Wendy - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )
Hi, everyone, my daughter is starting kindergarten. She has Milk, Treenut, Pork & Beef allergies. She is also contact allergic to all. Along with all the other conditions like, severe hives from grass/pollen contact, Anything acidic touching her skin, sunblocks, et cetera. She also has asthma, which is under control with a maintenance inhaled steroid twice daily. I know I will not be able to ever be free of and have her away from her allergens, most kids sit at a peanut free table, I don't have that luxury, she will always have someone sitting next to her with one or more allergens. I do have the options of picking her up for lunch or having her sit by herself, which I would never do, I want her to be in a equal situation as the other children. In kindergarten at such a young age, I'm not confident that she can be an advocate for herself and really want an aide to be near her at lunch. I've heard many schools will have a peanut free table and all the children with allergies wil sit there with an aide trained to take care of them. I feel this is appropriate for my daughter also, but the school in which she will go says they don't have any food allergic children right now and if they did I would still not get a aide to watch. I would like to know what others are doing in this situation, that have more than just nut allergies, and are at a young enough age to not be in control of their own health issues? Do you have a specific aide for lunch, are they secluded, any advice would be great. I'm driving myself crazy with scenerios of what to do?