Thursday, October 14, 2010
Peanut Allergies and Homeschooling
I am, by no means, an expert on peanut allergies.
I can, however, relate to severe food allergies. (But just in recent years, since I found out that I have a severe allergy to flax.)
But I never (thank G-d) almost lost a child to a severe peanut allergy.
I don’t know what it’s like, every day, to go through the diligence that’s required to raise a child with a severe allergy.
I do, however, have friends with children with these allergies.
And I’d do WHATEVER IT TAKES to keep these kids safe.
How difficult must it be to send your child to school every day, knowing that they could possibly be exposed to something that could kill them, almost instantly.
We know several kids, in school, who have severe allergies. I hear that some schools will provide “safe areas” for these kids… (One high school has a room with a special “filtration system” where the kids are able to eat, without being exposed to peanuts.)
But is this the answer?
We happen to belong to a homeschool group that is essentially peanut-free.
All events we have (park days, parties, gatherings) are peanut-free zones.
(Some schools have evidently done the same… They are peanut-free schools.)
I’ve actually heard complaints about the extra efforts being made to keep these kids safe.
So, what, it inconveniences you?
I actually heard, from one person, that that’s all her child will eat (peanut butter). And it inconvenienced her that her kids couldn’t bring peanut products to school.
If your child will only eat peanut butter… (If your child can’t wait until they get home to have that peanut butter sandwich…)
Well, that’s just sad.
What kind of sacrifice does it take to keep a child safe?
Not a sacrifice at all, in my book.