Kindergarten son accident ingested trail mix w/candy coated peanuts in school snack

Posted on: Tue, 10/26/2004 - 6:48am
melody's picture
Joined: 10/26/2004 - 09:00

My husband and I had our worst nightmare come to pass two weeks ago. Even though the teacher and principal and nurse knew about my child's peanut allergy, his class had a snack that had homemade trail mix and in it was candy coated peanuts. The teacher had sent letters to all parents at the beginning of the school year telling them there was a child in the classroom with a peanut allergy and do not bring snacks that contain peanuts in it. Each child has a snack day once a month. The student's mom is also a teacher there at the same school and she claims she read the letter and forgot all about the peanuts. The teacher also forgot but realized it after she bit into a peanut herself. The teacher immediately saw that my child was having allergic reactions and the school nurse happened to by walking by and admnistered the epi-pen and sent him to the hospital via ambulance. It was very scary. I pray with my children every day before we leave to go to school and I know that God saved his life. It was a very bad experience. I'm getting teary-eyed just thinking about what his little body had to go through at the school's expense. Has anyone had an experience like this? My son was diagnosed with the peanut allergy when he was only one year old. He has never ingested any peanuts. We only found out he was allergic when I was baking peanut butter cookies and he broke out in whelps and he started wheezing. And, of course, he was tested at one year old and it came out positive. Since then we have been able to keep this kind of accident from happening.

Posted on: Tue, 10/26/2004 - 8:55am
2boyMom's picture
Joined: 10/07/2004 - 09:00

Hi, Melody! I just wanted to say how sorry I am that this happened to your son and, consequently, your family! I hope your son is doing okay now, both physically and emotionally. I imagine that he was very afraid when that happened.
My son was almost 11 months old when his first reaction occurred. He just turned 5 and hasn't had any exposures since the first. Your story is a great fear of mine because my ds will start Kindergarten next year.
Just out of curiosity, is there a 504 in place for your son? If so, what are the stipulations? I'm glad his teacher caught the symptoms in time and that the nurse was handy, but oh, if she'd only checked it out before she handed the snack out to the kids! Do you know how many peanuts were ingested or was it just a contact reaction?
What has the school said about it all?
Sorry to ask so many questions at once! God was surely protecting your boy that day.

Posted on: Tue, 10/26/2004 - 9:17am
srujed's picture
Joined: 09/05/2003 - 09:00

I don't have any experience in this situation but I just wanted to say I am sorry your son and your family had to go through this. I hope you are all doing ok, best wishes!

Posted on: Tue, 10/26/2004 - 12:08pm
pgrubbs's picture
Joined: 10/27/2003 - 09:00

I haven't had to deal with this, but this is so scary. I am so sorry!

Posted on: Tue, 10/26/2004 - 1:38pm
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

I am very very sorry this happened to your child.
No matter how many "rules" we have or how hard we work to prevent reactions, I know something will always slip through the cracks. It's not a question of "if" but "when."
Good thing you made sure the school was prepared to respond to an emergency. That saved your child, thank goodness!
I hope he's feeling better now.
Tomorrow my son is having a party in his classroom and all the parents are cooking the food. My son will not be allowed to have any of it, only the dish I am cooking, because I'm afraid of the same thing happening. It is too easy for other people to forget.

Posted on: Tue, 10/26/2004 - 1:44pm
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

I am [b]so[/b] sorry this happened. [img][/img] I would be most distressed that the teacher has (apparently) not been "checking" the snacks before your son consumes them. It is not enough to ask the parents not to send in peanut products; as happened in this case, people do forget. The teacher should [b]not[/b] forget, however. [img][/img]
I am so glad that your son is safe. It may be best to only allow him to eat food that you send in, from now on.
So sorry,
[img][/img] Miriam

Posted on: Tue, 10/26/2004 - 3:43pm
ElleMo's picture
Joined: 06/19/2003 - 09:00

I am sorry that this has happened to you.
The only thing I can suggest is to not allow your child to eat food that has not been prepared by you or commercially produced, with an ingredient label, by a company ou trust.

Posted on: Tue, 10/26/2004 - 9:03pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I am very sorry to hear that happened to your son.
Like above, I have to ask: Do you have a 504, what are the provisions, etc.?
I highly recommend a detailed "paper" plan like a 504 because there is no mistaking what to do. It is there in black and white. A 504 has "power" because it is a legal document that must be enforced. There is accountability.

Posted on: Tue, 10/26/2004 - 10:10pm
mommyofmatt's picture
Joined: 03/12/2004 - 09:00

I'm so sorry this happened to your son [img][/img] I hope he's feeling better now. My kids aren't in school yet, so I don't have any personal experience. But, I can see how this could happen all too easily. I'm just glad the staff acted quickly after it happened.
I see you've gotten some good advice, I'm just here to give you {{{{{HUGS}}}}}. I can only imagine how traumatic this has been for you and how much you're beating yourself up for this (we parents are so good at that [img][/img])...
If we all had a crystal ball to see exactly when and where our children would be in grave danger, this allergy wouldn't be so stressful for us.
Again, big {{{{{HUGS}}}}} and I'd be curious to know what the school's response is going forward. I hope this was a HUGE wakeup call to them!!
Meg, mom to:
Matt 2 yrs. PA,MA,EA
Sean 2 yrs. NKA

Posted on: Tue, 10/26/2004 - 11:12pm
2BusyBoys's picture
Joined: 09/03/2004 - 09:00

Thanks for sharing this. I hope your son is doing well.
Jodi mom to:
Dominic 5/22/01 NKA
Zachary 3/18/03 Peanuts, Dairy, Eggs, Avoiding all TN, Fish, Shellfish...

Posted on: Tue, 10/26/2004 - 11:21pm
jtolpin's picture
Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

I hope things are going better this morning...
I have been lax in mentioning here, but I'm meeting with the school committee again, to explain why a no-sharing food policy should be installed.
We are getting opposition from parents (why, I just don't know). I have talked to the committee once already, and will, again, on Nov 4th night...
I explained our own situation and what it means, and mentioend the buzzowrds including death... What I DIDN'T mention is discrimination, which I will this time around... as they are voting after the meeting, I believe...
I have the Mass DOE guidelines, which I'll quote from, and spend a good amount of time on this...
I may even, if I may, talk about this exact situation that occurred...
I'll talk about Jane Pauley's show, as well... and a boatload of info...
I'm sorry this happenned to your family.. What I am trying to pass for MY town is something that will stop this type of situation occurring...
Hoping for better days!
[b]* ENRICHED * [/b]


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