Monday, May 5, 2014

NUTS and Bolts of Food Allergies

Did you know…the majority of fatal allergic reactions from peanuts occur outside of the home?  Many of these happen at school. 

So…should peanuts be banned from school?

Peanuts are obviously found in the cafeteria.  Peanut butter sandwiches, cookies, granola bars, and candy bars are just a few of the lunch box favorites that could cause major issues for a peanut allergy sufferer.  There are also treats for class parties and craft projects that often involve peanut butter or peanuts.

Some schools choose to create an allergy-free table in their lunchrooms.  Others have tables for people who bring peanut butter so that the rest of the cafeteria is peanut-free.  Still other schools pair allergic students with a buddy who promises to bring nut-free lunches to school.

The schools that I have attended did none of the above.  Each family works with the cafeteria staff to understand what foods are safe to eat.  Kids at the lunch table know about my allergy and are very careful about what they pack.  Aside from the aroma of those crazy peanut-shaped cookies (you know who you are), I have had no issues at the lunch table.  The key is to tell everyone you know what your limitations are.  Education is the answer.

What do you think??

Keep out of the nut house!

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