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Number of allergic children in your child\'s school

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By Mary on Thu, 01-21-99, 22:36

In my son's preschool program there are a total of 80 children enrolled (40 in the 3 year old and 40 in the 4 year old programs).
While my son, is the only one in his 3 year old program with the peanut allergy, there are 3 peanut allergic children in the 4 year old program -- This equates to 4 out of 80 children peanut allergic.

What type of ratio are you finding in your school systems?

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By Nicole on Sat, 01-23-99, 01:39

Hi Mary ~

Good question. My son is 4 and he's the only nut allergy in the 4's class. There are about 30 kids. I understand that there is a 3 year old who has a nut allergy and the number of kids is about 30 as well. So overall: 1:30 for the 4 year olds and same for the 3 year olds.

Nicole

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By Deb on Sat, 01-23-99, 03:04

In my daughter's elementary school (K-6) there are 840 students, seven of whom have a known peanut allergy.

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By Mary on Mon, 01-25-99, 14:20

Still interested in the number of children allergic in your school system. So far the posts show the number of allergic children to be greater than the estimation of 1 out of 200.

The ratios in the 3 previous posts indicate: 1 out of 20 (preschool); 1 out of 30 (preschool); and 1 out of 120 (elementary).

What is the ratio in your child's school system?

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By Mary Catherine on Mon, 01-25-99, 15:13

My son's kindergarten class of approximately 85 children had 4 peanut allergic children last year. The school (K-6) with 650 children had 7 peanut allergic children that I was aware of; of course, all info in confidential, so there may be more. Those are only the ones I knew about. Also, a friend in a nearby township said her child has 4 peanut allergic children in the afternoon kindergarten class this year (out of 25. We have 2 out of 14 in CCD class, and another friend has 2 four-year olds in her small Bible school class. The numbers are much higher than anyone thinks, unfortunately.

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By Greg on Wed, 01-27-99, 03:25

In our daughter school (K-4) about 550 children, there are at least 10 that we know of with peanut allergies. Again there may be more since this info is kept confidential. Interesting to see the numbers appear higher than I expected. Thought our school might have been an exception.

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By dhumphries on Sat, 02-06-99, 02:51

I THINK ALL THESE STATISTICS ARE SCARY. I HAVE A 2YR OLD WITH A SEVERE PEANUT ALLERGY. THERE IS 5 KIDS IN A DAY CARE PROGRAM OF ABOUT 80 KIDS WITH THIS PROBLEM. I ALSO HAVE A 22 YR OLD, AND AS FAR AS I KNOW, THIS WAS A NON-EXISTENT PROBLEM WHEN SHE WAS SMALL. I REALLY THINK THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE LOOKING AT THIS AS A SERIOUS PROBLEM.

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By Sandy on Sat, 02-27-99, 22:46

My childs school has 800 children. There are 9 children (that I know of) who are allergic to peanuts. I have never met any of them. I feel so alone. When I asked the principal and the secretary for the phone numbers of the other parents ( so that my son can have another playmate who has something in common) the school would not let me have the numbers. They said it was infringing on their privacy! I asked them to give the other parents 'my' phone number but they would not do that either. I have voiced my opinion quite often to the school (in a very calm voice). I think that they I might think that I will get the other parents to gang up on the school. How foolish. They just don't get it. Has anyone had this problem?

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By Mary Catherine on Sat, 02-27-99, 22:58

Hi Sandy...Two years ago I asked the school nurse to give my phone number to parents of peanut allergic children in the school. I wanted someone to help guide me, before I sent my son to kindergarten. I had so many questions. NO ONE ever called. I tried twice during the year. To this day, (he's now in first grade), I have struggled to educate and pave the way all alone over there. The staff is great! But I know what its like to feel alone as a parent in this struggle. All I can think is, I am making it easier for the next poor soul who walks in our shoes! You have everyone on this site to help you, so that is to your advantage. Pave the way!

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By Nancy on Sun, 02-28-99, 02:57

To find other parents with pn allergic kids: How about posting a sign in the library. The local banks. Your allergist's office. If you live in a large area, ALL the allergist's offices. Your pediatrician's office. While telling the MDs you'd like to speak with other parents, I feel it's more important to tell their nurses AND SECRETARIES what you are trying to do. Often times the nurses and office staff will remember you and your request more easily than the physician will.

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