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Post Icon Posted: Oct 7th, 2008 at 02:45 pm

Does anyone know if handling acorns would be an issue with peanut and treenut individuals? DD's day care would like to use them on sensory tables but called us before using them.
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 7th, 2008 at 02:53 pm

no problem, not human food.

of course if eaten it would give a bad tummy ache, but not anaphylaxis...........................I dont think its worth it.

certainly no problems with handling them either.......my son plays with acorns and conkers from a young age. ( he was tree nut allergic when younger)
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 7th, 2008 at 03:00 pm

YES, they are tree nuts. They are the nut of the oak tree.

Quick google found this:

http://www.wisegeek.com/can-people-eat-acorns.htm

http://content.karger.com/ProdukteDB/produkte.asp?Doi=72135
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 7th, 2008 at 03:01 pm

Thanks williamsmummy. I thought it might be OK so long as the acorn were not broken exposing the nut meat.
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 7th, 2008 at 03:09 pm

Everyone is different of course, but I have never had a problem with acorns. I am severely allergic to peanuts & walnuts (lifelong). When I was a kid (tot/teen/& young adult) we had an oak tree on the front lawn and I loved to peel them. I liked the smell. I also used the caps for whistling. Perhaps this means there is some treenut I'm not allergic to? I don't know, just wanted to add my 2cents.

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Post Icon Posted: Oct 7th, 2008 at 03:15 pm

I thought there was a child on here that had a reaction to acorns...

Might be a good idea to do a rub down test at home just to be on the safe side.
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 7th, 2008 at 04:02 pm

DS's allergist said DS should be fine to play with whole ones but not to touch broken ones. No way would I want them in a sensory table at school in case some break. I heard in one book, maybe Linda Coss's book, that one child pierced his thumb with the point of one and reacted but not sure that's true. I would ask that they use something else. There are so many other things they could use, why use a tree nut?
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 7th, 2008 at 04:08 pm

We have them all over our stupid lawn. They drive me crazy.
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 7th, 2008 at 08:34 pm

Tree nuts are the one food allergy that my son *may* not actually have. He had for sure reactions to his other food allergens except for tree nuts. He tested very positive for some of them the first time he was skin tested 4 1/2 years ago. He now tests neg or barely positive to all tree nuts. I *think* actually his last test might have been neg for all. Doesn't matter since he is peanut-allergic to we avoid all tree nuts, too, down to x-contam. DS played with acorns before we knew of his food allergy. We stopped when I learned that someone had reacted that way. The allergist told us to let him play with them. If he were for sure tree nut allergic I wouldn't but I'm thinking that he probably isn't allergic to tree nuts any longer. Maybe I'm making the wrong choice. In any case, his fascination with them was over a year or more ago so it isn't really an issue now anyway.

I do appreciate you posting, though. I didn't realize someone here had a child who reacted to them.

Thanks!

Oct 7th, 2008 at 07:21 pm, weneedacure wrote:
Oct 7th, 2008 at 04:02 pm, lakeswimr wrote:
DS's allergist said DS should be fine to play with whole ones but not to touch broken ones. No way would I want them in a sensory table at school in case some break. I heard in one book, maybe Linda Coss's book, that one child pierced his thumb with the point of one and reacted but not sure that's true. I would ask that they use something else. There are so many other things they could use, why use a tree nut?


Actually, one of our members posted about a reaction where her son got stuck with a small piece under the fingernail, and had a reaction.

I would be very uncomfortable with letting my child handle acorns, even if the shell was intact. But JMHO
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 7th, 2008 at 08:52 pm

Oct 7th, 2008 at 07:21 pm, weneedacure wrote:
Oct 7th, 2008 at 04:02 pm, lakeswimr wrote:
DS's allergist said DS should be fine to play with whole ones but not to touch broken ones. No way would I want them in a sensory table at school in case some break. I heard in one book, maybe Linda Coss's book, that one child pierced his thumb with the point of one and reacted but not sure that's true. I would ask that they use something else. There are so many other things they could use, why use a tree nut?


Actually, one of our members posted about a reaction where her son got stuck with a small piece under the fingernail, and had a reaction.

I would be very uncomfortable with letting my child handle acorns, even if the shell was intact. But JMHO


That would be our ds.

Week long reaction. MISERABLE. DON'T TRY TESTING AT HOME.
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 8th, 2008 at 09:53 am

If your child is TNA and not just PNA/avoiding TN, then I would definitely avoid acorns. We have been advised to avoid acorns, but our DS is most definitely allergic to all of the tree nuts. People don't really eat acorns, but the tree nut proteins are present, and kids will be kids, and not necessarily do what you expect them to do, IYKWIM.

However, if your child is PNA, and not necessarily TNA, but you avoid TN as a precaution, then touching acorns would be fine.

Good luck!
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 8th, 2008 at 10:25 am

I have recipies from the early 1900's for acorn stew, acorn bread...

I have often pictured little pioneer kids shelling them. I imagine if you were reeeeaaaally hungry Smiley .

Can't imagine the table being a good idea. It would depend on how allergic your child is and how responsible the other kids are--will they crack them open?

There are other things you can put on a sensory table.
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 8th, 2008 at 12:27 pm

I'm new here, but the anthropologist in me has to jump in on this one.

Acorns are tree nuts, and definitely human food. The nut meat inside is only palatable if one has run water through them, but still, they are food.

My son is PA and TNA and I wouldn't let him play with acorns either.

(Although, that same anthropologist part of me grieves that we won't be able to experiment with that acorn stew!)
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 9th, 2008 at 07:23 am

Oct 8th, 2008 at 12:27 pm, Nutrageous wrote:
I'm new here, but the anthropologist in me has to jump in on this one.

Acorns are tree nuts, and definitely human food. The nut meat inside is only palatable if one has run water through them, but still, they are food.

My son is PA and TNA and I wouldn't let him play with acorns either.

(Although, that same anthropologist part of me grieves that we won't be able to experiment with that acorn stew!)


Me too. The recipe calls for soaking the acorns--I bet that is why.
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 11th, 2008 at 09:38 am

My son is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts along with having seasonal allergies. He has gotten hives before after playing in the yard in the fall with leaves and acorns etc. I have always thought of it as a pollen reaction, but it could be from the acorns...or a big mixture of them all!
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