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thank you for all the good advice. I do know that poptarts she cant have. she ate one with out me knowing and she had a reaction to it. that was fun. I guess I like to know ahead of time what to put in my house for her to eat. but I do know that this will get easier as time goes on.

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Sorry to hear your daughter was diagnosed with a peanut allergy. Welcome to our community; we’re here to support you and your family. Folks here know what you’re going through.

Here are a few ideas to help you and your family adjust to your daughter’s new dietary restriction:

  1. Peanut butter substitutes, such as WOWButter and SunButter, are delicious and safe options.
  2. Looking for safe dining options? AllergyEats has a new app that can help. You can read about it here - http://www.peanutallergy.com/articles/restaurants/find-allergy-friendly-restaurants-discover-allergyeats
  3. Our peanut-free directory lists online peanut-free bakeries, snack shops and confectioners. You can check it out here - http://www.peanutallergy.com/nut-free/directory.html
  4. Making treats at home is one way to save. Check out our recipes section - http://www.peanutallergy.com/nut-free-recipes - for tasty peanut-free desserts, after-school snacks and more!

What other suggestions do you guys have for Sheri?

Hey - any chance you would share your spreadsheet? Ive been keeping notes in my iphone but dont seem to have enough time in the day to check all these manufacturers. Sure wish they had to label (by law) for cross contamination risk. I am calling ice cream companies now. Ugh.

Another good resource is http://www.snacksafely.com. They have a list of foods that are peanut-free and it is regularly updated.

Funny - poptarts are on the list as ok though but only certain flavors. I wonder if your daughter had one of the other flavors?

I have been trying to figure how to deal with the allergy for almost a year now & find one of the most frustrating things to be that companies do not have to label for potential cross contamination when it could be enough to be fatal for someone. So getting to know the companies & their labeling policies is really key until hopefully someday legislation gets getter...

Take care!

Hello again, I wouldnt mind sharing my spreadsheet except that it may not be accurate for you. I have found that the same foods come from different factories depending on where you live. For example I live in the north east so the same bag of a name brand of chips may be packaged in a plant that does not package any peanut products. But if you live in the south your chips may come from a factory that does package other nut products. So, you really have to put together one that is for you. In addition you need to periodically check to see if anything is changed. I tend to go with companies who label for cross contamination and read labels every time I buy. This is just my opinion.

Just be sure to read everything, my son has a severe peanut/treenut. He is able to have lots of snacks, just have to read, he loves poptarts, goldfish, some chips and pretzels are ok we even go out to eat we just always ask first and we have found that most places are very helpful, it is hard but you can still live a normal life just be very careful and READ everything

Re check the Pop Tarts.. they now have a peanut butter flavor

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