Need Help

Posted on: Tue, 07/25/2000 - 2:34pm
Melissa Ann's picture
Joined: 07/26/2000 - 09:00

I am a parent of two children who will be goig to a school the is soon to bee peanut free. There are some parent that are upset about this, they have concerns about the families of lower income who make a little to much to qulify for discounted lunches and use peanut butter as a main staple for their child. And we have a several childern in school that peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches are the only thing the parents can get them to eat for luches.The parents and I would like some help on geting some ideas on how we could up with a plan that would meet with everyone approval and so that I can help to educate our school on this scince none of us that have concrens both way know how to deal with this.

Posted on: Sun, 08/13/2000 - 10:49pm
mkruby's picture
Joined: 05/01/2000 - 09:00

I don't know if this helps at all, but I have used hydrocortizone cream on my lips when I had allergic reactions on my lips. I break out from eating bananas on my lips and around my mouth, among other fruits too...obviously not too much though since it is the mouth area.

Posted on: Mon, 08/14/2000 - 3:52pm
jrizos's picture
Joined: 05/30/2000 - 09:00

benedryl will help if the sores are caused from an allergic reaction.

Posted on: Mon, 08/14/2000 - 11:51pm
Brenda J's picture
Joined: 03/05/2000 - 09:00

I have found blistex pretty useless. The best thing I have used is a product called Carmex, hope it help if you decide to give it a try

Posted on: Thu, 08/17/2000 - 3:39am
dettu's picture
Joined: 08/12/1999 - 09:00

If you aren't allergic, you can try using pure lanolin. Lansinoh is a kind in a tube, intended for breastfeeding moms to use on their nipples so you'll find it in the baby department in places like Target. I use this for chapped lips, especially at night; it's thicker than lip balm and does a better job.

Posted on: Thu, 08/17/2000 - 6:08am
Claire's picture
Joined: 04/19/2000 - 09:00

Hi I just was wondering if you do find out that a cream that has been suggestd works would you please see an allergist!! You could start having a more serious reaction one of these times. The cream may help this time but next time you may need emergency care. I have a brother allergic to shell fish and his reaction was minor and now very serious. just a suggestion. Claire

Posted on: Thu, 08/17/2000 - 9:15am
Lisa M's picture
Joined: 03/07/1999 - 09:00

I had a problem with Blistex after having an allergic reaction to a lipstick. I read that Blistex should be used for a short amount of time and after that it could make lips more irritated. I went to a dermatologist that prescribed a hydrocortisone ointment (Westcorte).

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2000 - 2:37am
no peanuts for auriel's picture
Joined: 07/22/2000 - 09:00

Are the PA children in your school allergic to the smell as well as touch and eating? IF they're not allergic to the smell, why couldn't you have a few peanut free tables in the caf for those allergic?

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2000 - 6:13am
Melissa Ann's picture
Joined: 07/26/2000 - 09:00

We where just informed today that it is smell, touch and taste. Parents are still intrested in alturnitive solutions to satisfy both sides.

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2000 - 7:32am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I probably have more to add to your post than this but the low income = need for peanut butter thing is pure and utter nonsense. I wish people would start thinking more clearly. I have lived on a very tight income and managed to feed my 2 children, one PA, without ever including PB in their diet. I don't think it has to do with income, I think it has to do with laziness (c'mon, look how easy it is to make a pb sandwich) and lack of creativity in looking for alternative nutritious food sources. I know I do have more to add to your post in response, but I really HATE it when people use the excuse of low income for having to feed their children pb. It's pure BS and I would debate this with any person that said otherwise. I know low income and I know live without PB!

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2000 - 4:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

MelissaAnne, check out the Safe Snacks thread going under schools and you will find a posting I did only yesterday which gives a link to a website that had an article re healthy snacks for kids. Of course, pb was on there, but maybe that would be of some help, especially when you see the whole list of foods to choose from. Would you feel comfortable with "peanut free" tables in the cafeteria, if there is one (the children at my son's school eat in their classroom) that were quite a distance from the other tables?
Would the smell be carried that far and still trigger a reaction? I must have a harder line on this because, although I tend to be a "people pleaser" and am constantly seeking everyone's approval, despite being just middle-aged, I really would have two questions to ask the people that are complaining. Would you like your child to see another child die or come close to death right in front of them? What are you teaching your child by telling them that what they eat is more important than another child's life? Also, my best friend, one of her children loved to have PB sandwiches for lunch and since Karen became aware of the severity of my son's allergy she did not send any peanut products into the school with her three children despite the fact that none of her children were in my son's "peanut free" classroom. It was out of respect not only for me and my son who she knows, but out of respect for a child's life. I'm just not clear where people get their attitudes from and it really enangers me. I hope you're able to get something worked out. Maybe if you keep posting as you work through it you'll find some solutions from other people who have been there. I'm very fortunate in that my son does have a "peanut free" classroom and that the kids do eat in the classroom. The class is even "peanut free" on the days that he is not in school - he is only going into SK, so 2 or 3 days a week depending on the week. But the alternating class on the other days has to be "peanut free" too. I don't know if there were any complaints but if there were I didn't hear about them.


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