Can airborne PA kids eat in the lunchroom?

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2000 - 2:27pm
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I am working on arrangements for my child when he enters first grade in the fall. Has anyone allowed their airborne PA kids to eat in the lunchroom? If so, how? My preference is to have him eat in the lunchroom with his classmates, but I am not willing to risk his safety. Also...any suggestions on how to encourage the other kids to eat with him (very quiet and shy) at a peanut free table or area?

Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2000 - 3:47pm
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pHi!br /
My son is entering the first grade too. The cafeteria issue is hard. His school really felt he would be better off in the office but the good news is the school nurse said he could bring a lunch buddy. I thought that was the sweetest idea. /p
pLara/p

Posted on: Wed, 07/12/2000 - 2:41am
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pMy daughter is also starting first grade. She will eat at a designated nut free table with her classmates. I guess we are lucky in California the "lunchroom" is outdoor picnic tables.Plenty of fresh air to go around./p

Posted on: Mon, 07/17/2000 - 3:05pm
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pMy daughter has an airborne allergy. This is her first year in school (besides preschool). She is attending a small private school in AZ. I am hoping to get her seated at the end of the table next to an open door, another child in her class shares the same allergy they may be seated together. Special instructions will be given to the staff on the cleaning of the table, and I will have her bring a lunch. I have also taken a job on campus from 11am-3pm so I will be close by./p

Posted on: Tue, 07/18/2000 - 2:12pm
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pThank you for your responses. This issue of eating in the cafeteria is really worrisome for me. My son has had only airborne reactions-one when his eyes swelled shut from sitting across the table from someone with a PB sandwich, one when he walked into a room where there was a bowl of peanuts sitting on a table (less severe reaction) and the other when he smelled PB cooking and could not breathe. I have had people tell me that there is no way they would put him in a public school setting and that I should homeschool him. I have nothing against homeschooling-I admire people who do that, but I have a very shy little boy who very much needs to have social interaction. Even though he is shy he enjoyed kindergarten very much. He wants to go to school. I would love to hear from anyone else with a lunchroom "success" story, or any other ideas. (We live in a northern climate so lunch is indoors every day. He would be seated at a peanut free table, but we have no idea how close he can be without reacting) Thanks again for your help!/p

Posted on: Mon, 08/07/2000 - 1:08pm
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pJenna, I wish I had some lunch room success stories to share with you so I could offer you some encouragement. You are describing my child while describing yours. Even her pediatrician, does not trust the school to handle her allergies. I homeschool my child (1st grade) as she can not even be in the same room with peanut products without becoming ill. The school serves P.B. jelly "everyday". One of my greatest concerns is the school would get so used to hearing/seeing her sneezing/hayfever-like symptoms that they would be more likely not to recognize a severe reaction quickly enough. "Oh, she always does that at lunch!" The doctor told us that if the Epi-pen is not used promptly if death does not occur, brain damage and paralysis can occur. She does eat in a lunch room every Wednesday (packs it, of course) right before a weekly bible school class (no peanut products served due to her allergy). I did, however, want to shed some light on the misconception some people have that a shy child can not be homeschooled due to lack of social interaction. There are many ways of providing social opportunities for a child other than at school. My child (who was also shy before she started h.s.) attends classes/activities such as: P.E. class at the YMCA, art, Spanish, Bible School, softball, soccer, roller skating, bowling, neighborhood friends. If there is a local h.s. support group in your area, these needs are easily met. There are many social opportunites outside the school environment. As a parent, you know what is best for your child. I hope the school you are considering takes the severity of your child's p.a. seriously./p

Posted on: Sun, 08/13/2000 - 11:56am
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pMy boys are not airborne allergic, but if they were, I would opt for not eating in the cafetaria at all. Follow your gut on this one./p

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