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Posted on: Sun, 01/13/2002 - 3:22am
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I just wanted to make my self known! I've been reading these posts since my daughter was diagnosed with a peanut/tree-nut allergy two years ago. I'm a teacher at her school and the school is now going completely nut free.. Not just peanut. I deeply sympathize with all of you who have had such traumatic experiences with your and your children(s) allergies and I wish you nothing but the best. My thoughts and prayers are always with you and your families. Good Luck
-Kelly

Posted on: Mon, 01/14/2002 - 1:20am
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How did you get your school to go nut free? I do not have a problem with children bringing things in their lunch box that contain peanuts. However, I would love it if they would not serve peanut butter sandwiches or cookies for the entire lunch room. I think that a lot of people are simply unaware of the danger it poses to allergic individuals. I always try to explain it in a nice way and people havc been understanding so far. What kind of reaction did your child have? Thanks Cammie

Posted on: Thu, 01/17/2002 - 9:10am
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How did I get them to go nut-free? I think everyone wanted me to shut up, personally... (lol) Actually, It's a very forward-thinking school where the child is put far before the rest of the world. In keeping with the school's principles, they decided that the health and well-being of two children (one being mine :-) ) was more important than the necessity of a nut-bearing lunch. I did the necessary research voluntarily and made up a packet for all the parents of the school and sat outside in the hallway for two days during drop-off and pick-up to answer any lingering questions. It was met with some resistance, but nothing that was more important or longer lingering than the importance of my daughter.. Best of luck.

Posted on: Thu, 01/17/2002 - 1:54pm
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Cammie caver, I was just wondering when you said you don`t have a problem with other kids bringing peanuts in their lunches, do you worry about them not washing their hands and coming back into the classroom? I worry about that a lot, but there is no way my daughter`s school would tell parents not to pack peanut butter. Have you found a way to get them to wash their hands after eating peanut butter or do you feel that this really is not a risk to your child? What do you think?

Posted on: Thu, 01/17/2002 - 11:19pm
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Hi carefulmom; Since my daughter's school is not PN-free nor is her classroom where snacks are eaten daily, I too was concerned about the kids hands. So I included in her 504 plan, hand washing after lunch and after snack time for all the kids in her class. I also keep a supply of anti-bacterial wipes for her to use before she eats anything. SO far, so good...I also don't allow her to use the water fountains in case they too have PB on them. She brings a bottle of water everyday.

Posted on: Fri, 01/18/2002 - 1:44am
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Diane, just wondering if you think this hand-washing really happens? I was at a birthday party and when the kids were told to wash their hands, I watched and "washing" meant running their hands under the water for about five seconds! Some used soap and some didn`t. Does the teacher watch them wash their hands? Also, since your classroom allows peanuts, do you worry about crumbs? At least, my daughter`s class doesn`t allow peanuts in the room, and hand washing is part of her 504, but after that birthday party, I just wonder if it really happens. Maybe your daughter is less sensitive than mine. So far, no reactions at school, but I always wonder. The drinking fountain is a really good point; I never thought of that.

Posted on: Fri, 01/18/2002 - 3:49am
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Carefulmom,
Yes, it worries me as great deal that someone might not wash their hands after eating peanut butter. I also understand that they are going to be out in the world where people have eaten peanuts. I simply try to teach them to be cautious and not sit directly by someone eating peanut butter. Most of Kate and Joseph's friends never even bring it to school. The teachers instruct them to wash their hands and stress the importance of it. Maybe we have just been lucky so far. Cammie

Posted on: Fri, 01/18/2002 - 8:09am
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Carefulmom;(like your sign-on name!)They do use soap when washing their hands. I've been there a few times and the teacher has an aide especially for my daughter and the other PA kid in the class. Washing the kids' hands is one of her jobs. So far no reactions. I'm not sure how allergic my daughter is now. 2 yrs. ago she had a bad reaction just by toughing it. But maybe it's gotten better. Hope so! But I know they are extremely careful in her class as far as washing desks and hands though. A few other parents liked the idea about the water bottle and alot of the non-PA kids bring them now. And the teacher likes it because they don't have to interrupt the class, get up and leave their desks to get a drink.

Posted on: Fri, 01/18/2002 - 8:45am
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With regard to the handwashing...
We are currently getting info together to meet with the school for this Fall. This handwashing subject reminded me of when I taught (over 5 years ago!) in Virginia. The classes there each had their own soap dispenser, and the teachers put a squirt of saop into each child's hands on their way to the bathroom. WHAT A GREAT IDEA - especially for those of us with PA worries. To me, this means that the kids HAVE to use the water to at least rinse the soap off, even if they don't rub it all over their hands first. This would help with washing at least SOME of the allergen off - better than no soap at all.
What do you think?

Posted on: Sun, 01/20/2002 - 8:14am
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Lam, that sounds like a really good idea. I have a feeling that in my daughter`s school they would find it too much of an imposition, but you never know until you try. I really get the feeling that in my daughter`s school, hand washing was a foreign concept until we came along. There are so many other reasons to wash hands besides PA, but somehow it seems like it is being done to accomodate my daughter.
Diane, I think you are really lucky to have another PA child in your child`s class. Then everything isn`t being done just for your child. However, in my daughter`s school there are two other PA kids, twins, in her grade, not in her class. That mother is very lax, doesn`t care about hand washing, doesn`t even care about the teacher passing out peanut candy to the other kids in class, so I am just as happy not to have her kids in my daughter`s class. It would just make my job more difficult to get everyone to understand how serious PA is, when the other PA mother doesn`t take it seriously. Her kids average three reactions a year; you would think she would figure out something needs to be done differently.
Anyhow, those are good ideas about hand washing. I think the teachers are really serious about it initially, then as time goes along they get lax. Glad that isn`t happening in your situations.

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