All these restrictions on what kids can eat at school, can't eat at school,
etc... is making me re-think my whole position on homeschooling my son when
he's that age.
There was a rather interesting story online the other day about a 7 year old boy
who is so allergic, he attends school by robot.While I agree that
there should be as little disruption as possible in the lives of other students,
and while there are times that accommodations are at cross purposes - such as
autistic children who will only eat pb&j versus children with peanut
allergies, I find it highly interesting that there is so much resistance to
prohibiting a substance such as peanut butter - especially when you consider all
the other things that schools prohibit for reasons that don't include
Let me speak from personal experience ... I've already been "dead"
once from this little legume (not a 'nut'). I have to ingest it (eat
it) in order for the anaphylactic reaction to occur ... HOWEVER, some people are
so extremely allergic to peanuts, or just the peanut smell, or just the peanut
dust - that they die. I will agree with this seemingly extreme case for any
school to ban the product for the entire year that the 'sensitive'
person is on that campus.
I noticed the last few times I've been on an airplane they're having
peanuts again (if they have snacks at all).
Are parents even allowed to make snacks for classes anymore? All the school
notices I've ever seen have said 'no'. Ordinarily
I'd say the needs of the many really do outweigh the needs of the few, but
given the potentially lethal nature of peanut allergies, I think some
accommodation, such as the peanut-free zones mentioned in other posts, is
reasonable (though I can already hear cries of "Segregation!" from the
radical "nuts" [pun intended]).The kids who know they have
peanut allergies ought to always carry an epi-pen with them and know how to use
it. They can't go through life expecting everyone to know about and
accommodate their allergy.In this particular case, the mother
mentioned should have been aware of the school's no-nut policy, which had
been in place for six years. It's when I hear about incidents of school
personnel reaching into from-home lunches to confiscate "unhealthy"
items that I get incensed. If that ever becomes the policy at my school, you can
bet I'll pull my child out.Maybe in the future kids will be
forced to buy school lunches, but I can't afford that.
I don't think it is appropriate to make an entire school nut free. There
should be nut free areas set aside and increased faculty training on dealing
with allergies and allergic reactions.
My now 27 yr old son was diagnosed with a peanut and egg allergy when he was 1
yrs old after suffering an asthma attack. I think he must've sensitized to
peanuts through breastfeeding because I had never given him peanut butter. (I
began to suspect something might be wrong when I took a cross-country
flight--eating peanuts--and he ended up crying all night). We avoided eggs
entirely for 4-5 yrs at which point we re-introduced him to eggs without any
further reactions. However, he remains highly allergic to peanuts. When he was
young I would occasionally give his younger brother a peanut butter sandwich but
found that my allergic son would end up with severely swollen eyes which I could
only guess was due to peanut residue from his little brother somehow getting
transferred, so I stopped giving peanut butter to little brother. We made some
trips to the ER when he was accidentally given peanut-containing food by those
unaware and always had an epi-pen and benadryl on hand. His reactions included
vomiting, asthma attack, and swelling (think Will Smith in Hitch). It is a
challenge for schools to deal with.
Okay, we can all agree that the general population should not have to alter
their lifestyle or contents of their lunch-pails to appease the handful of kids
that do suffer from peanut allergies. At the same time, we know for a fact that
there are children who can be killed by even inhaling peanut dust. And that is
cause for accommodation. How about the school designate a table in the
cafeteria (or a ROOM in the school if necessary) as a "PEANUT FREE ZONE"
Kids who can't risk coming into contact with nut products, there is a
table (or room) clean and peanut-free to keep you safe! And in the meantime, my
kids who LOVE PB&J can live their lives and eat their sandwiches happily as
To Hutterite, a true food allergy has absolutely nothing to do with lack of
exposure to certain items. I am 58 years old and have had a severe tree nut
allergy all my life that became apparent at a very young age. According to your
theory my mother should have just kept feeding me tree nuts from the time I was
one or two. I certainly wouldn't have had the allergy any longer because I
would have been dead.Ever since I was a child, I have had to be very
careful of what I eat. I never expected tree nuts to be forbidden in school
just because of me. I have learned to ask and ask again about restaurant
preparations of food items and to let a dinner party hostess know of my allergy.
Even then it is amazing how people forget, or think just a bite won't hurt,
or nuts can just be picked out or off of something. Not so. True allergies (not
just food intolerances) are serious and deadly business. It is good to help
these kids, but as they get older they need to become responsible for avoiding
Hutterite,My family is constantly in the outdoors. But my son has a
peanut allergy. It is so severe that just the scent of peanut butter makes him
vomit. Just touching peanut products brings hives. Eating peanut products could
kill him. So if your child brings peanut butter to lunch and pops
open their lunch box when sitting next to my son, my kid will puke on your kid.
@ Hank. I agree, ( please see my comments above). My daughter was 3 when we
discovered this and she does not eat any nuts of any kind, however with that
being said, she must also watch out for the "hidden" nuts ie: peanut
oil, almond extract, etc. It is very easy to detect these things in packages,
however until she had an reaction a few years later, I did not realize that nuts
are ground into imported chocolates and that this type of item is not required
to have that listed on the lable. Things such as Pesto sauce also have nuts in
them. Believe me as a parent when she was young we checked every lable, every
restaurant of any kind we went to we asked if any nut oil was used in their
cooking. To this day if she goes to anything where homemade items are, she will
not eat until she finds the maker of the items. Unfortunatly for her there have
been a handful of times that even with our best efforts she has come in contact
with nuts and has spent more than 1 occassion in the ER as her breathing is
cutoff from the swelling.
Here's a thought...If you are allergic to something; don't
@ Hutterite. While I am not advocating for a total ban on these products in
schools, I am here to let you know that I have 3 children (all now grown) and
nuts and nuts products were in my home from the day all 3 were born. My
Daughter has a extreme allergy to ALL nuts products in all forms and unless you
have EVER been around a young child or anybody who experiences the effects of
the allergy you have no room to talk. She would never eat Peanut butter at home
always asking for a PBJ with just jelly. The first time she had a reaction was
with a homemade peanut butter cookie which she took 1 bite and spit it out.
Within 2 min she had hives the size of softballs all over her (she was 3 at the
time) her eyes rolled back in her head and she passed out. We rushed her to the
emergency room and luckily she survived. We were given shots to help and to this
day she still has the allergy. She carries the shot everywhere she goes. So
for some nuts ARE NOT GOOD for them. Become educated before judging.
@Hutterite: I agree with you 100%. I believe we are way too paranoid about
germs these days and we're constantly sanitizing everything when a newborn
comes home. I'm sure parents believe it's in the best interest of
their children, but they're not getting exposure to things like we used to
and I believe there was a report that mentioned the possibility of a link
between over-sanitizing our newborns and the rise in allergies.@Florwood: I believe there was a report that mentioned the possibility of a
link between over-sanitizing our environment and the rise in allergies. It
wasn't conclusive, but there was strong evidence in that direction.
Early in the article it states that food allergies are increasing. Any idea why?
We're isolating ourselves from the environment when we need exposure to it
most, as a child when we're developing our immune systems. Remember when
there was no such thing as nut allergies? It wasn't that long ago. As
ubiquitous as they are, I have never used a hand sanitiser dispenser in my life.
And the kids can go out and play in the dirt, and drink whole milk, and eat
nuts. It's good for 'em.