Advice please! re peanuts in healthcare office
1st time poster, longtime mom with allergic kids. I need advice please! My 15 year old is in independent study high school because of managing many allergies. Airborne peanuts, fragrances and inhalant chemicals seem to be the worst culprits. Her orthodontist has a policy of offering cookies to the patients, their siblings and parents in the form of cookies on a counter. They have a "game room". The little ones take any number of cookies and proceed to crumble them, suck on them even eat them on occasion. Then they go to the game room and play on all the electronics. I have my daughter steer clear of the area every time, because they won't remove the cookies "just for her". We are weeks away from getting the braces off, but today I took if upon myself to speak to the office about the dangers of a little child coming in and experiencing a reaction in the game room. The office staff were clearly angry, and I received a good lecture on how the child has to eat the peanut in order to react. Sure, that's why my daughter had to epi pen after breathing in her friends peanut butter sandwhich! And furthermore, why was I complaining when I don't have little ones anyway? Are they right? Am I getting out of control? I tried to explain that since they were a healthcare office, they needed to be a safe haven. Who gives out cookies at the dentist anyways? I would appreciate your thoughts on how far we should expect the dr.'s offices to bend for allergic kids. Thanks.