Replacing lost thread about non pa school kids

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Hi again,

My entire thread titled "What are your school plans for your NON-allergic child" was lost the other night after I tried to reply to it.

Chris was able to retrieve my last post, but that was all. I will copy and paste it here.

Thanks again for your replies and sorry they got lost. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Hi everyone, Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. My computer is giving me a hard time lately. I'm surprised I actually got on here tonight!

Thanks for all of your comments and suggestions. I haven't had a chance to set up a meeting with the principal yet, but am hoping to do so tomorrow.

I had a thought tonight. I might ask my preschooler her feelings on the whole thing. I never really thought about asking her for her opinion. I'll let you know what happens.

Are there any of you out there who have older allergic/airborne sensitive kids in a NON nut-free school with younger NON-allergic kids?

------------------ Peanut/Nut-free wishes, Victoria

[This message has been edited by vic (edited April 24, 2002).]

On May 1, 2002

I had an excellent meeting with the principal yesterday re Mary being NON-allergic, but a messy eater/contaminating her brother. I explained to him that we don't want to make Mary "pay for" (for a lack of better words) Mick's allergy, but we don't want her to accidently bring something home on her or her clothes causing her brother serious problems.

He suggested that we set up a peanut/nut-free table just inside the cafeteria where she could sit with friends who brought safe lunches. She could be monitored closely and still participate with her Kindergarten friends. Her teachers would work with us in keeping her hands and face washed, etc.

I thought that was a good idea. It will help her in the future to be a responsible eater and keep her brother safe.

Any thoughts?

------------------ Peanut/Nut-free wishes, Victoria

On May 19, 2002

Vic, wow, I was hoping that I may be able to say something to help because we're in very similar situations - the only difference is that our children don't go to a cafeteria, they eat in their classrooms.

I'm really anxious to see what response you do get. I know when I originally read your post I thought that it is rather like stigmatizing (if you will) your daughter as though she were a PA child (the separate table in the cafeteria and only other children with safe lunches being able to sit with her), but again, it's your son's life we're talking about ultimately here.

I just find this really difficult and I am SO pleased that we don't have the cafeteria situation to deal with yet.

I'm sorry I couldn't be of any help at all, but I am anxious to see what response you do get. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On May 20, 2002

Our situation is reversed with the non-allergic child older(7 1/2) and the child with MFA's younger (5 1/2), but this is what we do(maybe it will be helpful to you). My older son does not eat peanut or nut products (he hasn't since he was 3, chooses not to because of his brother, and always asks). He sits at a regular table, but always brings his own snack and lunch, except on pizza day. You also have to consider parties and other food events, that seem to happen too often. After school, he washes his hands and face, just in case. When he was younger (preschool and K), I would sometimes have him change his clothes after school, if he had spilled. This has worked out fine for us so far (no known contact reaction, knock on wood!). Andrea

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