Yep should be a blanket ban. Yes kids will eventually go out in the world and potentially come across lots of places that they could come into contact with nuts when they're older, but when they're young and with so many kids in close contact with each other we can't expect them to be capable of making sure not one trace makes its way into or onto something, not to share their food, to wash their hands every time etc. kids are forgetful, even if they understand the dangers, all it takes is one slip up, one nut dropped, one forgetful kid running off to play after eating and not washing hands etc.
my ds's kinder is egg and nut free, ds is allergic to peanuts, not eggs, but I'm happy to look for egg free recipes for the sake of others.
My sons daycare is nut & egg free. Doesn't bother me at all even though these are his two favourite foods!!
I have an anaphylactic child in my class this year and have had to do epi pen training. There is no nut ban in our school or even in our classroom. He is allergic to nuts, eggs, dairy, bee/ant/wasp stings, grass ... I'm very stressed as his teacher ensuring his safety I can't imagine how his mother must feel :/
I'm fine with it. I also think kids need to be educated about allergies etc. I've worked in nut free schools, my last school had a no latex policy because there was a child who would get anaphylaxis if he came near a latex balloon.
So no balloons ever at school.
But I do wonder what happens in the real world when they grow up or are out with their parents? What happens if they're on a train or bus and come in contact with nuts etc? I'm all for protecting kids as much as possible at school but I do wonder what happens out of school.
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I work with someone whose daughter died of anaphylactic shock, so, yes nuts
should be banned
I think there should be a blanket ban as well, it's far too risky. Who would want to put another child at risk just for the sake of a lunch choice? It's just bloody peanut butter, find another sandwich filling!
I'm fine with no nuts.
I know a single dad raising his dd alone and she has just started school yesterday. we were talking about how different and exciting it is and how strict some schools are in regards to certain things. He was disappointed in the no nuts thing then just said "oh well, she is my dd and at the end of the day I will send what she wants to school. She loves peanut butter too much and it is so versatile".
I was like omg I tried explaining why but he just couldn't fathom it. In for a big shock I reckon.
I agree with the blanket ban. While mine love to eat nuts and peanut butter they can have them at home for afternoon tea and on the weekend. It is not like there aren't plenty of other foods that can be sent to school instead.
If people are really upset about no Nutella surely they can make their own out of Chickpeas and is therefore nut free.
Chick pea Nutella? Sounds good. Recipe??
And yes complete ban is best I think. I h8 when people say "why does my kid have to suffer because of some other child's allergies?"
Um suffering. Really. Missing out on Nutella and peanut butter is so much harder than it is having an allergic reaction! *SARCASM*
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