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I would never forgive myself if I let DS have nuts around an allergic child and they had a bad reaction or died
as pp said some kids are so bad , touching someone who had nuts can be deadly
DS has just started at Snr Kindy (day care) and they have a no egg and nut policy.
I'm more than happy to oblige. My son can go without nuts and egg to prevent the death of another child. I wouldn't hesitate to remove other foods either. This is life and death we are talking about here?!
Some children can have an anaphalactic reaction just by being in the same area where nuts have been. To send your child with nuts is ridiculously selfish and outright wrong. Your child may like nuts, but I'm sure his love of nuts isn't anywhere near as important as another child's life to not face death as a result.
My daughter loves peanut butter. She loves pistachios and cashews. I'd LOVE to send her to school with these things - much healthier than some of the other options I've sent because of the no-nut policy... but you know, she can go without, so that another kid is safe.
I think those that have children with these kinds of allergies are more than welcome to their food policies. They make sense.
I'd say in most cases though, "only bring shapes... never bring a homemade slice of banana bread," kind of policy is crazy though.
Could it be that packaged foods are easier to work out what is contained in them? We don't know if Joe Blow's banana bread contains nuts or whatnot. I don't think a rule of packaged food but no homemade really enforces a healthy attitude toward food I must admit.
As for the nuts, I LOVE them. As does DS. They are the perfect snack and he does love peanut butter. However, it is NOT hard to go from Monday-Friday from 9 am to 3 pm without eating nuts. Wait until you get home. Not that hard if it means another parent can be assured that their child comes home alive and well at the end of the day.
DS's school has no exclusion policy on food but children are NOT allowed to share their food and they apparently are very strict on it. Kids sit and eat before they are allowed to go play so that they are supervised while they eat. I'm still dubious about it but so far this year I haven't heard of any incidents so maybe it does work.
I don't send much junk with my kids, I think the worst they get is a cheese and bacon mini roll from the bakery but I was reprimanded by the teacher for sending DS with apricot delights - because they are dusted in sugar of some sort they weren't deemed healthy enough - I was surprised given what my son tells me some of the other kids eat but oh well I stopped sending them.
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