Should Peanuts be banned???

Posted on: Mon, 04/30/2007 - 11:37am
turlisa's picture
Joined: 08/29/2004 - 09:00

I know school is almost over for this year, and I have posted this before, but I thought I would bring it up again for people who are getting geared up for kindergarten next fall.

I freely give permission for anybody to use this if it can be helpful to you in any way, you need not email me for permission, however if you would like it in word format rather than copying from here, I would be glad to send it to you.

I am the mother of 3 wonderful kids. The oldest of the three is in second grade this year. Thankfully none of them have food allergies. My oldest is a very picky eater; I can

Posted on: Tue, 05/01/2007 - 12:17am
TwokidsNJ's picture
Joined: 05/28/2005 - 09:00

This is excellent, Lisa. Thank you for your compassion, and for taking the time to articulate this so nicely -- from the "other side" -- which makes it even more meaningful.

Posted on: Tue, 05/01/2007 - 12:48am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

that was great, I copy and pasted that for future use, thanks for posting!!!!
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Tue, 05/01/2007 - 1:26am
BBCBMom's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

Thank you Lisa. It is so nice to hear from someone on the outside that gets it.

Posted on: Tue, 05/01/2007 - 2:25am
Spoedig's picture
Joined: 09/17/2004 - 09:00

Thank you!
Whenever I hear someone say "my child won't eat anything but PB&J" -- I think:
The sure as **** would if they were allergic!

Posted on: Tue, 05/01/2007 - 3:38am
mommyofmatt's picture
Joined: 03/12/2004 - 09:00

Your timing couldn't be better! I forgot about your letter, thanks! [img][/img] Meg

Posted on: Tue, 05/01/2007 - 5:28am
HJK's picture
Joined: 06/07/2006 - 09:00

Thank you so very much for your compassion and thoughtfulness! I wish everyone could be as kind as you... I've already sent this on to family and friends for them to read as well.
Thank you!

Posted on: Tue, 05/01/2007 - 6:04am
krc's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

Thank you for taking your time to write such a great letter [img][/img]
10 yo dd- PA,TNA, tests pos to soy, CATS, many environmentals, Asthmatic
5 yo dd- NKA, avoiding nuts
3 yo dd- outgrown milk/soy, avoiding nuts

Posted on: Tue, 05/01/2007 - 7:42am
lakeswimr's picture
Joined: 02/01/2007 - 09:00

That is a very good letter. I read it before, I think, at
I just want to point out one small thing--sesame is actually as potent an allergen as peanut and unfortunately it is less well known so I consider it more difficult to avoid than peanut. Peanut butter is more common than hummus but hummus is every bit as scary to me as peanut butter (my son is allergic to both peanuts and sesame and other foods.) I always request people make things peanut, tree nut and sesame free if we are going to attend social functions and we sit out a lot when this can't be done. For school I would treat sesame *just* as peanuts and request neither be in DS's classroom (along with tree nuts which are also very potent, although not as potent as sesame or peanut.)
I thought this was important to point out because I think sesame, being known as a highly potent allergen by few, is more dangerous in many ways than peanut. I worry less about peanut because the word is out there that it is dangerous. And, actually, I find avoiding peanuts and tree nuts to be easier than avoiding DS's other allergens, dairy, egg and sesame. People are often willing to put away peanuts but not always DS's other allergens but he has had reactions from touching allergen residue and then his face to various allergens, not just peanut, and I treat them all as serious.
That said, I think peanut bans make sense, at least in classrooms. I would *love* school-wide bans, as well. But I don't agree that peanut alone is unique. Seeds are as potent as peanuts but can be hidden allergens--they don't have to label for them even! Anyway, hope I didn't sound negative. I really like this letter and think it can do a lot of good out there. Just hope you all will support us sesame and other highly potent allergen people as well as the kids who react to trace amounts of contact with other allergens as well. [img][/img]

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