Moms of preschool age kids - non Peanut free?

Posted on: Tue, 11/13/2007 - 12:35pm
Marcela's picture
Joined: 11/09/2007 - 00:13

My daughter just started preschool a few weeks ago and it is not peanut free. I'm nervous about her continuing to go there because of her newly diagnosed PA. I've talked to the director and they currently have PA kids at the preschool and have epipens there as well. They just had a PA boy graduate who was there for three years and they never had an allergic reaction. They feel that it's important for the child to learn how to deal with their allergy, but they also do everything they can to make sure they do not eat any peanuts.

I'm having a hard time deciding what to do. I mean, from what she has told me, it seems like they would take good care of my daughter, but on the other hand, I feel like it would be so much less stressful if she was just at a peanut free preschool.


Posted on: Tue, 11/13/2007 - 1:10pm
SkyMom's picture
Joined: 10/27/2001 - 09:00

Marcela, at this age I think it would be safer if you could find a peanut free school. However, if there are none in your area this school does sound vigilant. I would ask to talk to the other pa kids' moms who attend/ed the school for more opinions. Good luck.

Posted on: Wed, 11/14/2007 - 1:12am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

If you could find a peanut free school and they have an opening I would switch her. You child will have plenty of time to get used to the world full of nuts. At this age avoidence is best! My son goes to a peanut free p-school and it just gives me a piece of mind when I bring him there. I still bring his own food with him when he goes. I know they do thier best to be peanut free but I feel better knowing exactly what he is eating at this age!

Posted on: Wed, 11/14/2007 - 1:36am
niche's picture
Joined: 02/05/2007 - 09:00

Hi, My son goes to a "peanut free preschool" The kids are not supposed to bring in Peanut Butter but are allowed to bring in alternate Treenut products to which my son also happens to be allergic. I have seen kids bring in Peanut butter. I have seen other peanut / nut products at the school. their Hamster food had peanuts in it. There was a nut in one of their projects. One of the rooms had a project working with Nuts. It has taken me 2 years but those things have been removed. We do not tell him it is safe there. We tell him he only eats what we send period. For special occasions I always try to make something.
It does make me feel like there is less risk than there will be next year when he goes to public school and many children will be eating peanut butter.

Posted on: Wed, 11/14/2007 - 4:07am
cp13's picture
Joined: 06/27/2007 - 09:00

What does not-peanut free mean? Do kids bring their own lunches? Does the school serve peanut butter and jelly for lunch? DD is 2 and goes to a peanut-free daycare. Even though it is peanut free I have still found snacks on their menu that have a may contains or processed in a facility warning. For instance, they serve Stouffer's Animal Crackers. So, I have given special instructions for which snacks DD can have and can't have. I would be uncomfortable with DD eating with kids who were eating PB&J for lunch or peanut butter cookies as a snack but even at a peanut-free facility you may deal with 'may contain' products.

Posted on: Wed, 11/14/2007 - 5:11am
mamakasper's picture
Joined: 08/23/2007 - 09:00

My son's preschool is not nut-free. Now, he is only TNA, not PNA, so I know the issues are worse for PNA. In general, though, I have to say that I think it really depends on the attitute of the teacher and some of the policies more than the pre-school's "nut-free" policy.
My son's teacher is vigilant about the whole thing. Last year, she had 5 kids with severe allergies, and put lots of protocols in place to protect them. This year, it's only my son who has an allergy, but she and her assistants watch him very carefully at lunch. He has his own assigned table, and only kids with safe lunches are allowed to sit with him. They also have a strict no-food-sharing policy. She really inspires confidence. She is very knowledgable about recognizing signs of a reaction, and all of his epi-pens etc are in the classroom.
At my son's preschool, the school provides all of the snacks, and they never serve anything with nuts. They are very aware of allergies. However, I have a friend who sends her son to a nut-free preschool where the parents rotate bringing in snacks. The other day, a mom sent in peanut M&Ms! I feel much better about an allergy-aware school controlling the snack situation than well-meaning (hopefully) parents at a nut-free school.
Also, my son had a reaction the other day that landed us in the ER. It did not happen at preschool. He reacted to a bite of a grilled cheese sandwich - the bread had some hazelnuts crushed up into, not visible to the naked eye -- it looked like simple sandwich bread. Parents could easily send in sandwiches made out of this bread for their kids' lunches, at a nut-free school without even knowing better. Our experience is that at my son's school, they keep a very watchful eye, whereas maybe at a nut-free school, the staff might let their guard down a bit.
Still, if my son hadn't already attended this preschool for year before his allergy was diagnosed, I would probably have put him in a nut-free preschool, as long as parents weren't in charge of bringing in snacks.
Sorry so long. I've just been thinking about this a lot lately. It seems like my son attends one of the only non nut-free preschools in teh area...
ds. age4, TNA

Posted on: Thu, 11/15/2007 - 8:51am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Our peanut free school is exactly that. No parents can bring in food. All food is supplied. No may contains or made in same facility. PERIOD! And thankfully they are very strict about what is allowed for parties too.
Forgot to add: Parents of children with food allergies are allowed to bring in alternative food which I do just to be safe!
I always think of that sweet little boy in Australia and just won't take a chance.

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