by Suzee Skwiot
Parents, you will go to great lengths to protect your children and make sure they're healthy and safe. But sometimes, all it takes is one jerk who won't listen to precautions and the child's life is in danger. Take the scary story of 4-year-old Fae Platten, who was flying home after vacation. The little girl has a severe nut allergy, and despite warnings from crew and staff, one passenger opened a bag of peanuts on the airplane. The child had a severe allergic reaction and went into anaphylactic shock.
According to her mother, Fae began feeling sick just 20 minutes into the flight and later stopped breathing and lost consciousness. Luckily, with the help of some medically trained professionals on-board, the little girl was revived with an injection.
As for the passenger who opened the peanuts, even though he was warned multiple times of the child's allergies? Well, he's banned from the airline for the next two years. Serves him right and might even be a little light of a punishment.
But it just goes to show, parents: you can go the extra mile, bring necessary medications, alert the flight crew, make sure everyone's aware that this is a very serious allergy. But then one single jerk can put everything on the line because he just had to have peanuts.
It's the epitome of selfishness. A severe food allergy is not a sensitivity or a mild annoyance. It's a serious, life-threatening allergy that strikes quickly and intensely. It's not something to joke around with or test.
In a world where about one in 25 children has a peanut allergy (it's the most common food allergy in the country), it's common enough that these precautions need to be taken seriously and shouldn't be compromised. Parents of kids like Fae aren't trying to make your life harder by asking you not to pack PB&J in your kid's lunch.
They're fighting for their kids' lives.
Parents of kids with allergies can't keep their kids locked in bubbles (though it'd be so much easier, wouldn't it?). On the other hand, they can try to institute these rules for different buildings and places, but the really scary part is that you can't make people follow them. It's a terrifying thought, but all it takes it that one idiot who thinks he's above it all in order to compromise a child's health.
Certainly something to think about when your kid's school sends home that "allergy rules" list, isn't it?
Do you have a child with a severe food allergy? What do you do to keep them safe?