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June 17th, 2012, 04:50 PM
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Talk to her about her allergy... you would be surprised. Hugo at 14 mos. could wave his finger back and forth and say, "No peanuts! No peanuts!" and could recognize wrappers of nut products. He's just turned 4 and is very aware and articulate about his allergy. Like, someone offered him a candy bar the other day and he said, "No thank you, that was processed in a facility with peanuts and I am allergic to all nuts."

For potlucks- which, in all honesty we try to avoid, but have one a year that we can't- we pack his meal including a safe dessert. We do NOT let him have ANYTHING off the tables unless it is something clearly marked like Lay's chips that he can have, and even with that, we get it for him on a new, clean plate. The hardest thing to resist is the desserts. That is why we bring pre-packaged cookies, candy or a safe cupcake for him.

We talk a lot about his allergy at picnics/potlucks just so people are aware and people do NOT feed him. Luckily, everyone in our circle knows well by now although mistakes are made time to time (godmother brought a cheese ball with nuts for Memorial Day, we did not open the package). You have to watch out like a hawk and most times, people will join you in watching out for the child too. Make sure to spread the word that if someone sees your child trying to eat something, to notify you right away and stop the child so you can check it out first.
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