Allergic child starting school

Posted on: Tue, 06/30/2009 - 6:08am
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Hello everyone! I am new here, but not very new to dealing with peanut allergies; my now four year old daughter was diagnosed two years ago. I joined this group because I am getting nervous about my daughter starting kindergarten and the potential for a reaction there and I am also nervous about my two month old developing a food allergy. Interacting in this forum will hopefully make me feel a little better just because I know that you all "get it", unlike so many others who do not deal with this issue.

Posted on: Tue, 06/30/2009 - 11:56am
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Welcome, rebkremer.
My son is about to begin kindergarten as well. He just finished his first and only year of preschool. He loved it and we had no problems, thankfully. Elementary school is a little more scary to me because it is a larger, less controlled environment, We opted for half day specifically to put off having lunch at school as long as we could!
I am sure you'll find many people in similar situations here. Hope our company helps!
Jennifer B
www.foodallergybuzz.com

Posted on: Tue, 06/30/2009 - 12:43pm
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Welcome rebkremer!
My son just finished kindergarten and I PROMISE you will survive! :)
I was so nervous and scared. We did full day which meant lunch in the cafe!! But I worked with the "resistant" school and managed to work out a great plan.
Start trying to work with your school now if you can. Get a care plan at minimum.
There's a ton of information here and I've also listed my experiences on my site with resources. Feel free to ask any questions on anything in particular or email me offline.
http://www.bestallergysites.com/category/allergy101/resources/
Best of luck!
Ruth

Posted on: Fri, 07/03/2009 - 1:58pm
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Your website is fabulous except there is no info for California. My son is starting K in September and I am also very scared. Does he have to wear a label? The school nurse did say he will be introduced to the cafe staff on the first day of school. I still do not feel any better about it. Oh, and it is a full day school. thanks

Posted on: Sat, 07/04/2009 - 9:05am
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There are a couple peanut free mom bloggers in CA who I bet would be more than happy to tell you about their experiences with a PA kindergartener: http://peanutfree.blogspot.com/ and http://peanutfreegallery.blogspot.com/ Check out their blogs and shoot them an email--I think they both would be more than happy to share their experiences and any CA specific info.
Best,
Jennifer B
www.foodallergybuzz.com

Posted on: Sun, 07/05/2009 - 9:45am
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jenniferfab,
Thank you for the great info. I will look into it. Thanks again. beli

Posted on: Sun, 07/05/2009 - 3:16pm
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beli-
Thank you for your kind comments on my site.
I think you may have misunderstood. Life threatening allergies are a disability covered under disability law. This is not state by state but is federal law. The resource page I linked for you is a list of resources regarding how to deal with schools no matter what state you are in.
I encourage you to read the articles on the resource page titled "Entering School With Food Allergies" and "When do you need a care plan?"
http://www.bestallergysites.com/category/allergy101/resources/
There is also a listing on my site for a food allergy support group in San Diego. They may be able to point you to another group in your area.
http://www.bestallergysites.com/basdirectory/sandiegofoodallergysupport/
No one here can tell you step by step what you need to do in your situation and at your school. Yes-your son can wear a med alert bracelet-many kids do, but he does not have to. That is up to you. That's the beauty of a care plan and working with the school.
Best of luck-any questions feel free to ask!
Ruth

Posted on: Thu, 07/16/2009 - 7:07am
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rebkremer,
Just want to say hello. I am in the same situation as you - not new to the allergy but getting nervous about my PA son starting Kindergarten.
Do you use Twitter? There is going to be a Twitter Party on July 23 called "Back to School" with food allergies.
Here's a link: http://www.socializr.com/event/420356645
(let me know if that doesn't work - and I am sure others can point you to the same place).
I "attended" the last twitter party and I found that it was helpful to see what others had to say. I learned and made some great contacts with others in my same situation.
Jane Anne

Posted on: Thu, 07/16/2009 - 9:46am
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Jane Anne,
Thanks for the mention of the Twitter party. But more importantly-I'm so glad that you enjoyed it!
For those that don't have or use twitter-you can sign up for an account for free. Or, you can follow along with the party without using twitter-you just can't post a question or response.
Thanks again Jane Anne-hope to see your tweet on 7/23!
Ruth

Posted on: Tue, 07/21/2009 - 1:46am
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Ruth,
I'll be there in some form or fashion. It may be hard to keep up b/c I have small children. By the way, on twitter I am "Gravity of Motion". That's the name of my blog, as well.
Looking forward to the party. I love the Twitter topic for the party - very, very timely.
Jane Anne

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