How many pa children in you town/city?

Posted on: Sun, 04/13/2003 - 4:58am
mom2cuties's picture
Joined: 02/21/2002 - 09:00

I wonder sometimes if our pa family live in our own *little world* with having a peanut allergic child. [img][/img] We live in a very small town with 2000 or so people and our dd is the only one with this allergy. No one knows anything about this allergy except from what we have told them.

So, how many people do you know in your town/city that is pa? Is there anyone who is the only one (or has a child) in the town who has this allergy and you visit to feel like you are not alone in this peanut-free world?

Mom of 2 cuties...3 yr old daughter who has peanut allergy and 7 yr old son who has no allergies.

Posted on: Sun, 04/13/2003 - 7:54am
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

Fortunately (you know what I mean, not wishing PA on anyone of course) I think Mariah feels that she is not alone. In her circles she knows of other child with PA: a neighbor boy on our very street, 3 other children in her school, and a close family member (her cousin, who we see nearly every weekend).
Our favorite custard stand is run by a mother who has a son with PA. She has gone out of her way to make her business PA friendly. And a woman who works at our local grocery store has a son with PA. Brandy works in the floral department, but brings up the topic of PA at staff meetings and often mentions Mariah at them. Her kindness over the last 7 years has made such an impact on our lives.
Still, even with all of these people in her life, it can be very hard for Mariah. She loves seeing children's photos in the FAAN kidsnews. I'm sure it must be so much more difficult for you.
Perhaps your child would like a PA penpal?

Posted on: Sun, 04/13/2003 - 8:57am
Kathy L.'s picture
Joined: 07/30/1999 - 09:00

Well, in our elementary school of 800 children, including my daughter, there are three pa children (that I know of), and one that just went up to middle school. The total food-allergic children is seven. There are two (soon to be three) middle schools and three high schools. It will be interesting to find out what the percentages are there.

Posted on: Sun, 04/13/2003 - 9:32pm
mom2cuties's picture
Joined: 02/21/2002 - 09:00

Although we have no one around us that has peanut allergy, we do have family members (not close) who have allergies.
I think when my dd gets a little older, she may want a pa penpal. She is only 3 yet so she doesn't really know what it is like to live in the *real world* When she starts school she will be the only one with pa. Right now that school is not peanut-free.

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 2:06am
LaurensMom's picture
Joined: 05/23/2001 - 09:00

Yes, but we had to do some research. When preparing Lauren's school for her, we discovered no one person has info on how many kids were in the school system. So we called each school in the district and came up with 38 (I was about there anyway) kids from k-12.

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 9:44am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

We know of at least 10 other PA kids in this town, and several others in neighboring towns. Kevin definitely doesn't feel alone.

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 1:09pm
Connielynn's picture
Joined: 08/27/2002 - 09:00

In our town, none. In our hs group of twenty families, there are two more girls. Our hs group is all of SW Ne and down into Ks. A very large area.

Posted on: Tue, 04/15/2003 - 7:52am
arachide's picture
Joined: 08/16/2000 - 09:00

I live in Montreal (population approx. 3.5 million).
A recent study revealed that about 15 out of every 1000 school kids between the ages of 5 and 9 were PA.
At my son`s school there are 10 PA kids.

Posted on: Thu, 04/17/2003 - 1:24pm
Mir's picture
Joined: 02/12/2001 - 09:00

At my son's daycare, he is the only PA in his room, although there are two other food allergic (milk and egg) kids in there with him. In the daycare as a whole there are currently either 3 or 4 PA kids.
At my daughter's preschool, there are two PA children just in my DD's class (not sure about the other classes). One of my best friends has a multiple food allergy son (peanuts as well as other stuff) and she reports that he is currently the only PA in his class but there are a few others at the elementary school.
I live in a small town and have been surprised at how many other food allergic families we've either met or heard of.
[This message has been edited by Mir (edited April 17, 2003).]

Posted on: Sun, 04/20/2003 - 5:17pm
beansmama's picture
Joined: 10/03/2002 - 09:00

I live in a town of about 150,000 - and I know of 3 other PA kids in my Church, and 2 in my son's preschool.
I'm guessing there are quite a few, especially since I've been informed that our district of elementary schools (49 total) have action plans in place for PA kids. =)
Though, I don't know of anyone personally... I am going to a support group meeting on Wednesday night - and I'm sure I'll be meeting some!

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