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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:13 am 
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I was talking to the clerk at our local butcher shop and mentioned that my kids were allergic to nuts/peanuts. She said her dd loves loves loves peanut butter but is no longer allowed to eat it. I asked if she meant she wasn't allowed to being to school, but she said no, not at all. This is because there are three highly allergic children at the preschool, and I don't know if the parents requested this or the staff decided, but the other children are not allowed to eat peanut products at all. Ever.

Their rationale is that even the slightest trace of residue on hands, clothing, etc could trigger a reaction, so they can't risk the children eating peanut butter at home after school or on weekends!!!!!

The preschool we attended and elem school we attend now are nut/peanut free, but only in the sense that parents are asked to please not send these products to school, and asked kindly to wash hands, wipe mouths if they eat it for breakfast.

I was shocked.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:38 am 
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No wonder there is so much resentment and eye rolling at us allergy parents. There HAS to be a happy (& safe) medium somewhere.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:10 am 
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There is no way that you can reasonably expect everyone to comply with such a demand. It is far better that all staff be trained to recognize and respond appropriately to an anaphylaxis reaction.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:52 am 
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That really is frustrating. Definitely curious if the parents requested or the preschool thought of it.

What do they do next year when there are also students who have anaphylactic allergies to other top allergens?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:43 pm 
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I'm tempted to find out which preschool this is, and call them to get more info. I'm wondering if the staff haven't been trained properly and perhaps this is the reason they are terrified of a reaction at preschool?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:22 pm 
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Or did a parent make the request and everyone was happy to comply? Stranger things have happened...

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:41 pm 
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Yes, this is possible for sure.

The store clerk who I found this out from wasn't happy about it, though, and neither is her DD who can't eat PB!

When I mentioned this to DH last night, he didn't think it was that big of a deal and thought that *I* of all people, would understand such a request!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:21 pm 
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This sounds like a misunderstanding to me. I think that the parent you spoke with took the advice to abstain from peanut products at home before school and turned it into abstain from peanut products, period. Could the preschool really ask families to do this without causing an uproar from the parents?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:55 pm 
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It could be. My curiosity is sufficiently piqued. . .

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:50 pm 
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Goodness. I agree with robinsegg. This sounds like a misunderstanding -- perhaps an overextension of asking parents not to serve peanuts/nuts in the morning before preschool when risk is highest. (My 4 y.o. loves planting wet smooches on other kids, for example.) I'm curious too. It's great that awareness is taking root, but overdoing it really can lead to resentment.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:59 pm 
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Andrea_MASG wrote:
Goodness. It's great that awareness is taking root, but overdoing it really can lead to resentment.
My thoughts exactly.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:03 pm 
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I agree with you all!
I mean, trace reactions can happen anywhere, anytime. I agree with Becky also that this kindles the fire for more eye rolling and resentment.

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