You are viewing Allergic Living Canada | Switch to United States

Talking Allergies

* FAQ    * Search
* Login   * Register
It is currently Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:32 am

All times are UTC - 4 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:18 am 
Offline

Joined: Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:22 am
Posts: 51
Location: Toronto, ON
My son just started in JK this week and all kindergarten classes eat lunch and snacks in their classroom (with their own placemats) and the teacher sits with them the whole time - I am very happy about this. My son is in the smallest JK class (8 kids) by request, so the ratio of supervision is very good. There is a peanut/treenut ban at the school that is well enforced, however, one of the children in my son's class (who was in the school for PK last year) brings fish for lunch a few times a week and it is apparently quite messy and oily :( . I am supplying the classroom with wipes, but am wondering if I should ask the parents of this child to reduce the frequency of fish meals at the school (I know the parents well, but don't want to overstep my boundaries). I will also be writing a letter to all JK parents to let them know about my son's allergies and am wondering if I should say anything about reducing the amount or frequency of fish, egg and milk products in the kids lunches - I am particularly worried about mayonnaise, egg salad and tuna salad sandwiches as my son is off-the-chart allergic to egg and these are so oily and spreadable. Thoughts?

_________________
Son 7 yrs: Anaphylactic to eggs, milk, fish, peanuts, tree nuts and allergic to soy, animals & environmental + Asthma.
Daughter 9 yrs: No allergies!
Me: Allergic to animals & environmental.
Hubby: Allergic to deer, horse flies & bees.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:02 am 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:17 pm
Posts: 6429
Location: Ottawa
By all means, speak to the teacher/principal about your concerns. At 3 years of age, children can't always remember not to share their lunches and they can be very messy eaters.

Are they supervised when they eat? Are their hands washed immediately afterwards? (I'm thinking about the toys which can easily become contaminated from messy hands.) When are the desks cleaned? I really hate having one child ostricized due to a medical condition. I would be hesitant to request a special table for this reason, but you may feel that this is a safer option than having your son eat with the group. You might want to ask if you could bring a placemat. Some dollar stores have large craft mats which would cover a whole desk they come in a few basic colours green/blue/purple I think and you could decorate it with mini sharpies (permanent markers) to identify it as his safe zone.

A Special Day at School is a book written by Anne Muñoz-Furlong founder of FAAN. It is a great book about a little elephant who happens to be allergic to peanuts and his first day at school. it is a great learning tool, it gives ideas for dealing with lunches and friends who offer to share their treats. I would suggest that you see if the local library carries it and if so read it with your son and possible suggest the teacher read it to the class. https://www.foodallergy.org/shoppingcar ... uctcd=AKSS

We were lucky in that JK/SK were half days and they only ate snacks. The teachers implemented a fruit and veggie snacks only rule and most parents were happy to comply.
With a small class of 8 students, I'm sure that you'll be able to some up woth strategies to keep your son safe if you discuss your concerns with the school. I'm not sure if you can get them to ban mayonaise, eggs and fish but they can certainly be made aware of your concerns. I did manage to get rid of Pizza Day so anything is possible.

_________________
Moderator
Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 4 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group