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- Sep 25, '12 by 100kidsThe problem with schoolwide bans on peanuts or nut in general is really that the environment is no safer for a child with a nut allergy. Are all of the children's lunches and snacks checked daily to make sure no one has a product manufactured in a facility with nuts? If not then the danger is still there even with the nut free sign out front. My guess is no one comes in with PB&J but there are plenty of foods brought in that may have cross contamination from processing plants. In our school the kids all wash their hands and wipe down their desks after eating (they eat lunch in their classrooms).
- Sep 25, '12 by caregiver1977I don't think that many people realize just how many foods you would have to ban, HEALTHY foods for most of the population for that matter, if you take into consideration EVERYONE'S food allergy. My school's cafeteria does not serve any peanut products, but they still service oranges and tuna fish like crazy.
I still say that if a school is going to ban people from eating a food, and ban it in lunches brought from home, then the school needs to provide lunches and snacks for everyone for free--including all school personnel. I don't care if the child's family is as rich as Donald Trump--free lunch and snacks. If the school system will do that, then they can ban all the foods they like for all I care and I will comply with a smile
- Sep 25, '12 by Glycerine82It's overboard. Better to just have a peanut free table for those who are allergic.
"No day but today"
- Sep 27, '12 by uRNmywayQuote from JustBeachyNurseRecent evidence has shown that 'banning' an allergen, especially in a school setting actually creates a higher risk environment due to a false sense of 'security' and adversely affects the child's ability to make suitable choices to avoid the allergen in the real world. We cannot create bubbles around our children, regardless of what their special needs are in life.
Let me see if I can find the peer-reviewed journal article that stated just this.
THIS! I totally agree. If you take all the responsibility out of the child's hands, then they don't bother to be careful on their own, they just assume everyone else is doing it. When I was in school, we had kids with severe allergies. We had no restrictions on what we were/weren't allowed to bring in our lunches. We just knew that they couldn't come in contact with some things, and we were not to share lunches with those kids.
And Not_A_Hat_Person, I've heard of some kids that are SO allergic that they try to make anyone in their environment not eat ANY peanut butter, even at home. That is just ridiculous.
This reminds me of a story I heard on the radio, about a child who was lactose intolerant and kept begging her mom for icecream when she would hear the icecream truck in their neighborhood. So instead of putting her big girl mommy pants on and tell her child no, the mom tried to get the icecream truck banned from her neighborhood. Sigh...