School Lunch - Chick-Fil-A

Posted on: Tue, 01/29/2008 - 3:50am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My daughter will be starting a new school in August. It is a private school that contracts with local restaurants to bring in lunch. Fridays are chick-fil-a day.

Does anyone allow their PA child to eat Chick-Fil-A? How would you feel about them sharing a table with those kids who eat the meal?

I'm leaning towards the idea that as long as she has a separate table and the teachers wash everyone's face and hands...we are okay. Let me know your thoughts.

Calista is 2, we haven't been at this very long :)

Posted on: Tue, 01/29/2008 - 6:46am
joyojoy's picture
Joined: 12/15/2007 - 08:00

I have a friend whose daughter is PA, and she eats Chik-Fil-A all the time with no problems. I'm not that brave. My daughter's school does the same thing, and I have allowed her to eat their grilled chicken sandwiches and French fries (which are cooked in vegetable oil), and we've never had any problems. But my daughter's in 9th grade, and we don't have the "mess" issues that a room full of two-year-olds would have.

Posted on: Tue, 01/29/2008 - 8:16pm
nicolimom's picture
Joined: 02/04/2004 - 09:00

My son did have a reaction to Chic-Fil-A a few years ago- a head to toe rash that lasted days. At the time I didn't know that they used peanut oil..lesson learned. My son had the chicken nuggets I think. From what I understand, this reaction is not the norm, but my son's allergy is quite severe, so maybe that is a factor.
Other people with kids who have pa say it's not a problem, so I am just sharing my experience. Good luck deciding.

Posted on: Thu, 01/31/2008 - 4:23am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

What do you think of the potential residue from the other children? When C was first diagnosed, the allergist mentioned that if other kids ate peanuts and then touched a toy...the residue might cause a reaction. Any experiences with this?
I don't think I'm brave enough to let her eat it, but have her at a separate table.

Posted on: Thu, 01/31/2008 - 9:17am
Spoedig's picture
Joined: 09/17/2004 - 09:00

My son is contact allergic to PA/TN and he did react to playing with a child who had eaten pb and washed 3-4 hours earlier. Many on this site have more of the toy/play equipment reaction stories.
Just my opinion -- BUT...who needs to eat Chick-Fil-A??? Send something else for her to eat.

Posted on: Thu, 01/31/2008 - 9:56am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My son had a contact reaction from another child eating pbj and then touching the toys and my son came behind him and touched the toys. He broke out into whelps for days and was itchy all over. He has never eaten chick-fil-a because I know they use peanut oil. I would be wary of a bunch of kids eating chick-fil-a then playing with my child. I have a low comfort level. You might feel different. Tell whomever to make sure that all the children wash their hands.

Posted on: Mon, 02/04/2008 - 3:25am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I'm glad to know that people have actually had reactions from touching toys. Our allergist just said "there's a risk" but couldn't say whether or not it would actually happen. Now I can point to real people and say that it does happen.
I wondered if the allergist was just "CYA" -- everything is a risk...
I will talk to the school and see if we can't change the lunch menu--may have to change schools. Wish I didn't have to be the trailblazer here. I've had several daycare/private schools turn her down because of PA.
Thank you...learning so much here.

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