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Posted on: Sun, 09/23/2001 - 3:40am
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We just found out that my dd has a PA through allergy testing. She has only been served peanut butter once and she refused to eat it. My problem is that she has never had a reaction. I know that that doesn't sound like much of a problem but because she has never had a reaction the daycare does not see it as a concern. She is lactose intolerant also so watching labels is not new to me it is the checking at restaurants and the daycare. How do I get the daycare to understand the importance of the possibility of a reaction? I don't even know what I am looking for. Thanks for any input. Julie

P.S. The director of the daycare is my best friend.

Posted on: Sat, 09/29/2001 - 3:07am
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This is how I handled it. I bought the daycare/preschool book from FAN. It is 75.00 but I think overall it was worth it. The one problem I do have is that FAN is against peanut bans. I think the arguement that people would be conplacent is BS. ANYWAY! I was lucky enough at the first school that they went "peanut free".
The school he is at now specializes in "special needs" kids, and it still freaked the Director out a little bit. I created a poster with symptoms and what to do and have 2 EPI's pens - one with each poster. One in the lunchroom and one in the classroom. Email me if you are interested, I will send the stuff to you. I also wrote a letter to the parents asking them to give me a heads up if they are bringing any special foods. I also have a medicalert bracelet on him.
I think you have to be educated enough to educate others. If you take it seriously it helps them take it seriously.
The poster helps in my opinion as it is an emergency plan, step 1. - etc. so that if someone starts to panic the information is right there.
Dont expect the director to educate the teachers, you will need to do it.

Posted on: Sat, 09/29/2001 - 6:55am
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Thanks for the help. I have no idea what FAN is though. I have seen it mentioned but don't know what it is or how to get there. Thanks again, Julie

Posted on: Sun, 09/30/2001 - 11:02pm
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I know exactly what you are going through with daycare. My son's daycare was very laid back after his first reaction. As soon as he had his first reaction, I started to research the peanut allergy, but very shortly after the first reaction he moved to another room at daycare, and they again gave him peanut products.
By this time, I knew the seriousness of the allergy so I wrote my daycare a letter asking that the daycare go peanut-free. I put in a lot of the most serious facts about the peanut allergy: how deadly it can be, how little of an amount can cause a deadly reaction, that people have died within two mintues, that it is an airborne and touch sensitive allergy, etc. My husband took in Benadryl, the epi-pen, and an epi-trainer. He showed all of the teachers how to use the trainer, and we also drew up an emergency plan.
I didn't get the daycare to go peanut-free, but they did agree to keep his room peanut-free until he is old enough to be responsible for the allergy. All of this work, raised their awareness of the allergy. They now take the allergy very serious.
I have also noticed that people tend to take allergies more seriously if the person is wearing a medic-alert bracelet, a pin, or some type of identification. (It is a constant visual reminder.)
I belive that education is the key. I also periodically give the daycare director articles about the allergy, etc.

Posted on: Mon, 10/01/2001 - 11:51am
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FAAN is the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. It is an organization dedicated to increasing awareness of food allergies. You can go to their site and read more about them. I know many members of peanutallergy.com are also members of FAAN. Their address is [url="http://foodallergy.org"]http://foodallergy.org[/url]
Good luck!

Posted on: Tue, 07/25/2006 - 11:02am
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We have just sent all our kids' food to school with them. I just didn't feel comfortable with the preschool's food because they were emptying large containers into storage bins (x-contam?) and throwing away the package--and its label with it. It just seemed much safer and simpler to send their own food. The school was happy with that.
Cathy

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2006 - 12:44am
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This week, we have been going through the daycare nightmare as it relates to our son's peanut allergy. He will be 2 years old in October. They have been at this daycare for 8 weeks. We changed away from his last daycare because he had been bit by a child (the same kid!) several times - the last time in the face.
While searching for their new daycare, I also sought out a peanut free facility and came up empty as well. The places that were peanut free had long waiting lists and, based on our need to make an immediate change, we couldn't wait. So, the place that we ended up at already had one other peanut allergic child. The owner of the daycare allowed me to go through all of her daycare foods and read labels with her. Come to find out, the parents of the other peanut allergic child are not nearly as diligent as we are. And - he is highly allergic to shellfish too! Anyway, she told me that if she served anything with peanuts, that my child and the other allergic child would be in a different room, and the areas with peanuts (tabletops, etc.) would be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before my child was allowed back in. The children eating the peanuts (including my 3 year old) would be washed up as they always are after a meal.
So - this wasn't ideal, but we felt as comfortable as I believe we could under the circumstances.
Everything was cruising along just fine until this last Monday. I came to pick up my kids and there was A PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH SITTING ON THE KITCHEN TABLE!!! It is a long story on how this apparently happened (I'll spare you most of the details :>, but the sandwich was left on the table by her own daughter who wasn't even supposed to be in the part of the facility that is the daycare). So, needless to say, the owner didn't have as much control over the situation as she thought (and I thought) she had. I am sure you can imagine how I felt when I found this. The daycare owner flipped out - apologizing, crying. I basically told her that I was so upset, I couldn't talk to her. I was shaking, gathered my kids, left and immediately started to make plans to put my kids with a close friend until we could find a new daycare.
I ended up talking to the owner that night. She agreed to go completely peanut free. I offered to do all the leg work, including supplying her with Sunflower Butter, as a peanut butter alternative. Luckily, in the eight weeks my kids have been at her daycare, she has become incredibly attached to them. She doesn't want us to leave and she knows that is the only other alternative for us.
I am not sure if this will work, but I think we are going to give it another try. I feel like if I move them again, I am just going to be trading one situation for another - and I feel like we have at least made progress where we are at. My god, I cannot begin to imagine what it will be like when my son starts school...
Sorry to ramble! You really hit a nerve when you asked about daycares... I feel your pain!
[This message has been edited by amartin (edited July 26, 2006).]

Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2006 - 12:57pm
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What an excellent idea your brother had! What about trying to find another mom that could come to your house? This way the house would be safe.
Perhaps you could find another student's wife that needs the income, but is less interested in running childcare as a "business". Less kids to worry about to expose your child.
Better for routine illnesses, too.
Good luck,
Daisy

Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2006 - 1:59pm
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If your college has an early childhood education program, this may be just the ticket-- place a few posters in the ed department so that you could get someone to come to your house a few hours a week. An undergrad in the ed program is your best bet-- and tell them you would be happy to act as a professional reference if they handle your child's disability well.
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(This is how friends of mine have always found reliable babysitters for their child with Down's.)

Posted on: Thu, 03/02/2006 - 11:15am
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I work at Primrose Schools in GA. They have several children that is pa, eggs, milk and other allergies. They take all precautions to watch the food they serve. They give all the teachers with an allergy list and on the table they have an info sheet as to what child is allergic to what with their picture. This child will sit in that spot.
I have just ordered some animal cookies from them for my pa son, because everything in the store has may contain.
If it was my child I would go to the facility that you are interested in and ask them how they handle allergy kids.
Good Luck,
Suzette

Posted on: Thu, 03/02/2006 - 12:28pm
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Is there a PA support group in your area? If so, perhaps you could you find another mom to keep your kids in a "safe" home.
Daisy

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