Hi , I’m a mom of a toddler with a deadly peanut allergy and I would love to connect with another mom in my area ( East end of Ottawa) that also has a young child with a deadly peanut allergy. Please feel free to contact me! :)
Infants and toddlers have no control over their environment. How often they get into trouble is directly related to how carefully they are watched and cared for. A strict peanut-free diet and environment can be achieved for this age group more successfully than for any other age group. The ideal situation would be a baby that is exclusively breastfed by a mother who is herself adhering to a peanut-free diet in a household with no peanut products. Daycare would be avoided completely or at least delayed until age 3. Unfortunately, this ideal situation is seldom achieved and is a bit unrealistic. Siblings who are not old enough to understand that peanut butter can be dangerous should not be given peanut products except under supervision, so that accidental contacts with and exposures of the allergic child do not occur. The major mistakes occur when care of the child is given over to people who may not be as knowledgeable about peanut-free diets or who do not care to be. This is where you need to educate others about the seriousness of the allergy and how often peanut products can be "hidden." Any caretaker responsible for the baby needs to be fully trained in handling an emergency situation and in the use of epinephrine.
Peanutallergymom yet I am not affected with this allergy. But I can help you because I know someone connected to me who had this. Once she told me about the symptoms. Some of them are. Tightening in the throat. Skin rashes such as hives or redness. A runny nose she usually gets a tissue in her hand. I will talk to her to give you some help.