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- Mar 27, '11 by Spidey's momQuote from patient1977i think so. it certainly isn't recent.one theory is that the kids are being sensitized in utero. peanuts and their byproducts are cheap and deeply entrenched in the food supply.
but haven't they always been?
just found this:
have americans gone nuts over nut allergies?
. . . ."but like christakis, wood cautions against excessive alarm. "it's an unfortunate situation," says wood, "if a family with an inaccurate perception of the allergy leads a child to believe that a snickers bar from 50 feet away is a lethal weapon."
- Mar 27, '11 by FlareI tend to think the actual number of true peanut allergies has atayed relatively the same. What has increased is the number of doctors not wanting to get sued for misdiagnosing a peanut sensitivity that may oneday develop into a stronger allergy. I have students that have epipens and when asked if they've ever needed it, they say no. have even seen one or two over the years where dad was allergic or sensitive to some degree and the student had an epipen by default despite never once ingesting a peanut. We tried to enforce a rule that students could not have an epipen or emergency allergy action plan without current documantation from a pediatrid allergist. At the end of the day we had to back off, lest teh board face the wrath of the parents that want the "safety net" of the epipen
- Mar 27, '11 by tablefor9Sounds as though this child's parents voluntarily chose to home educate this child. Good for them. Their child will be safer, and may very well receive a world class education as a happy result. This also shows a willingness to take responsibility for the health and wellbeing of their family that is sadly lacking in the general population and a respect for the rights of others, which is also in shorter supply of late.
- Mar 28, '11 by HospiceAngelCNA/CPTI've read many responses to this issue, yes, it is quite the hot topic.
I am now 41 years old and just 5 months ago (November 2010) I developed a sudden allergy to All NUTS and now have to wear an ID bracelet, carry around an EPI Pen, Liquid Benadryl, Xoponex MDI and Pepcid Tablets. I have been hospitalized 4 times due to exposure, both known and unknown. I even had to be hospitalized after an Allergen Study due to an systemic reaction. I never had a problem before, I was a huge nut eater..really every day, a main staple in my diet!
So, as you can see, I'm very much aware of my issues and make it my point to notify people of my allergy. I can't even be in the same room as someone who is eating any form of nuts! My Family has gone to great lengths to make sure that any home I go to is nut free, Christmas was especially hard as my Mom make really good stuff that contain nuts, but it was done. It was the first Nut Free Christmas for us (aside from the family..but what can you do about them?)
Anyhow, I do think that some of the requests that the parent is making is a little off the wall, but do we know what the childs real issues are? Is the child familiar with her issues? Has she been educated? Is there some way that this child can receive an education...free of nuts? We make exceptions/allowances for children receiving chemo, right? no dairy, citrus..etc? I do believe that this childs medical issues need to be looked at more closely to see just what the child needs. JMO! And then the school situation needs to be looked at and see if this child can be reasonably accommodated.
I don't like it that my Family/Friends have to restrict their diets to exclude nuts just because of me, but they all understand and are aware of what it can and will do to me if I do come into contact with the once love nut, now the enemy!
Side note, I also used to eat peanut butter by the spoon-full, directly out of the jar...now, I cant even be near it!Last edit by HospiceAngelCNA/CPT on Mar 28, '11 : Reason: grammatical
- Mar 28, '11 by rn/writerQuote from tablefor9I thought that when I first saw the article. But when I read it more closely, it became clear that the parents being referred to were the parents of the other kids in the school.Sounds as though this child's parents voluntarily chose to home educate this child. Good for them. Their child will be safer, and may very well receive a world class education as a happy result. This also shows a willingness to take responsibility for the health and wellbeing of their family that is sadly lacking in the general population and a respect for the rights of others, which is also in shorter supply of late.
Here are a few more questions and considerations:
Has it been established just how serious this child's allergy is? If so, by whom? Her pediatrician? An allergist?
Is desensitization a possibility?
What are her parents willing to contribute to finding a solution? Are they just expecting the school system to make this work, or are they actively participating in the process?
In a situation like this where there are so many variables and so many things that could go wrong, it isn't only the school-wide restrictions that are a burden but the awful possibilities that hang over everyone's heads.
If this little girl is truly life-threateningly vulnerable, why would her parents put her in a situation where her safety depends on hundreds of others, most of them children?
Sometimes it seems that the politically correct and the "everything has to be the same to be fair" people want to legislate away reality. The truth is that there are people, children among them, who have to deal with disabilities and conditions that, on the scorecard of life, don't seem the least bit fair. Of course, accommodation should be made whenever possible, but there has to be room for some sense of balance.
Along with the risk to the child with the peanut allergy, what about the risk to the school community if someone inadvertently makes a mistake? What if she has an attack and has to be hospitalized? What if she dies? How will blame be assigned? How will the guilt--both legal and emotional--be handled? Who will pay for the likely lawsuit?
I cannot believe that responsible parents would knowingly expose their daughter to life-threatening danger on a daily basis and bet all the marbles on everyone else doing their part.
- Mar 28, '11 by caregiver1977Some more questions:
1) How are they going to make sure all the students in this class properly wash their hands and mouths? Have you all seen the way 6 year olds wash?
2) How are they going to know if one of the classmates has peanut butter/peanut products on their clothes or hair?
3) How are they going to handle her contact with other students in the hall, playground, etc.?
4) If her peanut allergy is that severe, wouldn't it be better if her classmates/teachers didn't eat peanut products at home? How is anybody going to enforce that?
5) Students this age often have parties for holidays that involve candy. Are those cancelled?
6) What if a student decides to play a dirty trick on the allergic girl? Don't tell me that's not a possibility.
I just don't think the school can suddenly function as a hospital. They are not staffed with nurses and doctors; they are teachers. As well-meaning as everyone may be, too many things can go wrong with dire results.
- Mar 28, '11 by LACAThere have been MANY good questions and thoughts raised here....If this was simply a case of a child who had a mild to moderate peanut allergy, I would be fine with the school making things easier for her...but it's not. This is a child with a FATAL allergy. No way in the world is it possible for the school to completely maintain her safety. If this was my child, there would be no question that she would be homeschooled. The risk of giving her the socialization and other things that public school provides is just too dangerous---it's absolutely impossible to make sure that she would be safe.
- Mar 28, '11 by Heidi the nurseAgree, LACA. As a parent of 3 children, there is no way in heck I would send my child to school as a first grader if she truly was so allergic that smelling peanuts could cause a reaction. From everything I have read this is extremely rare (maybe not even possible), but still, if the parents believe it. And as it says right there on my care plans - "allergic reactions usually occur when a person eats something they ate was safe".
- Mar 30, '11 by LACAHonestly, I don't see why the parents are even making it a problem with the public school....Maybe i'm just being completely oblivious here, but we aren't talking about hives and watery eyes...we're talking LIFE AND DEATH. As a parent, I just can't fathom even considering sending my child to a public OR private school with that type of allergy...I would be terrified that something minor would go wrong and my child would die...I just don't understand the reasoning behind this.
- Apr 7, '11 by Marathonrunner79This whole allergy things has become out of hand. These kids go out in public to malls, the beach, etc where their is peanut butter. Other kids should not have to be banned from bringing peanut butter, that is not fair. There has to be a reasonable half way. Perhaps if it is life threatening the peanut kids should eat in a special room together as a group and not be in the cafe if it is "life threatening"