flicking food at my son during the lunch break......ahhhh!!!

Posted on: Wed, 02/06/2002 - 7:07pm
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Just lately we have been having a easy time with williams allergys. He even went to a friends party and the mother made sure that all the food was safe for him, ( apart from the cake of course but they all took a slice home rather than eat it at the party!) and he had a wonderful time, i was concerned but the mother was so understanding. He had a wonderful time, he was so pleased that he could eat the same as everyone else!! It brought tears to my eyes .
However ....yesterday william came home from school and in his lunch box was someone elses food. (only sweetcorn, which he is ok with) Apparently a school chum decided he hated sweetcorn and flicked it in to williams lunchbox. But of course that is not the problem , the fact that no one noticed that a child was throwing food around , and at my son ( of course it had to my son , the only one in his year with food allergies...ahhhhh). Have mentioned it to teacher who will pass on the message , but after spending a long time explaining things with head etc , and finally begining to relax , up rears the lunch time concerns again. It is alomst a year to the day that william had his last reaction at school , and its taken that long for william to recover , in the last month he has started to eat normaly and his panic attacks have disapeared. If this happens again the only thing i can do is bring him home for lunch, something i would rather avoid.
Any one had this problem? How did you approach them ? Do you think i should make a surprise visit to school during the lunch hour? Has anyone done this ? how did they take this?
help !
sarah.

Posted on: Thu, 02/07/2002 - 2:57am
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I would also make sure to tell the principal and the head 'lunch lady'.
My kids like it when I show up at school unexpectedly. I don't really care if the school likes it or not. They assume that I am there to spy on them and of course that is the case. How is William about going to an adult with a problem, or is he too shy? I tell my kids they should always tell an adult if they have a problem, but they don't always do that.

Posted on: Thu, 02/07/2002 - 3:03am
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Popping in at lunch is a great idea and I plan to start doing it but for different reasons. Last week my daughter had a sub and so I volunteered in class. When the kids went to the cafeteria at lunch, I discovered that the peanut free table which is for my daughter and ANY child that doesn`t have peanuts had been changed and my daughter`s friends were no longer allowed to sit there. She was eating all by herself and had been for several weeks. I still can`t figure out why she didn`t tell me. Anyhow, I think that since as PA parents, most of our concerns center around meal time, it is a good idea to pop in at lunch. Personally, since I am trying to get along with the cafeteria staff, I will try and do it in a way that it doesn`t look like I am spying on them. Maybe I will pop in to bring my daughter a treat. How you do it really depends on the personalities of the people you are dealing with. Flicking food is SO unacceptable from a health standpoint. I think you should talk to the school about it and point out the dangers of your child having a reaction to the cafeteria head. Since your child has been fearful from past reactions, I think you should talk to the cafeteria staff without having your child there, and afterwards tell him you talked to the cafeteria staff. If that doesn`t work, I would go to the nurse. In our school, the nurse has solved every problem I have ever taken to her, even if other school staff wouldn`t take care of it. Good luck.
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Posted on: Thu, 02/07/2002 - 5:42am
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The school that my children attend welcome parents to come and have lunch with their children. Our school has a huge amount of parental support. My children love for me to bring their lunch to them. It is a big treat for them and myself as well. I do not think that anyone thinks that I am spying on them. I never have even considered the possibility that they would think that.

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2002 - 6:33pm
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dear all , thanks for your posts.
so far food throwing seems to have stopped, but will check with kitchen staff etc.
More concerned today because william is on school trip. Will be glad when i get him home.
sarah

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