Do your kids eat food others prep?

Posted on: Mon, 04/17/2006 - 11:07am
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Do you let your kids eat food that others have prepared- I mean cut up fruit and/or
cheese, veggies???

My daughters teacher has asked parents to bring in cut up fruit, cheese for certain events and I am wondering what most of others comfort level this falls into??

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Posted on: Mon, 04/17/2006 - 11:24am
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Yes, I do. My kid is Rast level 4 PA. I don't think he is coontact allergic. In any case, I've known about PA for a year. I think I am very pained by the social aspects of PA, like all of us. I may be foolish, but whenever he can eat like everyone else, I try to let him. I have had a playgroup for a year and my those women can be forgetful. I do have to police the stuff, but cheese and fruit are a big relief. Where we get into trouble is bakery products. Its hard for them to get X-contam. Also, here is a big warning -- the fruit and granola crowd all like to grind their own flour ---a friend was having a b-day party and she called to reassure me that she was baking the c-cakes and they'd be from scratch and safe --- I even grind my own flour! I then thougt, thank goodness, to ask : Do you ever grind nuts in that grinder? answer: yes. SO--it has risks to let the kids eat other peoples food, I take the risk, but I've learned to ask alot of questions.

Posted on: Mon, 04/17/2006 - 1:58pm
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No I don't let my son eat food prepared by others or to be shared by others for 1 thing do you know where the food is prepared eg safe chopping board knives benches x-contamination !!!! also as far as everyone eating from same plate I just find this not worth the risk I always bring safe food for my son & there is a no sharing rule & I believe this would be contradictory to what I have have taught him I am all for keeping his life as normal as possible but on the other hand when it comes to food he is not normal I don't want him to feel a false sense of security

Posted on: Mon, 04/17/2006 - 8:51pm
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No, we do not. The hard and fast rule in our house is dd does not eat anything unless it comes from mommy and daddy. I KNOW my kitchen has no cross contamination.
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Posted on: Mon, 04/17/2006 - 9:08pm
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No, I don't. With the exception of Grandma and even she's get a grilling by me on washed fruit, knife used, etc.
With my luck, some parent will have done the cutting of cheese or chopping of veggies that morning, with the same knife that was used to do PB&J sandwiches for school lunches.

Posted on: Mon, 04/17/2006 - 9:31pm
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no we dont let our son have any home made food by anyone else. he has to many contact reactions. i just dont trust anyone (except my parents) to be as carefull about the food prep as we are.

Posted on: Mon, 04/17/2006 - 11:00pm
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So as our kids get older we are teaching them to NEVER eat something that others have prepared? How do they ever lead a "normal" life?
I never let my dd eat baked goods prepared by others but we do go to a few homes where I trust those people enough.
The classroom situation is different becasue I do not really know all the families but it is just cheese and fruit!
How do we ever really help ur kids feel like everyone else, especially when they can partake?
I think the chances with something like this are pretty slim but is it worth the very small risk?
My dd is 8 and in 2nd grade- this is food during their STAR testing- parents are supposed to partake by bringing in dedicated food during the week.
Any other ideas?

Posted on: Mon, 04/17/2006 - 11:27pm
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What about prepackaged fruit cups and pre-packaged string cheese?
We don't do cheese at ds' preschool due to his milk allergy, but I do allow other parents to bring in prepackaged fruit cups by Dole or Del Monte. Easier for the parents too....no cutting up [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Meg

Posted on: Tue, 04/18/2006 - 12:49am
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Quote:Originally posted by Gwen 5:
[b]So as our kids get older we are teaching them to NEVER eat something that others have prepared? How do they ever lead a "normal" life?
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Depends on what your definition of what "normal" is. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 04/18/2006 - 2:21am
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It isn't in our comfort zone either... though at restaurants we [i]might[/i] allow fruit if they seem to get it. At the homes of family or good friends, we allow whole fruits if they are washed in front of us.
Is this "normal?" Well, no, but neither is having a FA that can kill you in less than a few minutes. I think that we are sending the message to our daughter that eating ANYTHING prepared by someone else is a tremendous act of trust for her. She knows this. And (IMO) she [i]should[/i] look at it that way. Anything else isn't preparing our highly reactive daughter for the reality of her adult life.
Our comfort zone is tighter than many, but it was shaped by many years of hard experience. We used to be much more trusting, but have learned that being "nice" isn't worth the cost.

Posted on: Tue, 04/18/2006 - 3:06am
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Our school district (and I think our state law) requires that all food brought in by parents and students must be commercially prepared. In other words, in a package from a store or bakery, not prepared in the home in any way. That is a great help to us. My DD eats food that relatives make, but I ask about everything first. And she ate food served at Bible School last summer, but I worked in the kitchen to keep an eye on how things were done. I would not let her eat food prepared by a neighbor, a friend's parent, or a parent of her baseball team unless I had really talked to that individual about her allergy first and asked questions about the food's preparation and really felt we weren't taking a chance. It's usually better to just avoid it when you don't know someone well.

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