\"Allergy Free\" Child Care In Tennessee

Posted on: Sun, 04/02/2006 - 12:09pm
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I've started a new project and I am offering "Allergy Free" Child Care in my home in Nashville, Tennessee for 6 weeks - 5 yrs old. There are not any "safe" places for children with PA's and/or Nut Allergies. Very few places will restrict these products and if they do restrict them they don't enforce the restriction which makes the entire thing pointless! I do not allow any Peanuts, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter By-Products, or anything that could have been cross contaminated with Peanuts, and/or Nuts in my home. There are no exception to this rule. I believe that more parents need to try to get involved to come up with idea's to keep their kids safe as well as all of the other kid's out there with anaphylaxis food allergies.

Take Care,
Laura Duke
[email]7051996@bellsouth.net[/email]

Posted on: Mon, 04/03/2006 - 6:47am
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I just read your topic, but how would you do that if you advertised and said this in an add, and someone responded who wanted their child in your daycare, but had an allergy to say, soy, and nuts, would you remove all soy?
I think what you are doing is great as daycare for those with FA is hard, but you may want to say what you are willing to go food allergy safe.
Just a thought,
Therese

Posted on: Mon, 04/03/2006 - 9:45am
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Actually I did place an add, and I got a really good response. I have one child that I have started watching that has a Wheat, Egg, Corn, Milk, & Peanut Allergies. The main thing with this child is the PA. Children don't go into anaphylaxis shock from being in the same room with Wheat, Egg, Corn or Milk, just Peanuts and/or Nuts. I have a list of things this child can eat, because it is fewer foods that this child can eat, rather than not. Brentson, my son who is 9 years old actually came up with this idea. He said that there needs to be a "Safe Place" for all children with anaphylaxis food allergies. If it is a Daycare, Elementary School, Middle School and/or High School. I agreed with him 110% and this is why I am doing this for all of the children out there with any kind of anaphylaxis food allergies. I'm hoping that this will give these parent's a peace of mind knowing that their child is in an environment that is safe for them.
Take Care,
Laura Duke
[email]7051996@bellsouth.net[/email]

Posted on: Mon, 04/03/2006 - 8:49am
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love this idea, but would like you to consider pushing this further. As 'allergy free' is not accurate.
You are simply 'nut/peanut free', try ' allergy aware' .
Offer the many other parents 'out there' who are dealing with the other common food allergies a chance of a safe environment.
Other common foods like milk, egg, wheat soya corn etc
Other areas that you may have knowledge or experience of are important, as atopic children come with a baggage of other conditions. Such as Asthma ( another life threatening disease) or envrionmental allergies, and eczema.
These are the areas that many parents need support, simply being nut free, is too simplistic, this is a far wider issue.
As you have discovered , your knowledge as the parent of an allergic child is worth a great deal to other families in the same situation.
This can also help other parents who are dealing with different food issues, not just peanut.
hope this helps
sarah

Posted on: Mon, 04/03/2006 - 9:21am
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This is "Allergy-Free" Child Care that is actually for all children with any kind of Anaphylaxis Food Allergies and/or health problems. I've already told everyone that my home is "FREE" of ALL Peanuts, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter By-Products, anything that could have been cross contaminated with Peanuts, and/or Nuts. That any of these products that have any of the things listed above are not allowed in my home.
Take Care,
Laura Duke
[email]7051996@bellsouth.net[/email]

Posted on: Mon, 04/03/2006 - 6:47am
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Joined: 10/02/2005 - 09:00

I just read your topic, but how would you do that if you advertised and said this in an add, and someone responded who wanted their child in your daycare, but had an allergy to say, soy, and nuts, would you remove all soy?
I think what you are doing is great as daycare for those with FA is hard, but you may want to say what you are willing to go food allergy safe.
Just a thought,
Therese

Posted on: Mon, 04/03/2006 - 9:45am
Laura Duke's picture
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Joined: 01/26/2006 - 09:00

Actually I did place an add, and I got a really good response. I have one child that I have started watching that has a Wheat, Egg, Corn, Milk, & Peanut Allergies. The main thing with this child is the PA. Children don't go into anaphylaxis shock from being in the same room with Wheat, Egg, Corn or Milk, just Peanuts and/or Nuts. I have a list of things this child can eat, because it is fewer foods that this child can eat, rather than not. Brentson, my son who is 9 years old actually came up with this idea. He said that there needs to be a "Safe Place" for all children with anaphylaxis food allergies. If it is a Daycare, Elementary School, Middle School and/or High School. I agreed with him 110% and this is why I am doing this for all of the children out there with any kind of anaphylaxis food allergies. I'm hoping that this will give these parent's a peace of mind knowing that their child is in an environment that is safe for them.
Take Care,
Laura Duke
[email]7051996@bellsouth.net[/email]

Posted on: Mon, 04/03/2006 - 8:49am
williamsmummy's picture
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Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

love this idea, but would like you to consider pushing this further. As 'allergy free' is not accurate.
You are simply 'nut/peanut free', try ' allergy aware' .
Offer the many other parents 'out there' who are dealing with the other common food allergies a chance of a safe environment.
Other common foods like milk, egg, wheat soya corn etc
Other areas that you may have knowledge or experience of are important, as atopic children come with a baggage of other conditions. Such as Asthma ( another life threatening disease) or envrionmental allergies, and eczema.
These are the areas that many parents need support, simply being nut free, is too simplistic, this is a far wider issue.
As you have discovered , your knowledge as the parent of an allergic child is worth a great deal to other families in the same situation.
This can also help other parents who are dealing with different food issues, not just peanut.
hope this helps
sarah

Posted on: Mon, 04/03/2006 - 9:21am
Laura Duke's picture
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Joined: 01/26/2006 - 09:00

This is "Allergy-Free" Child Care that is actually for all children with any kind of Anaphylaxis Food Allergies and/or health problems. I've already told everyone that my home is "FREE" of ALL Peanuts, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter By-Products, anything that could have been cross contaminated with Peanuts, and/or Nuts. That any of these products that have any of the things listed above are not allowed in my home.
Take Care,
Laura Duke
[email]7051996@bellsouth.net[/email]

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