# of Years Your Child Has Been in School + # of Reactions While At School?

Posted on: Fri, 07/14/2006 - 12:00am
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How many years has your child gone to school? How many reactions has your child had at school?

If your child has had a reaction at school, if you can, could you be more specific, if you know the cause/source?

Thinking about this because my son just finished his 7th year of school and is now moving into Middle School. He has had one anaphylactic reaction at school, three almost four years ago. It was at a breakfast program ("peanut free") that I was running. So, in reality, I don't even consider this a reaction "at school" if that makes any sense.

If your child hasn't reacted at school, do you think there is a reason(s) why? If you child has reacted at school, again, do you think there is a reason(s) why?

I consider my son sensitive although we have not dealt with an airborne or contact reaction, ttbomn. Out of his six/seven reactions, three have been anaphylactic.

I think having a "peanut free" classroom certainly helped "reduce the risk" for Jess.
Otherwise, you know what? I just kinda think it's luck of the draw.

Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk up to heaven and bring you back home with me.

Posted on: Fri, 07/14/2006 - 1:07am
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Joined: 01/12/2006 - 09:00

Years in school (preschool to gr 4)-= 6yrs total.
Reactions at school= None. However, was treated w/ Benedryl at after school (at the school) Brownie meeting. Bit into a granola bar w/ peanuts in it. Nothing happened, but given Benedryl just in case.
Reactions-why/why not?= DD does not have peanut free class/school. The class/teachers/friends knows of her allergy. She moves away from people eating PB for lunch. Washes hands, reads labels, doesn't eat what is not approved by me.

Posted on: Fri, 07/14/2006 - 1:47am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

4 years (K-3) and no reactions that I can recall.
I think the key has been that EVERYone involved with our son has been educated about PA and its severity. They don't want to take any chances.
Edited to add: Well, the school has been wonderful about "taking no chances" but the PTA has been a different story. The difference? They have NOT been educated. Why not? It wasn't really an issue until this past year. If it looks like this year may follow in last year's footsteps (i.e. "What's the big deal? Why is she so against having food in school?" etc...) we will have to have a little class on FAs at the PTA meeting. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] BTW, the school handled the PTA just fine in terms of keeping the food out altogether or safe for everyone - not just my son - but maybe a little more educating would help everybody. We'll see how things go this coming year.
[This message has been edited by Lam (edited July 14, 2006).]

Posted on: Fri, 07/14/2006 - 1:54am
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Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by csc:
[b]How many years has your child gone to school? [/b]
Mariah will be entering 7th grade so, 7 years of full-day public school, plus 2 years of half day pre-school (3 day/week).
[b]How many reactions has your child had at school?[/b]
She's had about a dozen reactions at school, with 9 of them occurring in 1st grade. None of her reactions are what I'd consider 'anaphylactic'. . . they involved hives, itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, etc. ; no mouth or breathing involved. All episodes resolved with benadryl.
[b]If your child has had a reaction at school, if you can, could you be more specific, if you know the cause/source?[/b]
Based on her symptoms, we believe all her reactions were from contact. The source was never really determined, but we believe it was because the teacher was lax and did not enforce a "nut free" classroom. All subsequent years had "food free" classrooms and Mariah did not have any more reactions.
[b]If you child has reacted at school, again, do you think there is a reason(s) why?[/b]
I believe her reactions were from peanut residue in her classroom.

Posted on: Fri, 07/14/2006 - 1:56am
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Joined: 01/16/2004 - 09:00

For me, 18 years of school (including college), no reactions. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I ate in the cafeteria (eating the cafeteria food), at non-peanut free tables. No peanut free classrooms. My best friend who sat about 6 inches from me had something with peanuts every day. My roommate would eat PB in our room, confined to her bed, and I'd wetwipe the phone, door, sink handles, etc. afterward when she'd go to the bathroom.
I went to school before the PA explosion, so there were no 504's, no IEP's, no knowledge of the "traces can cause reactions" concept.
Sometimes I think that NOT having taken any precautions is what helped me not to react. Upped my resistance a bit, like SLIT or the Duke study. The traces I was exposed to in everyday life raised my tolerance level. But then, my only two reactions (aside from the giant SPT welt) were to PB candies that were actually in my mouth. So I could have just had a high tolerance to begin with. Who knows.

Posted on: Fri, 07/14/2006 - 2:37am
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Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

DD 1 yr preschool = reaction free
1 yr Kindergarten = 10 contact reactions
1 yr First grade = 3 contact reactions + resurgence of eczema (not sure if it's from peanut or dust exposure, but definitely correllates with school)
DS 1 yr preschool = reaction free
Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Fri, 07/14/2006 - 3:17am
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Shane is going into grade 8. His first (3) reactions were at daycare (under 1 year old). It wasn't until the third reaction we figured it out!
One contact reaction at school (non-ana). It was in the classroom serving treats. All the rest of his reactions he has been at home or out with DH &/or me.
Best part - no reactions at all in about 5 years! However still tests as highly allergic (SPT test only).
Starlight, I agree. At the same time each exposure has caused a greater reaction. So it is certainly a double-edged sword!!
Have a blessed day,

Posted on: Fri, 07/14/2006 - 4:30am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

DS is going into 3rd grade. He had no reactions that I think had anything to do w/ peanuts. In the spring I got a call from the school nurse (while I was chaperoning my DD's field trip, over an hour away). He had hives, was playing in a grassy field. He had no other symptoms, hives went away with benedryl, there was no other reason to suspect that he was exposed to peanuts, and considering he was playing in grass and weeds, I would assume that was the real cause. The nurse felt she should assume peanuts, but after speaking to me only gave benedryl, no epi.

Posted on: Fri, 07/14/2006 - 5:21am
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Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

daycare: 6 weeks, pn free room, 9-12 months old= no rxns that we are aware of.
daycare: 12 weeks, NOT pn free (parents were "asked not to send it" but did so routinely), 15-18 months old= many contact rxns, terrible eczema exacerbations, asthma, continuous ear infections, eventually pneumonia resulting in removal.
daycare/preschool, pn free, 20-24 months old= many contact rxns (many from egg?) two serious enough to require treatment with Benadryl and steroid cremes. We were (diplomatically, of course) asked to leave for her safety.
Cyberschool (three months, 3rd grade): two field trips, (day-long only, parent present, non-food oriented). One aerosol rxn-- she walked in the room, her eyes and nose poured and she had facial hives-- without touching [i]anything[/i]. This resolved after leaving the area and dosing with Benadryl and albuterol. The cause? cookies were being served. I can only imagine that they must have been pn.
Second event was rxn free.

Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2006 - 1:02am
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Jimmy's Mom - there's something in the Cross Reactive list about grass. I can't remember what but you may want to take a look at it. The reason I do remember anything at all [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img] is because I re-raise the Cross-Reactive list fairly often and one time I did re-read it. I remember on a couple of occasions thinking Jesse was having a PA reaction when it was, in fact, grass. One time I even ran him over to the hospital the hives were so bad. So, there's something in that list about peanuts + grass (my apologies - I need more coffee and I know this has nothing to do with reactions at school, I just thought you might find it an interesting read).
Wow. Great response, thank-you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I think what I was trying to do aside from get information was have a thread where parents whose PA children are going to school for the first time very soon (why does it feel like the summer is over already? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] ) can come and have a look and see what the reality has been for a lot of us who have had children in school for one year or for eight, KWIM?
I'm not saying that my life is hunky dory fine and that school is not a scary thing for me each and every year and that I always feel as though I'm a total let down because I do let some things fall through the cracks with the school (that whole time and energy thing and picking your battles thing), but for some reason, and dam*it, it could change in a flash, as we all know, but when I look at my guy, know how sensitive I think he is and then recognize that he has gone to school for seven years with only one reaction in the school, it gives me some solace and some hope. Does that make any sense?
So, when I look at that, I want to look at what it is that has made that possible and I would really have to say it was the "peanut free" classrooms when Jesse was younger.
Then, maybe some parents can look at this thread and see, okay, this is what worked for a FEW of the PA parents for their PA children; maybe it would work in our situation too and keep our child reaction free.
No guarantees. No lessening of anxiety. No not fearing the phone ringing. But something that may be of solace - or, you know what? Maybe something that changes your mind from one way of schooling to another.
Man, do I ever need another coffee. Babble speak at 11:00 a.m. Who woulda thunk? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
(I have to get my computer time in now before Jesse wakes up - once that happens, I'm history).
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk up to heaven and bring you back home with me.

Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2006 - 2:40pm
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Joined: 11/23/2001 - 09:00

Lets see... Timmy is going into 5th grade so Pre-K - 4th = 5 years.
K4= No rxn's (that I remember)
k5= Almost daily reaction for weeks till we realized it was sleeping on the floor at nap time that was causing them (they were so bad that I was called to pick him up several times a week) Once I bought a beach lounge chair for him to sleep on we had a good year.
1st Grade= Anaphalactic Reaction to a bunny brought in for show and tell (did not know he was allergic to rabbits). Anaphalactic reaction to residue on a lunchroom table at early morning care, before school started.
2nd Grade= No reactions that I can remember at school. (One anaphalactic reaction at a spaghetti church supper from touching a peanut butter cookie that was inside a styrofoam container. When I asked the lady who had made the cookies if there were any with peanuts she said, "No, I only made peanut butter cookies and macadamia nut cookies, none with peanuts." DUH!
3rd Grade= Anaphalactic reaction at a school sponsered basketball game in which a group of children were rewarded with Reese's Cups for a half-time game and he later played a pick up basketball game with several of the boys who must have had residue on their hands.
(During this time he had several anaphalactic reactions at home also- one to a Kellogg's cereal that had no warning, one to a Chip's Ahoy cookie- again with no warning on it. And one to residue on a computer keyboard.)
4th grade= No major reactions at school, but a LOT of hives, swollen lip and eye reactions. (One reaction at home with severe hives from ice cream- he looked like a burn victim. It was not anaphalactic but we made two trips to the E.R. in two days and needed IV steroids and benedryl to bring it under control.)
Wow, way too many reactions... but just as many at home as at school unfortuneatly. (Bad Mommy!) I think this is the correct years but am not positive. I could probably figure it out if I went through the archives but I'm too tired to do that [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


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