Food Allergies and School

Amanda - posted on 01/22/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is 4 and allergic to peanuts, eggs & oats. He'll be starting school soon, and I'm very nervous. I know we will have a health plan for him, but I'm nervous because our school district still serves peanut butter in their lunch program. He will eat at a "peanut-free table" on those days and students will have to wash their hands after they eat, but come on - kids get peanut butter everywhere, and it only takes a minute amount of residue to trigger a reaction. Anyone have any advice or suggestions on how to make this easier?

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Trisha - posted on 01/23/2009

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I had stickers made to put on the back of my son's shirt to help remind his preschool teachers about his allergies.  This seemed to help alot.  I would also suggest maybe hosting a "tasting fair" at his school for peanut butter alternatives.  You can buy Sunbutter online in 5 pound buckets.  You could become the class Sunbutter dealer.  You could also go up for the first week of school to help with hand-washing and get the habit started for the kids.  You could contact the parents in his class and see if you can't convince them to go peanut-free.  



Or look for another elementary school that is peanut-free.  Obviously have an epi-pen at school.  I'm thinking about designing a huge hamster bubble for my kids.  You want to get in on it?

Aarika - posted on 01/22/2009

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visit the site kidswithfoodallergies.com.  They have TONS of experience with this and a million suggestions.  The people on there are so helpful and supportive and they have all been thru this.  You may find another parent in your district/area that has already gone to battle for this issue.

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