was between the word tree-nut.
My 10 year old daughter Amanda is severely allergic to peanuts and tree-nuts. I wrote this based on things that we were finding out about her allergy and what she can and cannot eat. The list is long of foods she has to avoid.
I also hope children - and parents - learn that when someone has a food allergy that it is never ok to joke with that person that something they are about to eat has peanuts in it. Anyone who is anaphylactic to peanuts or tree-nuts has the potential to die in a short amount of time after ingesting the food that is contaminated.
So stay tuned so you can find out when my book "Peanuts" is coming out. It's the story of a little girl named Penny who is allergic to peanuts and tree-nuts. Her pet pony is aptly named "Peanuts" and he shares everything he knows about peanut allergies and keeping his friend safe.
This is so scary to me as a mom of a child who is anaphylactic to peanuts. Who knew? I've never put peanut butter in my chili, but some do. You will NEVER find this recipe in my home.
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup water
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)
2 cups tortilla chips (optional)
Place the diced tomatoes, water, garlic, and bay leaves into a saucepan, and bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and season with the cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Cover, and simmer 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, pour in the black beans and kidney beans; return to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the peanut butter until dissolved, then remove and discard the bay leaves, and season the chili with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy with a sprinkle of Cheddar cheese, tortilla chips and smile!
Researchers surveyed 5,300 households in 2008 and found that 1.4 percent of children were thought to have peanut allergies. That's more than three times the rate -- 0.4 percent -- found in a similar survey that was done in 1997.
The percentage of kids with allergies to either peanuts or tree nuts grew to 2.1 percent in 2008 from 0.6 percent in 1997.
Among adults, the level of peanut allergies didn't change: It remained at 1.3 percent.
"Our research shows that more than 3 million Americans report peanut and/or tree nut allergies, representing a significant health burden," Sicherer said. "The data also emphasize the importance of developing better prevention and treatment strategies."
It's not clear why the number of reported allergies is on the rise. One theory suggests that people are developing less immunity to allergens because they're exposed to fewer germs. Another suggests that people are wrongly diagnosed with food allergies that they don't actually have.
The researchers caution that they only called homes with telephones, possibly skewing the results toward the experiences of wealthier households.
The findings appear in the May 12 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
This innocent looking package of candy that Amanda was about to eat said that it is processed in a plant that also manufactures peanuts. I'm so thankful Amanda is diligent enough to read every label before she eats something. It just goes to show the amount candy and foods that are unsafe for a peanut-allergic child.
What is the most important element in life? Confidence, happiness, contentment and love rank high. Courage, successful living, hope. But all of these come from a single source. Confidence is faith in God and yourself. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Happiness and contentment arise from faith that God’s hand is in everything that happens. “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21). Love is faith and trust in another. “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6). Hope is faith for the future. “Put your hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17). Courage is faith that you can win. The Bible’s heroes “through faith conquered kingdoms…shut the mouths of lions…escaped the edge of the sword… (Hebrews 11:33-39).
Successful living is taking action through faith. “This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).
I had a tough decision to make the last couple of weeks. I mulled over whether or not to make a minor change to the tile of my book "Peanuts". I finally gave the go ahead over the weekend and now finally after almost a year of editing and re-editing this book, it is now going to be a reality. I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. I am now awaiting the hard copy in the mail so I can do one last edit. I'm kind of a perfectionist and don't like to put out anything less than perfect, which is why it has taken me so long on this book. It will be well worth the wait.
I can't wait to get that hard copy in my hands!! I remember when I received my first copy of my first children's book called "I Spy a Dragonfly". What a thrill it was! I could barely make it back home with shaking hands to show my kids. I didn't stop smiling for a very long time.
I have my next book idea and am working on it trying to get it just right!
Taking charge of our life takes time - and a lot of faith and courage. Anyone who has been through trials and storms knows what I am talking about. Maybe you are going through a storm right now. A lot of are. And that is the time when we need God the most! Keep the faith and take courage and thank Him everyday and "this too shall pass".
It doesn’t matter what’s happened in your history, it’s time to forget what lies behind. Make the choice today to look forward. Trust that God has a better future in store for you. Trust that He’s working behind the scenes on your behalf. As you forget what lies behind and press forward, you will see the abundant life the Lord has in store for you!
Prayer for Today: Father in heaven, I choose to forget the past today. I don’t want anything to hold me back from the good future You have prepared for me. I choose forgiveness and ask that You help me, by Your Spirit, to press forward in every area of my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Amanda stays away from all the candy that may even contain peanuts. Her safe alternative? Dum Dum lollipops of course! She collected 20 wrappers and sent the wrappers in to recieve this Dum Dum stuffed, uh, lollipop?
I just ordered a chocolate bunny for Amanda. Everything at Divvies is peanut, tree nut, milk and egg free!!!! Such a relief. No worries. This is one chocolate Amanda can enjoy without the worry of cross contamination. And what's really neat is all their treats are really yummy!
You can visit their website: http://www.divvies.com/
I never really thought about it until my daughter turned 10 last November. Or maybe it was her starting to feel really alone with her allergy. I will post more about this later. But now you can read the article below.
There has been so much in the news lately regarding clinical trials to desensitize children to peanuts. You can read more about that here. It is exciting to think about now that I've read more about it. I casually mentioned these clinical trials going on to Amanda earlier in the week. She told me no she wouldn't be interested because she has experienced anaphylactic shock after having accidentally eaten a trace amount of peanuts a couple of times. Her last reaction was when she was 8 and it is something she will never forget. And neither will I, because I was with her. She came very, very close to dying. I'll write more about that in my next post. For now, the point is that Amanda has done a complete turn around and is now interested in doing a clinical trial! Now the challenge is to find one!
Just got back from the store with Amanda. While there a lady was handing out sample of a new cereal/granola bar - not even sure because it didn't matter to me. I never sample anything. Who needs the extra calories? Anyway, I was just curious if would be something Amanda could eat, because we are always on the lookout for a snack that is safe. So I asked the lady if it had peanuts and she gave me the standard answer. No, there are no peanuts, just chocolate chips. That was fine, but it was still something Amanda couldn't eat because on the label in very fine print it said "manufactured on equipment that also processes peanuts". We stay away from everything that has that disclosure.
Amanda had a blood test a couple of weeks ago for an issue involving her enlarged lymph node. I asked at that time if she could also be test for tree nuts because although we've known since she was 2 years old that she is allergic to peanuts, we have not known if she is allergic to tree nuts because we were told to stay away from those also.
The blood test revealed that she is, on a scale from 1 to 5, 5 being the most severe, that she rates a 5. Of course I already knew that in my heart because of how she has reacted with even a trace of peanuts. Full anaphylaxis.
2Generalized pruritus, flushing, urticaria, angioedemaAny of the above, nausea and/or emesis x’s 1Nasal congestion and/or sneezing
3Any of the aboveAny of the above plus repetitive vomitingRhinorrhea, marked congestion,sensation of throat pruritus or tightnessTachycardia (increase >15 beats/min)Change in activity level plus anxiety
4Any of the aboveAny of the above plus diarrheaAny of the above,hoarseness, "barky" cough, difficulty swallowing, dyspnea, wheezing, cyanosisAny of the above,dysrhythmia and/or mild hypotension"Light headedness," feeling of "pending doom"
5Any of the aboveAny of the above, loss of bowel controlAny of the above,respiratory arrestSevere bradycardia and/or hypotension or cardiac arrestLoss of consciousness
All symptoms are not mandatory. The severity score should be based on the organ system most affected, eg, if grade 3 respiratory symptoms are present but only grade 1 GI symptoms, then the anaphylaxis severity score would be "grade 3." Boldface symptoms are absolute indications for the use of epinephrine; use of epinephrine with other symptoms will depend on patient’s history.
I am not interested in putting my daughter through something like that where they would give her small amounts of peanuts over time to help her overcome her severe peanut allergy. I know she wouldn't interested in it either. I have spoken to an adult who is 47 and has lived with a peanut allergy since he was a kid, say he would not be interested in doing that either.
Are you interested in having your child go through the process to get desensitized to peanuts?
Southwest Airlines still serves peanuts, but will advise the boarding agents of (that) flight to suspend the sale of peanuts. Southwest also encourages all passengers with food allergies to book a flight early in the morning due to cleaning schedules.
Delta and Northwest Airlines have not eliminated peanut products, but do offer a buffer zone. The zone requires the passengers of three rows in front and three rows behind to not have any peanut products or be served peanut products during the flight.
American Airlines serves no peanut products in flight, but may serve products with other nut ingredients. Also the snacks they do serve, even though they may be peanut free, be sure to read the label because it could say "may contain traces of peanuts", or "processed on a plant that also processes peanuts".
We pack our own snacks and then we don't have to worry about it.
This is for anyone who may have started reading my blog and saw my last post about Amanda getting a blood test. I know it is a little confusing.
Amanda did not get a blood test to see if she is allergic to peanuts. I have known she is anaphylactic to peanuts since she was 2. She got a blood test because she has an infected and swollen lymph node. I asked the doctor if they could also test for a tree nut allergy at the same time because she has a tremendous fear of needles and it would save her from having another blood test - especially when it can be done at the same time.
The blood test was strictly for the ENT to see what is going out with her white blood cell count. I wanted as a side to find out if Amanda is allergic to tree nuts because it would off she and I some peace of mind. One less thing to avoid.
Amanda has avoided peanuts and all tree nuts since she was first diagnosed at age 2.
It just struck me in the doctors office that there was great confusion with the nurse and what she was being tested for as far as the peanuts/tree nuts go. I had really regretted even asking for them to test for tree nuts because it created so much confusion because the nurse thought a peanut is a nut.
So whatever is going on with Amanda (which i still don't have an answer for) she is still tired, very tired in fact. Friends call to play and she says she is too tired to play. She is also always complaining that she has a headache and doesn't feel well.
One thing that was evident today, even in a doctor's office, is that a peanut allergy is so misunderstand. And most people don't even know the difference between what a peanut is and what a tree nut is. I must admit, I would not be so educated on this subject had I not had a child who almost died from ingesting a minute amount of peanut butter on a tiny piece of bread when she was 23 months. I have had to learn a lot since that day in 2001. But still, if you are professional you would think you would know the difference and then therefore not make the mistake of testing a child for only 1 tree nut. That didn't really help me. I can't assume that because she tested negative to pecans that she won't go into anaphylactic shock by ingesting one of the many other tree nuts like walnuts, cashews, almonds and pistasios.
My book on peanut allergies clearly defines the difference between the two and hopefully it will help to educate people who know nothing of peanut or tree nut allergies.
I called the doctor today to see if the results from Amanda's blood test are in. It got very confusing and here is why. When I took Amanda to see the ENT last Tuesday, he said the lump on her neck is still cause for concern and ordered a blood test. Amanda hearing about having to have a needle put in her arm started to feel very anxious about it. I mentioned to the doctor that her Allergist suggested she get a blood test to determine the severity of her peanut allergy and to see if she is allergic to tree-nuts. The doctor said that they could test for all of this with this one blood test. Yay, kids two birds with one stone.
Amanda, got through the blood test somehow. I don't know how she became so deathly afraid of needles, but she is. My suspicion on this is that when she went into anaphylactic shock at age 7 the doctors had to stick all sorts of needles in her, including the Epi-Pen, just to save her life. It had taken three grown men (all doctors) to hold her down! It was a bad experience for her and now the mere mention of a needle sends her into full blown panic mode.
So after waiting over a week, I called the doctor a little while ago and spoke to the nurse. She started off by telling me that Amanda is allergic to peanuts (duh) and that she is not allergic to pecans. Eager to hear about the results of her white blood cell count related to the swollen lymph node, I asked about the rest of the test and she went on and on about what Amanda is allergic to, which I already knew. Remember, this part of the blood test was just for convenience. I really wanted to know about the other stuff. In a very confusing way she said that Amanda's lymphocytes are high at 51% but that she thought that was no big deal even though the high end is 48%. Then she said they tested her CRP but that she doesn't know what that means! Arggg! I'm not in the medical field and I don't have a clue either. I think she knew she was being vague so she said she'd have the doctor call me tomorrow.
Before we hung up and I wanted to ask her one more question about tree nuts. I said, since Amanda is not allergic to pecans does that mean she is not allergic to any tree nut? And her response was, well she's allergic to peanuts. I know she's allergic to peanuts! What I need to know is if she is allergic to walnuts, cashews and all tree nuts. I guess she doesn't know the difference between a legume and a tree nut and she didn't know enough to put the correct code on the form to test for ALL tree nuts. She put the code to just test Amanda for pecans, which doesn't make sense to me at all. Her solution? To send Amanda back to get another blood test and on this one she'll put to test for all tree nuts. Oh, ok. That will be like trying to dip a cat in water. It is no easy task. I hate mistakes like this and all the while, my main concern is I want to know if the test came back normal for her swollen lymph node. That's really all I wanted to know when I called today because Amanda has lived without eating peanuts AND tree nuts since she was two years old. It wouldn't hurt her wait a little longer. My main concern is what is going on with this lymph node?
I guess I have to wait until tomorrow to find out the results regarding what is making her lymph node swollen. Waiting it the worst!
Lately, something in the shower is causing Amanda to have an allergic reaction. Not anaphylaxis, because she's not ingesting anything. But a rash all over her body. When she gets out she is red and has welts and hives. I have read the labels and none of them say "may contain peanut or tree nut products". If they did contain peanut traces, would that be disclosed on the list of ingredients? Could the Aveda Rosemary Mint be the problem? Or is it the body wash?
That a Peanut Allergy is the most prevalent food allergy in the US, where as many as 1.5 million people suffer from the disease (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology). Peanut Allergy is the most common cause of food related death. (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America).
ALLERGIC reactions to peanuts could one day be as mild as hayfever, say Deakin University researchers who have established that peanut proteins form ''super allergens''.
With his team from the school of life and environmental sciences, Cenk Suphioglu has taken a novel ''whole nut'' approach - looking at the peanut's allergens and its non-allergens to establish how the proteins interact with the body's natural immune system.
''Good proteins can turn bad and play a very devious role,'' he said. ''We're trying to reveal their true identity at a molecular level.''
Peanut allergies affect about 1 per cent of the population and can be deadly.
In a paper to be submitted for publication in the US-based Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Dr Suphioglu outlined the structure of peanut proteins, which were sticky because of their carbohydrate content. This meant they could clump together, probably in the stomach and intestine.
''We have now shown that they form these super allergens, which for the first time explains how they interact with the immune system,'' he said. The body overreacts to the ''super allergens'' by producing more histamines, which brings about the anaphylactic reaction.
''It's a fault in the system, it's a hyper-reaction,'' he said.
The next question for his research team was how to reduce the release of histamine by the body's immune system.
''If we can do this then we can take away the life-threatening element of the peanut allergies and make it more like a pollen reaction,'' he said.
Dr Suphioglu, of Deakin University's Allergy Research Laboratory, said the signs were promising. His research has already identified a novel molecule that reduces the interaction between a major peanut allergen and human antibodies, cutting histamine release and minimising the allergic reaction.
This could lead to the making of a special peanut extract, to be used for safer diagnosis of peanut allergies and treatment.
Dr. Moe had Amanda take a blood test to test her white blood cell count and her liver. I asked if they could also test to see if she is allergic to tree nuts. We have always stayed away from tree nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts etc.). So it will be good to know. I think they can also test the severity of her allergy to peanuts. Her Allergist wanted her to have a blood test last year to test for tree nuts, but Amanda is so afraid of needles, that the mere thought of them drawing blood from her gave her an anxiety attack.
I was able to talk her into it on Tuesday by promising to take her sonic and give her a Valentine's Day present early (was was a huge red and white stuffed dog). She agreed and off we went into the clinic. She was fine until the moment came and her anxiety kicked in and she realized what was happening. It took me and two nurses to hold her down to get that blood! Phew, glad that is over. Now we await the results to see exactly what is causing the lump on her lymph node.
I took Amanda to the doctor on Jan. 25 and he said her lymph node is infected and that it was probably related to her chronic sinus problems. It seems as though she is always stuffy and has to breathe through her mouth most of the time. He prescribed antibiotics and said the infection and swelling should go away. I got her the antibiotics and started her on them right away and didn't think more about it. I went out of town that Thursday and was shocked when I returned Monday and the lump was still noticeably there. I called the doctor first thing Tuesday morning and he was able to see her that afternoon. He prescribed a second round of antibiotics and told me to call an ENT doctor.
The ENT was able to see her on Feb. 9 and he measured the lump on her lymph node at 2 mm. So he ordered a blood test and now we wait on the results. Her follow up appoint. isn't until March 11. I hope I find out the results from the blood test soon.