Holiday candy - need quick answer!!

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I received an email from Drew's teacher this morning asking about some holiday candy (brought in holiday cups for the children, so no labels).

My questions: 1) Hershey kisses - Do the plain kisses in holiday wrappers still have blue writing on the "tag"? If not, what does the "tag" say, so I can ask her to double check it?

2) Candy canes with Mickey Mouse on the wrapper - anyone seen these? Checked these?

(I'm going to ask that from now on the packaging comes with the candy....)

On Dec 19, 2005

You know what? Just for an example for the heck of it I would tell the teacher that under no circumstances can your child accept unlabelled candy even IF it is a familiar brand.

She meant well but she also knew before she got the candy. This is like standing up for what we preach to them every day and it might be a mixed message to your child.

And your child will again be left out but you can remedy that. The teacher should see your child will not even touch the candy. It might help her learn.

When your child is old enough and managing his PA away from you he will not ever eat an unlabelled candy and this is a good start.

This sounds a bit hard hearted but how else can we send a message?

Peg

On Dec 19, 2005

I agree with Peg's points and have one to add. What if it's a *look-a-like* candy and not the actually brand you know? Not necessarily this time - but maybe next time.

On Dec 19, 2005

I agree...you really need to see the original package they came from to determine if they are safe or not.

That being said, I'm sitting here at work looking at a dish of the holiday wrapped kisses (red, green, silver) and YES they have blue writing "KISSES" on them.

I believe that Hershey's has a different tag for each kiss, so the PB filled ones actually say "PEANUT BUTTER" on the strip, the Hugs say "HUGS" and Hugs with almonds say "ALMOND HUGS" and so on...

Adrienne

------------------ 30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

On Dec 19, 2005

You're right.

The only reason why I was even considering "okaying" this was because I trust the mom that brought the holiday cups filled with candy. (She even called me to ask what brands of candy canes were okay - so I feel pretty confident that they are okay, but *I* haven't checked the label...and we all know that innocent mistakes are made.)

Drew knows that there must be a label for mom, dad or teacher to check....this would have really sent him mixed messages. (Not to mention the mixed message to the teacher.)

I have emailed her and told her that I wasn't "okay" with it. I asked that the cups be given to the kids as they leave the room to go home and that *I* would come get Drew's.

Thanks for keeping me in check!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

On Dec 19, 2005

It is a pet peeve of mine when teachers/parents call and ask what brand is okay as though I am going to okay candy or cookies just by them telling me the brand is such and such. They mean well, but they never seem to get the fact that ingredients can change any time. Ever since the day that I saw chocolate creme oreos in the store, all looked alike, but some of the packages had milk and some didn`t, I absolutely won`t flex on this rule. I must read the ingredients on the actual package that dd is going to eat.

On Dec 19, 2005

Drew's mom you are doing the smart thing, congratulations.

People do not seem to realize that a life is at stake. We read labels and ponder yes or no but all in all a child's life is at stake and a stupid peanut is NOT going to kill my son if we can help it.

Peg

On Dec 19, 2005

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Originally posted by Drew's mom: [b]I asked that the cups be given to the kids as they leave the room to go home and that *I* would come get Drew's.[/b]

I heard back from her. She wants me to check the candy in the morning and then she will pass them out to the kids during class tomorrow. I understand her wanting to allow the child that brought them to have a "special moment" by passing out the cups and such. I told her that I would come in and check them (meaning - if they are okay for the other children to eat). I plan on bringing Drew's own candy cane and kisses for him to eat. I must be able to read the label. If there is no label, then he doesn't eat it. No compromising - it's my kiddo's life.

Thanks again!!

On Dec 19, 2005

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Originally posted by Carefulmom: [b]It is a pet peeve of mine when teachers/parents call and ask what brand is okay as though I am going to okay candy or cookies just by them telling me the brand is such and such. They mean well, but they never seem to get the fact that ingredients can change any time.[/b]

That's why when I get an email about a snack, I always reply, "Yes, Oreos (or whatever) are on the safe snack list. However, please check the label every time because manufacturing processes change periodically."

I have also recently quizzed Drew about what to do if his teacher gives him something (1) he has never had before; and (2) something he regularly eats - like Oreos. I'm proud to say [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img] that he passed with flying colors!!! (At least, he gave me the right answers....I hope and pray that he wouldn't have eaten the candy cane or the Kisses if the cups had been passed out today.....gulp...maybe we need to talk about this again tonight.)

On Dec 19, 2005

Drew'smom that is just what my son and I did forever. Little quizzes about how you would handle this situation. From the time he was diagnosed at 5 until just yesterday at 21.

We just do it naturally and he does not mind. It is just wise to keep it in the open.

peg

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