main complaint

Posted on: Tue, 09/30/2003 - 2:21am
sport's picture
Joined: 10/01/2002 - 09:00

What is your main complaint with the public school system regarding peanut allergy? I have two children with pa and teach school and would like to know how we as teachers can help with this problem. I do not have many problems at the school my children attend. I realize after reading a lot of the posts here, that we are very lucky. Thank you for your time taken to read and answer this.

Posted on: Tue, 09/30/2003 - 2:59am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

The lack of at least one [b]Full Time Certified School Nurse, BSN Prepared [/b] in [b]every[/b] school building. More if [i]indicated[/i].
Broad experience/Pediatric/Critical Care/Triage [i]a plus[/i] as always.
To me, this is [b]as[/b] important as having [i]teachers[/i].
No Disclaimer necessary.

Posted on: Tue, 09/30/2003 - 4:32am
sport's picture
Joined: 10/01/2002 - 09:00

Could'nt agree more!! Who trains the teacher or nurse at your schools to use epi-pen??

Posted on: Tue, 09/30/2003 - 5:56am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

Too much emphasis on food in the school environment.

Posted on: Tue, 09/30/2003 - 8:44am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by sport:
[b]Could'nt agree more!! Who trains the teacher or nurse at your schools to use epi-pen?? [/b]
I homeschool. [img][/img] I don't quite understand the question. who trains the teacher? or who trains others, the teacher or nurse? Can't speak for other Registered Nurses, but my first experience in administering epinephrine did not come in the form of an epi-pen. Neither did my first IM administraion come in the form of an epi-pen. Before I became a mother of a child at risk for anaphylaxis, I was trained to recognize such. As well as a other conditions that call for the administration of epinephrine. Of course, all under physician's orders or under Protocols such as ACLS. (In which I am certified).
I can't begin to list the countless conditions/needs that require administration of various medications IV, PO, IM, SQ, PR, etc. As a critical care nurse, I am expected/required to observe for S and S of adverse reaction, change in condition, efficacy, etc., related to certain medications and report such to appropriate persons involved in the patient's care in order that they may adjust such medications as necessary.
Of course, as new products, equipment, and delivery systems are made available to me, [i]formal inservices[/i] by [b]approved and certified personnel[/b], (employed? and insured?) are provided. Take CPR renewal, for instance. ACLS as well. Many times, pharmaceutical companies send out "reps" who have been formally trained in product use to "inservice" us. Many times, these persons also have [i]professional licenses[/i].
edited to add "Registered". [img][/img]
[This message has been edited by MommaBear (edited September 30, 2003).]

Posted on: Tue, 09/30/2003 - 8:48am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by California Mom:
[b]Too much emphasis on food in the school environment.
Oh Miriam I agree 100%. Even our Synagogue serves peanut butter to the kids for after services meals. The whole place reeks of it.
Why is it always food? There are so many other things to get us together.

Posted on: Tue, 09/30/2003 - 10:27am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

We are only in preschool and I have to also say emphasis on food in the classroom. I especially cringe at all the baking projects and food used in crafts when so many craft supplies are readily available. Also, specifically, alot of sweets at every party and celebration. How about one sweet each time and fruit and veggies??? Or a special activity rather than a special food celebration. becca

Posted on: Tue, 09/30/2003 - 12:51pm
kelly01's picture
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

I am alos in agreement with California Mom. Unfortunately it is not just school, but it seems every kid activity (soccer, TBall, etc) revolves around a treat. I know that even parents of non-allergic kids are weary of it...but I don't think anyone knows how to stop the cycle!

Posted on: Tue, 09/30/2003 - 11:14pm
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Even though my primary school child does not have food allergies I also feel *everything revolves around food*. And yet, people complain so much about children having weight problems.
I think I know why there are so many baking projects and food crafts. It's all the talk about the environment. Everything is supposed to be *environmentally friendly* and it's always assumed food is. Of course, now that food comes in three wrappers to keep it safe from tampering, I'm not so sure just how environmentally friendly it is.
Hmmm! I'm going back to the Main Forum to raise a *survey* question.

Posted on: Tue, 09/30/2003 - 11:59pm
sport's picture
Joined: 10/01/2002 - 09:00

MommaBear--I thought I replied to you already, but I don't know where it is. I'm not to spunky on this computer. At our school, the nurse has to split her time between two schools, so the epi-pen stays in their room. The teachers had to be shown how to administer the drug. I just wondered who at other schools keeps the medicine and is responsible for showing others how to use it?? (music teacher, p.e. teacher, and so on)I know the nurse know how, but she still had to be told what to expect and when to use it.

Posted on: Wed, 10/01/2003 - 12:00am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Well, my dh and I think alot of the food projects and crafts have represented a lack of creativity in tha particular case of our teacher last year. The kids love making them eating things with sweets, and LOVE her for it. Always candy, and she supposedly was toning it down after my dd entered her class! February was "chocolate month" including taste testing *blindfolded*. I do not like the thought of my dd eating anything that is a mystery after all the training we have done for her to know exactly what she eats. I was there that day to tell her it was okay(it was safe stuff for her).
Our school was definately to the extreme and especially this teacher. Our new teacher this year is much better! However, the school has a huge kitchen(it is in a church) and they do feel lucky to have the kids be able to use it. And I do see the value in making things(measuring, mixing for motor skills, counting, etc....).
Many parents I spoke with to ask if it bothered them frankly had no idea what their kids were eating at school. No idea at all. They don't need to know. I would still care if there were no allergies because dh and I always wanted to try to influence heathier eating in our children.
Sorry for thr rant! Getting off soapbox now. becca



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