Lunch at School with Multiple Food Allergies

Posted on: Sun, 10/15/2006 - 12:32pm
PA-Mom's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/18/2006 - 09:00

My DD has multiple food allergies. Very allergic to peanuts (airborne). How does everyone handle lunch at school (elementary school)? Is a peanut free table acceptable if you are airborne and have other allergies? Do any of you take your child out of the school during lunch?

Posted on: Sun, 10/15/2006 - 12:40pm
krc's picture
krc
Offline
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

My Pa/Tn/soy dd sits at a pn free table and has since 1st (she is now 5th)
We have an adult monitor who also checks all the labels and lunches of those who sit beside her and also wipes table down with lysol before dd comes to lunch.
The airborne reactions she has had have been from people cracking peanuts (yes, I realize a silly situation for her to be in but she was dx in 98 and weren't aware of the seriousness of her allergy back then)
With airborne rx, she generally has a rx similar to an asthma attack and it has never required epi- thank goodness. I don't know what your situation is.
Our school cafeteria is not pn free and she has (knock on wood, I suppose) never had an airborne rx in school.
I should add, we pack her lunch everyday.
[This message has been edited by krc (edited October 15, 2006).]

Posted on: Sun, 10/15/2006 - 1:16pm
joeybeth's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

our school kitchens are peanut and nut free so the trays they serve are always safe. my child sits amongst the kids having school lunches every day (even when she brings her own lunch...which she does most often). the kids who bring their lunches to school sit on the other half of the cafeteria at separate tables.
so....the room is divided in two. lunchboxes and bags on one side and trays on the other. my daughter sits among the trays at the farthest point from the lunchboxes every day. (she even has a little handmade sign (i'm not even sure who made it) that says: "reserved for chase xxxx" and another little sign right beside it that says "reserved for xxxxx xxxxxx", who is her friend that she chose to sit beside her all year for lunch. i thought that was very nice of the school to make those changes for us.)
so far, it's working. she's 8 and in 2nd grade.
my older pa daughter is in the 5th grade and sits at a round table each day that holds about 8 kids. the kids vary day to day a bit and whether or not they eat school lunch or bring from home varies too. occasionally someone at her table will have pb or peanut products and will usually offer to relocate. very seldom does she have to sit near peanut products, though i do have concerns about the tabletop. she had a small, very minor contact reaction last week that i believe was the result of her resting her arm on a pb contaminated tabletop. a disposable placemat would be good for these instances.
the good news is, in our experience anyway, that the older the kids get the less pb seems to be a factor. it's just not as "cool" when your in 5th grade apparently. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
my girls are also sensitive to airborne peanut and pb but we've had very few problems in the large cafeteria. as long as it's not too close to them or too aromatic, we've been okay so far.

Posted on: Sun, 10/15/2006 - 12:40pm
krc's picture
krc
Offline
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

My Pa/Tn/soy dd sits at a pn free table and has since 1st (she is now 5th)
We have an adult monitor who also checks all the labels and lunches of those who sit beside her and also wipes table down with lysol before dd comes to lunch.
The airborne reactions she has had have been from people cracking peanuts (yes, I realize a silly situation for her to be in but she was dx in 98 and weren't aware of the seriousness of her allergy back then)
With airborne rx, she generally has a rx similar to an asthma attack and it has never required epi- thank goodness. I don't know what your situation is.
Our school cafeteria is not pn free and she has (knock on wood, I suppose) never had an airborne rx in school.
I should add, we pack her lunch everyday.
[This message has been edited by krc (edited October 15, 2006).]

Posted on: Sun, 10/15/2006 - 1:16pm
joeybeth's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

our school kitchens are peanut and nut free so the trays they serve are always safe. my child sits amongst the kids having school lunches every day (even when she brings her own lunch...which she does most often). the kids who bring their lunches to school sit on the other half of the cafeteria at separate tables.
so....the room is divided in two. lunchboxes and bags on one side and trays on the other. my daughter sits among the trays at the farthest point from the lunchboxes every day. (she even has a little handmade sign (i'm not even sure who made it) that says: "reserved for chase xxxx" and another little sign right beside it that says "reserved for xxxxx xxxxxx", who is her friend that she chose to sit beside her all year for lunch. i thought that was very nice of the school to make those changes for us.)
so far, it's working. she's 8 and in 2nd grade.
my older pa daughter is in the 5th grade and sits at a round table each day that holds about 8 kids. the kids vary day to day a bit and whether or not they eat school lunch or bring from home varies too. occasionally someone at her table will have pb or peanut products and will usually offer to relocate. very seldom does she have to sit near peanut products, though i do have concerns about the tabletop. she had a small, very minor contact reaction last week that i believe was the result of her resting her arm on a pb contaminated tabletop. a disposable placemat would be good for these instances.
the good news is, in our experience anyway, that the older the kids get the less pb seems to be a factor. it's just not as "cool" when your in 5th grade apparently. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
my girls are also sensitive to airborne peanut and pb but we've had very few problems in the large cafeteria. as long as it's not too close to them or too aromatic, we've been okay so far.

More Community Posts

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

create a new community post
Latest Post by absfabs Fri, 11/15/2019 - 5:32pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by Italia38 Tue, 11/12/2019 - 2:43pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by absfabs Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:23pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:10pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 11:47am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 3:43pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 2:48pm
Comments: 7
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:44pm
Comments: 12
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:35pm
Comments: 13
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/05/2019 - 2:11pm
Comments: 6
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/05/2019 - 2:09pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by chicken Tue, 11/05/2019 - 12:06pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by sunshinestate Mon, 11/04/2019 - 1:44pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 10/31/2019 - 11:20am
Comments: 2

More Articles

For people who suffer from anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can result from an allergy to...

Anaphylactic shock (A-nuh-fih-LAK-tik shok): A severe and sometimes life-threatening immune system reaction to an antigen that a person has been...

In 1963 the American Medical Association designed a special symbol that would alert emergency medical personnel of special medical conditions when...

Finding allergy-free foods for an office potluck may seem impossible, but more options are available than you might think. Eating foods prepared...

One of the most difficult things for a parent to do is determine whether his or her toddler has a cold or a...

More Articles

More Articles

You no doubt have your own way of teaching people about your child’s food allergy, a way that suits your temperament, and style of communication....

Reliable peanut allergy statistics are not that easy to come by. There is a lot of available research on food allergies in general but not too...

Most people know that to enjoy whatever food safety accommodations an airline offers they need to inform the airline of their allergy prior to...

A 504 plan* documents food allergy accommodations agreed to by parents and their child’s school. Plans are typically created during a 504 meeting...

If there is a child at your children's school allergic to peanuts, the school probably discourages or may not allow peanut products to be brought...

If you are on a budget, but you need to wear some sort of notification that you have a peanut...

Unless we consciously carve out time for self-care, constant food allergy management can slowly erode our sense of well-being. Signs of allergy-...

Peanuts cause more severe food allergic reactions than other foods, followed by shellfish, fish, tree nuts and eggs. Although there is only a...

If you avoid peanuts, it’s likely you know the joy of cashews. Slightly sweet and smooth in texture, cashews provide not only relief to those with...

The prevalence of food allergy has dramatically increased over the past two to three decades, and not just among children. Preliminary results...

When someone in the family is diagnosed with a food allergy, a choice must be made whether to ban the problem food or foods from the home. The...

Looking for a fun way to share what you know about your own food allergies? Or are you hoping to educate the people around you in a fun way about...

According to the results of a new study, children lacking Vitamin D may be more susceptible to food allergies. Researchers working at the Albert...

If you or your child has a peanut or nut allergy, identifying the presence of nuts in food becomes a priority, but what if the written or spoken...

Soap allergies can cause a lot of discomfort and itching. If you suddenly develop a rash or bumps on your skin, you may suspect that you have an...