What Happens When a Parent Violates the “No Nuts” Policy at School?

Is your school's "safe snacks" policy fair or effective?

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I made a mistake this week. I didn’t realize I had made it until my daughter gently pointed it out, but once she did, my heart sank.

“Mum,” she said, “You sent peanuts to school today.”

I froze, looking into her serious, concerned blue eyes, and hurried through a mental inventory of her lunch that day—smoked salmon, mango, two potato and onion perogies, two leftover pancakes. I gasped.

“The pancakes.” We said in unison.

I make pancakes for brunch every Sunday, always a double batch so that I can freeze some and pop them in the toaster for an easy breakfast during the week, or send a couple as part of my daughter’s lunch for school. This week, we made blueberry-chocolate chip pancakes, except, when I went to open the new package of mini chocolate chips, I realized that I had mistakenly bought mini peanut butter chips, something I never buy. I thought that blueberry-peanut butter chip pancakes sounded kind of gross, but the kids were enthusiastic, so I made them. They weren’t bad.

We went about the rest of our busy day, and that evening, as I prepared my daughter’s lunch for school, I did what I always did, and added a couple of the extra pancakes. I did not think for a moment that the chocolate chips had been replaced with peanut butter chips.

Until my daughter came home and told me.

I felt guilty, ashamed and completely worried. Had my daughter mentioned my mistake to her teacher? No. Was there anybody in her class specifically that had a peanut allergy? No, she didn’t think so, and we had never been alerted to an allergy in her class, beyond the standard “no nuts” policy for the school. They eat lunch in their classroom, so my indiscretion would have hopefully not affected any other child.

I relaxed a little, but it definitely got me thinking—it is that easy to make a mistake that could put a child’s health in jeopardy. I am conscientious about these things, and I read labels, but does everybody? How, I wonder, does the parent of a child with a severe food allergy or anaphylaxis, put their faith in the school community? And I also had to wonder, is putting the onus on the rest of the parents to ensure that no nuts enter the school a fair or effective way of keeping an at-risk child safe?

If I had unintentionally harmed a child on Monday, I would obviously never have been able to forgive myself. But it could happen—and easily.

Karen Green recently traded life in the biggest city in Canada for life in the biggest cornfield in Canada. Freed from her full-time job as a writer and editor, Karen now spends her time…writing and editing. And frolicking in the leaves with her two small girls. Karen is a speaker, the founder of Mom The Vote and the author of the blog, The Kids Are Alright, where she has been writing about the humorous and poignant moments of family life since 2005. She is thrilled to be a part of canadianfamily.ca.

29 responses to “What Happens When a Parent Violates the “No Nuts” Policy at School?”

  1. Our school has a number of policies and procedures in place that they use to protect children with allergies.

    First, no sharing of snacks is allowed.

    Second, store bought snacks should be sent in their original package so that the teachers can verify the ingredients. They seem to have relaxed a bit with this, but a few years ago I used to cut the ingredient section off and tape it to the container that I was putting crackers, cookies, etc. into.

    Third, homemade snacks have to clearly be marked “no nuts”. I have some “homemade and nut free” labels from Mabel’s Labels that I put on the reusable containers that I send to school. When I take them out, it serves as a reminder to me to think about what ingredients are in the snacks I’m packing.

    Fourth, the teachers observe and ask. I regularly send carrot cake, which most people put nuts in, and my kids frequently get asked if it has nuts in it. If there answer was “I don’t know”, the snack would be removed.

  2. julie says:

    From my experience (not with my own kid, but a friend’s kid), they don’t put any faith in the school policing. There have been far too many screw ups for that. The key is in educating the child with the allergy to always ask questions, and not accept food from anyone else – only eat what was sent to school with you.

    Our school isn’t a “peanut free” school, but a “please don’t send your kid to school with nuts” school. Subtle, but the difference is still obvious – there are no guarantees, so be careful.

  3. Kristen says:

    Is is an easy mistake to make, I have done it too:)
    This is a difficult issue, because, of course, we never want to put another child at risk. At our old school, we had allergen free lunchrooms for kids with allergies and everyone else could eat what they liked. This made it easier for me as a mom, but even a nut (or whatever allergen) free school isn’t totally safe. What about kids who eat peanut butter for breakfast and don’t wash their hands before arriving to school. A kid with a serious allergy could be set off by a very small amount of peanut. We eat a lot of peanut butter at our house, and it is something I am always thinking about. I make the kids was their hands before we play at the playground or other public places. But what about other dangerous allergy triggers, how many foods can we ban from schools etc.
    Unfortunately, the reality is that we can not protect all the people with serious allergies. The onus can’t be on the public, but on the individual. (Though I think we should all try to be aware and considerate!)
    I feel so much empathy for parents of kids with serious allergies, it must be very scary to send your kid out into the world. They have to be huge advocates for their children and teach their children to advocate for themselves. The kids must be armed with epipens and knowledge. All of their caregivers need that knowledge too and the cooperation of the parents of the children around them to keep these kids safe. Though the onus to protect kids with allergies can’t be placed on others (ie: all the parents at school), it is all of our best interests to look out for each other and protect each other’s kids if it is in our ability to do so. Wouldn’t we want someone else to do the same for us?

  4. Laura says:

    As a mom with a child with severe food allergies (to dairy, gluten, eggs, fish and nuts) we have never asked a school to ban one of his allergens. He reacts more severely to milk than he does to peanuts, can you imagine if I asked one of his schools to ban milk? It would never fly.

    Instead from a very young age he has been taught to be on high alert ALWAYS. We took precautions at school that included no one else touching his desk, wipes at the ready to wash surfaces just in case, no sharing snacks, always carried his epi pens (x2) himself in a fanny pack (still does and he is now 12) and he came home for lunch every day. I never want him to have a false sense of security. These are allergies he will be dealing with for the rest of his life so he needed to learn that the only way to stay safe was to be aware of his surroundings, constantly ask questions and take food from no one. We have never had one accidental exposure in all these years.

    Now my son doesn’t react to the smell of his allergens (for example if he should sit beside someone with a peanut butter sandwich) and I’m really not sure how I would handle that scenario. However for our situation I do know that asking people who I don’t really know and who nothing about dealing with allergies try to keep my child safe by not sending in peanut anything would never work for me. As the author said, mistakes happen. A lot. I do feel it’s asking too much. Until you deal with food allergies day in and day out you can never understand the complexities of what it means to have them. I could never ask that of you because let me tell you it is exhausting.

    And where do with draw the line with multiple food allergies? I don’t know but I do know this. My son is an amazing kid with a huge responsibility on his shoulders. Yes it definitely stinks sometimes but this is the hand we have been given and so we have taken on the challenge to manage it the best WE can. This is only our opinion and may not be what is best for other families. I just wanted to offer this different view point about what works for us. Thanks!

    Laura

  5. Joan says:

    This policy is a little like the “no peeing in the pool” policy. Schools (and pools) know people do occasionally break the rules. However, it’s safer for everyone if more people try to follow them. Parents with allergic children argue that *reducing* the opportunity for exposure to peanuts is worth the effort.

    Parents who have a child who is so allergic to peanut butter that the child cannot touch it would never trust other parents. They are well aware that at least a percentage of the population are self-centered narcissists who really don’t care about other people’s kids, no matter how many “rules” (really just suggestions since they’re unenforceable) are put in place.

  6. Laura says:

    Thank you Kristen for your understanding. As a mom to a child with severe food allergies I really appreciate your comment and agree with what you wrote.

  7. Jen says:

    This scares the crap out of me every day. My seven-year-old has an anaphylactic allergy to all nuts and has had four severe reactions. One was at daycare when a kid came to class with a small dab of peanut butter on his face. As we know, kids put their fingers/hands in their mouth all the time (even school-aged kids!). That’s what this boy did, then he played with a toy that my son touched and then put in his mouth. Boom. Swelling, rash, skin burns, disorientation and he was sick for weeks.

    Other reactions were the result of eating foods that were labelled “made in a factory that processes nut products” and from consuming baked goods that were not labelled at all.

    My son knows to ask where products are made, he washes his hands before every meal and fully expects that he won’t be eating the cake at the birthday parties he attends. He carries his EpiPen at all times and is very aware of/remembers how “sick” he will feel if he consumes even a trace of nuts.

    I have been very protective of him too (some of his friends are big peanut butter eaters and for years I’ve found excuses to permanently postpone proposed playdates) but now he is getting older and it’s much more difficult to ensure every environment he is in is “safe.”

    A life-threatening reaction can happen so quickly and innocently. ANYTHING and EVERYTHING we can do to prevent it is necessary. Please, please double check everything you pack in your child’s school lunchbox.

    Jen Reynolds, CF’s editor-in-chief

  8. Melaine says:

    Hmm. Amazing lunch you packed. to the allergy moms, please understand that the rest of us are tired and assume we won’t double check and even if we do I can see how this or something else could slip through. Or pay for a hot lunch program for all the other kids in the gym. Joking.

  9. Joan says:

    I agree with you, Laura. My son also has multiple allergies. We never asked for bans.

    I think there are a few children who are truly contact-sensitive who need full-out bans. There are also a lot of scared parents of PA-only kids who figure “why not ask?” But personally, I think banning a food doesn’t make kids much safer, and it engenders a whole lot of ill will toward the allergic community. And we know parents cheat – some by accident, some intentionally.

    We cross a line when we ask other people to take whole food groups out of their diets. I think we should save these actions for the very few kids who truly need them. Getting food out of the classrooms is a far more useful and attainable goal than peanut bans.

  10. Catharine Alvarez says:

    First, thank you, Karen, for being so conscientious! It is a comfort to know that there are parents looking out for kids like mine. I do want to respond to your questions, though:

    “How, I wonder, does the parent of a child with a severe food allergy or anaphylaxis, put their faith in the school community? And I also had to wonder, is putting the onus on the rest of the parents to ensure that no nuts enter the school a fair or effective way of keeping an at-risk child safe?”

    All parents are putting their faith in the school community to protect their children at school. We all share the responsibility of protecting children in our communities. Of course, no safety measures are ever perfect. Despite our best efforts and most thoughtful policies, some kids get injured and bullied at school. Occasionally, a child dies at school. Of course, no child is 100% safe at home, either! So, for me, this is about managing risk. Yes, people make mistakes and peanut-containing foods end up at school. But the overall risk of exposure is reduced if people are trying to avoid sending peanuts. If we have rules to discourage food sharing, that adds another layer of risk reduction. If we keep Epipens handy and train teachers to use them, that is another layer of risk reduction. We can’t throw up our hands and say, “This isn’t 100% effective and we can’t make any guarantees so we can’t take on this responsibility.” No. We all need to work together to reduce the risk because kids with food allergies should have the same expectation of safety at school as other children.

    I would encourage you to talk to your daughter about this incident (you probably already have!) and assure her that you are very glad that she pointed out your mistake. You might even think about encouraging her to let the teacher know that she had accidentally brought something with peanuts to school if/when it happens in the future. Because this isn’t about whether or not somebody gets in trouble for breaking a rule; it’s a safety issue that should be addressed as soon as someone notices the problem. I wouldn’t assume that there are no peanut allergies in the class because medical information is private, and schools may not be legally allowed to reveal whether a child is allergic to peanuts.

  11. Catharine Alvarez says:

    “We cross a line when we ask other people to take whole food groups out of their diets.”

    Asking people not to bring peanuts to school is not asking them to eliminate it from their diets. They are still free to eat it outside of school.

    “I think we should save these actions for the very few kids who truly need them.”

    I’m not sure how you are proposing to determine who “truly” needs this. In many cases, the school chooses to ban peanuts (not the parents) because peanut allergy is more common and more often associated with severe reactions than other food allergies. A school typically has several peanut allergic students these days. Other allergies are less common. I don’t buy slippery slope arguments like, “But then we’ll have to ban everything!” This is a matter of risk assessment.

    Banning peanuts can make kids much safer in preschool–maybe not significantly safer in high school. Again, this is risk assessment, we don’t have to look at this from an all or nothing perspective.

  12. Catharine Alvarez says:

    “the onus to protect kids with allergies can’t be placed on others”

    I think when kids are at school, their safety *is* the school’s responsibility. If the school administration chooses to ban peanuts as a way of protecting students with peanut allergies, it *is* the responsibility of the other parents to do their best to follow that policy.

    It is important to teach kid with food allergies how to manage their allergies and become responsible for their own safety, but this is a process that takes years! If adults find it difficult to be careful, we certainly can’t place that responsibility on “the individual” who in this case is a *child* in the care of adults.

  13. Christi says:

    I feel sad thinking about what is being lost when parents and educators have to spend time reviewing, creating and labeling individual foods. There is only so much time in a day, we should be doing what we do best.
    Nuts are a big part of our diet at my house. Since we don’t send nuts to school I often bring nuts for after school snack, picnics, etc. I do worry when there are lots of kids around (at the park) if I am being irresponsible. A separate occasion that comes to mind; I was in a children’s toy and clothing store and there was a baby crawling on the floor and several kids playing in the back. I saw something on the floor, picked it up and handed it to the store owner for disposal. she refused to touch it. it was a nut. the woman in front of me casually said “oh there is a hole in my snack bag, I keep losing these”. It’s hard to be mindful all the time.

  14. Susan Clemen says:

    Everyday we send our children to school and we trust that it is a safe environment where they will be taught by teachers who genuinely want them to learn and excel-food allergy or not.
    We started at an early age teaching our child not to share etc. We met with the principal and teachers and carefully checked art supplies. Still, we had issues. Grade 6’s helping at JK/SK Easter parties and handing out bulk bin candies to all children. Teachers who couldn’t see past candy in lesson plans and residue on school buses provoking anaphylaxis reactions.
    I’m lucky in that I am able to attend fieldstrips but not all parents have such understanding employers. Currently, lunch is eaten in the classroom while two teachers roam the halls. The students go change classrooms for some classes so I have to wonder what is being eaten at the desk she will be sitting at.
    All of this causes extra anxiety in my daughter and this means that her quality of education is being compromised. Luckily, she has some great friends in school and they watch out for her-even telling substitute teachers not to use I find her classmates are fabulous!

  15. Callie Bonner says:

    If a child can go to the theatre and the grocery without having a reaction, then why can’t they manage school? It seems rather meaningless to ban peanuts when even the conscientious mothers, like the one who wrote this blog, make mistakes. How is risk reduced when peanuts are most likely in many of the lunches brought each day?

    And your argument about peanut allergy being the only serious allergy is just silly and rather unempathetic.

  16. Laura says:

    Unfortunately in my son’s case he is anaphylactic to dairy if ingested and reacts with hives should he come into contact with it. His gluten allergy is also equally as dangerous. I just don’t think it would be appropriate to ask a school to ban dairy, all wheat and other glutens along with peanut. How could they? It’s hard enough for me to feed my child on such a limited diet never mind someone who hasn’t dealt with food allergies for years on end. Yet his reaction is just the same as any severely allergic peanut child. This does frustrate me sometimes when I stop to think about it because my child’s life is precious too. However how much is too much to ask? How do you determine whose child is more at risk over another and whose child should be protected over another? We just can’t ban all foods. It’s so tough, there are no easy answers that is for sure.

  17. Catharine Alvarez says:

    Who says they can go to the theater and grocery store without having a reaction? My daughter was contact sensitive to peanuts when she was younger, and she did get hives from touching grocery cart handles and movie theater armrests (also a tricycle used by another kid who had just eaten a granola bar, airline trays, a chair in the doctor’s waiting room, etc.)

    When *fewer* peanut products are brought to school there is *less* peanut protein in the environment. That seems obvious!

    And I did not say that peanut allergy is “only serious allergy”. I said that it is *more often* associated with severe reactions. That is a fact from medical research.

    “Fatal food anaphylaxis is most often caused by peanuts (50-62%) and tree nuts (15-30%).” Source: http://www.aaaai.org/about-the-aaaai/newsroom/allergy-statistics.aspx

  18. Corin Goodwin says:

    I suspect it’s all in the mixed experiences each of us has had. When my daughter was 2, we enrolled in a parent participation preschool. This was over a dozen years ago, and not everyone knew about food allergies like they do now. The teacher’s aide repeatedly refused to let me even discuss food allergies with the other parents, and physically blocked me from checking the ingredients in a table of bird seed (for texture play) that did, in fact, turn out to have peanuts in it. My child was very peanut sensitive – to the point of having had an allergic reaction in an airplane a year prior *just from the smell.* That experience with the bird seed was our last day at the preschool – we walked out and never went back. Shortly thereafter, I ran into someone from a preschool co-op right next door and told her what had happened. I asked for nothing – was just talking – but it turned out she had just been elected President of the board for the following year. She invited us to the co-op and told us they would ban peanuts. I was floored. Better yet, they really encouraged me to make information available, provide suggested snacks, and so on. Not only did I donate kids’ books about food allergies to the school library, but by working closely with them, the school became known for being allergy friendly, and in the years that followed (my younger child also had multiple severe allergies), we were joined by other families who appreciated the support and understanding. It wasn’t just that they were nice about it; being thoughtful of others was part of the culture, and with the kids modeling it for their parents, parents who almost made a mistake in the snack they sent were reminded. If they sent something unsafe for the kids, my family provided back up snacks at the school and we also lived nearby and were always willing to run over with a replacement.

    Once we were ready to move on to K, it was another story. It wasn’t about the kids and families, but about the “rules.” These rules included kids not being allowed to carry their inhaler or EpiPen with them – and the union wouldn’t allow the teacher to hold them or administer them. Medications were all locked in the school office, at least 10 minutes away – if someone was there – and if the nurse wasn’t there (she was at a different school every day, and only for a few hours), no one else was allowed to administer it. We chose to homeschool – best decision ever.

    Even in homeschool groups, there were those folks who thought it unreasonable of us to ask people bringing potluck if they could just tape on a list of ingredients – not that they had to, but that it would be helpful if they did. We were told to keep the kids at home in a bubble if we couldn’t trust our 3yo and 6yo not to touch anything. There were others who were friends and who have worked with us over the course of the kids’ lives, making awareness as automatic for them as it was for us. There was a one week day camp where all was well until one session a new teenage counselor (who happened to have a family relationship with the director) decided it was completely unreasonable of us to ask that they have all dozen kids wash hands after snack. She went screaming to the director, and they threw us out of the camp we had attended happily for years – and brought friends along.

    I don’t think anyone is saying that it’s everyone else’s responsibility to watch out for our kids, but neither is anyone saying “we don’t care about you and your annoying children.” I don’t even think it’s relevant about onuses. The schools do have a repsonsibility to make the environment safe, and parents have a responsibility to determine if what they are asking is a reasonable use of time and effort for a budget-strapped school. My kids could probably be safe in school now that they have outgrown all but peanut and nut allergies as opposed to the long list they had; I also know a family with four kids, all increasingly more allergic. They use the public schools and it works.

    As Catharine points out, eliminating a single food group from a single meal per day isn’t actually asking a lot – it’s a great opportunity to help your kids learn about caring and compassion, and that another person’s life should take priority over a food preference. During the elementary school years in particular, it’s especially important because kids put hands in their mouths, etc, and because the more severe touch-sensitive allergies may tone down as the child gets older.

    My kids are extremely vigilant about being careful. Most people have been kind and understanding. My real worry has always been the older kids – the ones whose parents don’t teach them that food allergies are a serious medical condition, or why they should care. I worry about the kids who blow it off as if it’s a joke, and then tease a food allergic kid by smearing them with a PBJ and then claiming they didn’t know it was such a big deal when the child is carted off in an ambulance – not breathing. These incidents have happened; I’m not making this up.

    The bottom line, imo, is that this is a serious issue and it’s not something where we can eliminate all risk. We can, however, reduce the risk, and whatever others can do makes it so much easier on those of us who are just trying as hard as we can to do the best we can. We’re not asking for frivolous favors; we just want to keep our children alive.

  19. John says:

    Eliminating a food group isn’t asking a lot? It’s certainly a lot to my daughter who loves peanut butter.

    It seems like you’re saying your kid is a little bit allergic. If parents can bring peanuts and no one checks or cares, then there’s no problem with bringing peanuts. Things that get measured get managed and clearly the school is managing you by telling you no peanuts so you feel less anxious, and then doing nothing real.

    If the peanut ban is real, Karen’s kids should have been suspended or expelled. If that doesn’t happen, there’s no peanut ban. You can’t have it both ways and have other parents take it seriously.

  20. gina malewicz says:

    What a wonderfully written & thoughtful article. Which is rare, I find when the subject is peant allergy. Thank you!! I have a child who has life threatening peanut allergies and I tried the school system with him. Everyone was very kind and understanding, but it was rare to find somebody who really “got it”. They would assure me they had an emergency plan and I asked two simple questions, “would you administer the epi pen if you had to?” and “do you know what the signs of anaphylaxis are?” and they had no answer to either of those questions. I went and observed the class and found out then when they eat, ell the teachers leave and volunteer parents are the only ones watching. I think it is unfair to expect everyone to be as vigilant. We tried school, but I just didn’t feel it was safe enough. So we are homeschooling now. Thank you for writing this article!

  21. AJ says:

    Thank you for being honest you made a mistake, it will make you more aware in the future of the plight of children with life threatening food allergies. My son has life threatening food allergies to Sesame, garlic, pear and peanut and allergies to wheat, coconut and salmon. Almost any non approved food in the classroom is dangerous for him. I am glad that your daughter is aware of the policy and everyone can learn together.

  22. LL says:

    I think it would be useful to treat kids with severe allergies as kids with special needs, and designate specific schools that will be completely nut (and other major allergens that are more likely to promote a contact or respiratory anaphaletic reaction) free. I suspect the level of awareness would improve as would the level of safety. Trying to implement this for all schools is impractical, as time has shown. I also suspect that the move towards “nutrition breaks” instead of lunch periods has made the issue worse as every child is pretty much forced to eat at school.
    I know at least one board has designated schools in which perfumes of any sort are banned for similar reasons. Also, it is important that parents have their children re-tested often as allergies can disappear and/or worsen over time.

  23. I can be very black or white about some issues, but not this one. I have no idea how schools and parents should best handle it.

    When my daughter was in SK, (half-day only, so no lunch at school) we were asked to send only fruits or veggies. That’s it. There were peanut, soy, dairy and wheat sensitivities in the classroom, and so we were asked to voluntarily send none of the above. My kids are good eaters, and enjoy fruits and veggies (hummus was ok, too), but I have NO idea how the parents of picky eaters handled it. Sometimes, the school can ask too much.

    There was also a child in the kindergarten that had recently been through chemo. In response, we were asked to keep our children home if they so much as had a sniffle, as this little girl’s immune system was so desperately compromised. It must have caused a bit of inconvenience for some parents, but thankfully, I never heard anyone breathe a word of it.

  24. Heather says:

    There are a lot of very thoughtful comments above. I appreciate the thinking that everyone put into this whether they are affected by allergies or not. Unfortunately the discussions that I usually read about these matters devolve into very opposite camps: those who are super defensive allergy aware & unable to communicate constructively, and those who are more concerned about their right to consume whatever they want, wherever they want regardless of the implications.

    As a mom of a young child with peanut/nut allergies, I am still learning but have very much become an advocate for him at his school and with our neighbours/friends/family. Despite all the education out there as of late, there is still the kneejerk reaction of “Oh, there are no nuts in this” from people – meaning there are no physical nuts that they can see. When I explain that there may have been contact with nuts during production, processing, cooking (peanut oil) or in a store, you can see the light come on in their eyes. There is a lot of education that still has to happen and parents on both sides must be ready to have patience, and learn.

  25. Corin Goodwin says:

    It’s not an entire food group, and your daughter’s love of peanut butter can be sated outside of the school. My child could die because your child just has to have her favorite food in that time and place? Um, no. Your lack of seriousness is learned by your kids, which leads to situations such as this: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/16/cheerleaders-suspended-after-allegedly-covering-girl-with-allergy-in-peanut/

    If that had been my child, she would have been dead within minutes.

    As parents of allergic kids, we are aware that a ban isn’t perfect. All we ask is that you help us by reducing the risk. We didn’t choose for our kids to be allergic, but you can choose to model compassion, because whereas allergies can kill our kids, less selfishness probably won’t kill you.

  26. No says:

    My brother could also die from having pizza days, or a milk program, but you wouldn’t want that to be cancelled would you?

  27. Nerys says:

    I firmly DO NOT BELIEVE in having nut-free schools. Maybe nut-free spaces would be a good idea, in the younger grades (maybe to third???) but in middle and high school? No.
    My brother and I both have severe anaphylaxis (he to dairy and latex (and therefore bananas) and myself to wheat, mint, and most fruits), and we both went through school without any bans whatsoever. There was still a milk program and pizza days, people still ate sandwiches and yogurt and brought their teachers apples. And guess what, we were educated on how to manage our own allergies and carried our epi-pens never had an allergic reaction at school. Even at home, I still eat cheese and he’ll have bread and our parents will eat fruit.
    Here’s something else. Now I’m in uni and I have friends who simply do not know how to manage their allergy. The real-world isn’t nut-free, and having a child who can’t manage their allergy on their own is just putting them in danger.
    I’m not dead yet, and nobody has ever given me special treatment for my allergy.

  28. Anon says:

    I wound not worry about it – allergists are against nut bans as they feel it is a gross over-reaction and presents a false sense of security. If the allergists don’t support them, why should you?

  29. Anon says:

    It IS an ENTIRE food group. There are many families who are vegetarian, vegan or abstain from meat for religious reasons and denying them of their protein and other nutrition that comes from nuts is grossly a violation of their rights.

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