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July 18th, 2010, 11:09 AM
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Hi.... my name is Judi and we recently found out our five year old is allergic to cashews and pistachio nuts. I have two questions that I'm hoping you ladies can help me with.

First.... would you recommend her wearing a Medic Alert Bracelet with her allergies listed? Would you recommend it to be worn at school too?

Also, I've read that mango's are in the same family.... not that she likes them & would eat them..... but has anyone had an issue with them if they are also allergic to cashews & pistachio nuts?

*Amelia was tested for allergies due to her excema and other issues.... this is how we found out. She was given epi-pens for it. My sister recently ate some cashews and came over....kissed her goodbye and played with her a little bit. Shortly after she left.... her eyes became swollen, red and anywhere my sister touched her....she had hives.

I'd really appreciate any help at all.... thank you so much!!
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July 18th, 2010, 11:59 AM
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My boys have bracelets, but won`t wear them. At school, there is an allergy board, & both of their pictures & info is on the board. I also have a tag attached to their backpacks. We live in a small town & know pretty much everyone, so they are all aware as well.

The best thing you can do is educate your daughter. Both of my boys reacted at very young ages, & because DH is allergic as well, we treated them as allergens from the beginning (no nuts for me while pregnant or breastfeeding, no foods with nuts in it, etc). When we`d take the boys grocery shopping, we`d `quiz`them on what they could & couldn`t have, what was `safe`, what they`d do if nuts were on a table, that kind of thing. When we go for ice cream, they ask if the ice cream they want has nuts now, instead of me. They are VERY aware, which makes me feel safe sending them to playdates & school. That`s the key. Educating your daughter, & those who spend time with her, Good luck!
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July 18th, 2010, 06:55 PM
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That's great advice! She can recognize both nuts now....

I was just curious as to whether we should or not. Her teachers were aware as well as the nurse but some people seem to not be very serious about it and that tends to make me worry.

I'll just keep on doing what we're doing.... telling everyone about and being more aware.

Thanks again!
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July 18th, 2010, 07:51 PM
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You might could see if she would wear the bracelet while people are getting to know her..like for the first couple of weeks at school when she has new teachers, etc..or if she is going to be in high-risk situations. My boys don't wear anything like that, but their reactions are not that severe; just eczema.
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July 18th, 2010, 09:56 PM
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My boys just won`t wear them. We tried, but to no avail. They aren`t just for allergies though either, so we tried & tried! I think if they were in daycare, I would have not given them a choice, they would HAVE to wear them. But really, until they started school, they weren`t ever away from me. Playdates were always mom coffee times, birthday parties were `family`affairs, where siblings & parents were invited, etc. I think if I were to spend more time away from them, I`d prefer they wear them. Because their medicines are in their backpacks at school, we find that the luggage tags work really well.

As for people not being as vigilant, ugh to them! My grandma keeps telling me I should just give them stuff with nuts in it to help them outgrow the allergy. She`s even handed my youngest son a PB cookie when he was 15 months old!!! Thankfully my uncle was sitting right there & took it away from him! I just keep saying no & she`s finally stopped bringing it up! When we go to her house now, the boys tell her they can`t have certain things & I laugh to myself now
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July 19th, 2010, 09:57 AM
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yea, that's how my ils used to be too. Thankfully most of them are over it, and much much better than they used to be. Definately still have issues from time to time, but it is a whole lot better.
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July 20th, 2010, 10:08 PM
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Hi Judi,

I had my DD tested recently because she is heading to school in the fall. She tested positive for peanuts and kiwi. I ordered her this bracelet because she'll be away from me and going to school. I never thought about her refusing to wear it though.
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August 20th, 2010, 11:21 AM
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My son wears a medic alert bracelet. His allergies started so young and he got the bracelet so young that he didn't know otherwise. Recently he told my husband that he didn't want to wear it anymore. My husband said he had to ask me and he has yet to approach me. Probably knows that I will tell him he has to wear it.
At pre-school he has a red dot on his nametag, which at our school means to turn over the badge and find out what the medical note is (also has mild asthma). We also attend a peanut treenut free school, which makes me feel so much better. I am however worried about starting elementary school in a year. Any advise on how to make sure the school is doing what they are supposed to to keep my son safe?
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August 24th, 2010, 02:05 PM
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We found out my DD is allergic to eggs when she was almost 2, just found out yesterday she is allergic to tree nuts (cashews and almonds were what she was tested for but her allergist said to avoid all tree nuts).

I just ordered her a bracelet today. From Petite Baubles Boutique Kids Medical Id Bracelet Sports Bands Peanut allergy Diabetes She loves Silly Bands so I'm not worried about her wearing it. I got her three different bands and one "slider" that has the info on it. She'll enjoy picking which band to wear.


She is starting K -- on Thursday!, and the teacher said they have a peanut free lunch table (she can eat peanuts!) but that she'd have to eat a table by herself. I'm going to protest this- that seems like it will give DD a complex to eat alone!! and I've have asked her allergist to write a letter. It is a severe allergy- she does have an EpiPen but she is very aware and knows to eat only what she brings.

Anyway- these are what I ordered her.





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