Caitlin - posted on 03/26/2010 ( 58 moms have responded )
There have been a few articles i've read recently about peanut/nut bans in schools. First, a Chatelaine article where the author whines about not being able to send her son to school with a PB&J sandwich for lunch, because of a peanut ban in place because he's a picky eater. That sparked a ton of articles shooting down her statistics and opinions and generally created a huge uproar in the allergic community. This subject is quite divisive amongst parents, I have noticed.
Are you for or against a peanut/nut ban in a school if it can protect a student from a possibly fatal reaction?
I personally feel there is a place for the ban on peanuts/nuts in elementary schools, or junior high. Being the mother of an anaphylactic child myself (dairy, egg, peanuts, nuts, seafood, beef) I have seen my daughter on the brink of death, the first time at only 4 months old where she lost consciousness and stopped breathing in my arms (thankfully I was just getting to the ER at the time). My feelings are mostly because i've seen it happen, and wouldn't wish it upon anyone, let alone school staff having to treat the child. On the other hand, I think about children who have other allergies and have to learn responsibilty at a very young age, I know schools can't ban all allergens. There will always be the possibility of a reaction in my daughter, because dairy is in almost every lunch box, and cheese residues van last on dirty surfaces for quite a long time. It will always be hard to never be allowed to share food with friends or have cake at a friends party, but she will have to learn to cope with her allergy eventually and I can't rely on other moms to pack their children allergen-free lunches just so my daughter can reach in and help herself.
Long winded, sorry... I feel strongly about this issue for obvious reasons.