Mark NAME on Lunchboxes!

Posted on: Thu, 09/06/2007 - 11:40am
TwokidsNJ's picture
Joined: 05/28/2005 - 09:00

Apparently there was an incident at our school the first day where two 1st graders had lunch boxes mixed up. One kid had wheat allergy, and ate a large bagel in the lunchbox he got.

He had a reaction and I understand was given Epipen. This was the first day of school, on the nurse's first day in her new job, on the first day our new but not yet communicated allergy policy was put in place.

I am trying to confirm the story.

But the moral is MARK the lunchbox with your child's name in BIG letters, and check PROCEDURES for separation/identification of lunchboxes.

Posted on: Thu, 09/06/2007 - 11:50am
Sarahb's picture
Joined: 01/22/2007 - 09:00

Wow. WOW.

Posted on: Thu, 09/06/2007 - 11:59am
ceross's picture
Joined: 01/27/2004 - 09:00

Thanks for the reminder. I purchased allergy labels from [url=""][/url] for DD. I liked these because you could customize them with up to 6 allergens (and we used all 6 slots). I'll have to put on on her lunch bag. I've already labeled her allergy paperwork, safe snack boxes, and Epi-Pen storage with these.

Posted on: Thu, 09/06/2007 - 12:44pm
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

yes, that would freak me out big time!!! Name is marked(with a Sharpie) and even have an allergy sticker too(on box and all baggies)!!! Thanks for the reminder, what a mess!!!
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig, hamster & asthma)
Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, all seeds(sesame, sunflower, poppy, pine nut) beef, chicken, eggs, coconut, green beans/all beans, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-4 (peanut, tree nuts, milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig, hamster, grass, mold, dust mite and EE)
Savannah-1 1/2 (milk, beef and egg, dog(avoiding peanuts, tree nuts, strawberries, seeds, legumes and corn)
[This message has been edited by chanda4 (edited September 07, 2007).]

Posted on: Thu, 09/06/2007 - 1:41pm
ilismama's picture
Joined: 02/06/2007 - 09:00

my daughters lunch CONTAINERS got mixed up w/another child's once. they looked similar & the food was heated seperately & she ended up w/the wrong food. thankfully the food was safe for her but ever since then we mark each container...whether it's one from home or a juice box, a yogurt or a ziploc bag w/snacks in has her name on it somewhere if she is supposed to be eating it.
maybe that could be done as well as the lunch box...just to play it safe!
[This message has been edited by ilismama (edited September 06, 2007).]

Posted on: Thu, 09/06/2007 - 8:56pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Ryan's lunches have always been stored separate from the "communal" lunch/coat area in the classroom. His was stored in a storage cabinet far away from the others in the classroom. And, yes, his name is on his lunch bag too. Those two things helped prevent any mixups.
Now he has a locker so it's stored there.

Posted on: Fri, 09/07/2007 - 2:21am
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

have to add, put name on both sides of lunchbox.
This was our problem during our sons first term at school. Two boys with the same lunch box, each were named , but on the back. The children look at front of their box, but not their name.
My son took a cereal peanut bar out of box, asked a teacher to open it for him, she did , he put it in mouth, and she walked away. This was during morning play outside in the playground.
I like the idea of keeping lunch box away from the others, a much safer Idea IMO.

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