Sharing: Staying Safe in Elementary School - Peanut Allergy Information

Sharing: Staying Safe in Elementary School

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Posted a blog post today about being safe at school with a peanut allergy. I'm sharing it with hopes it encourages others.

Here's the post: Staying Safe in Elementary School with a Peanut Allergy:

By pnutfreemamma on Aug 10, 2010

I have tried many of these approaches....especially prayer! However; today, my son went to kindergarten for his first day... he came home safe, which was a relief. I was in constant panic all day. when the kids came home I offered snack as always and my PA son said he didn't eat all day. He was afraid to eat because he tried to ask several helpers/teachers if the food was safe and they ignored him and one told him to dump his food!!! I am so sad for him. I thought I have done a good job explaining and making the awareness well known, but some just don't care! I feel like I will have to call or be to the school everyday because they don't get it or try to. I can't afford to run to the school everyday because it is 10 miles away(scary in itself) and single motherhood limits finances pretty bad, not to mention my vehicle has been disabled for 2 weeks. How do I get the point across; without camping at the school, that this is serious, life threatening to my youngest?

By nfceagles on Aug 27, 2010

I don't in any way mean to suggest that the school shouldn't be more helpful. But if they aren't, maybe the best way to keep your DS safe is to teach him how to identify his safe food. Is it half-day K with just a snack? Buy him a unique, clearly identifiable container that he knows is his. It sounds like he already knows not to eat food he's not sure about. Fill his container with safe food and make sure he can open them himself without assistance. For example, cut a slit in bagged items so he can easily pull them open. Just an idea. Sorry you're having trouble. My allergic DS starts K next week so I get where you're coming from.