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6 million children have this in America....your child could be one of them!

I was just watching a show on Discovery Channel about food allergies in children of the US. It was very interesting!

It touched me personally since I have lived with a peanut allergy my whole life ( 38 yrs...yep I'm old! Lol) Anyways I was shocked about the rise in not only peanuts but other foods as well.

WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON WITH THIS??? They said 1 out of every 13 kids has food allergies. That's about 2 per classroom. Makes me wonder why. Growing up I felt like a freak! I was the only one with a food allergy.

I'm so afraid for my new little one! My 16 and 17 yr old have made it through without any food allergies. THANK GOD! I am on the fence as to how the schools handle food allergies. Most schools around us have peanut free tables and just take extra precaution. IMO making a school go peanut/nut free is impossible and gives a false sense of security. ....WHICH IS DANGEROUS! LIFE THREATENING!

I think it is important that the children with the allergies be taught how to live with them. They should also be taught to be on alert at all times. There is NEVER a circumstance where they are 100% free from coming into contact or having a reaction. I know about this all too well! I've had many trips to the ER. A shot of steroids has saved my life ( epi pen) . I have OCD. I don't think anyone is as safe as I am and I still can't avoid it as an adult! It was impossible when I worked for the school district subbing and Special Ed.

I don't think we have to " cater" to those with allergies but I do think its a good idea to educate children about the world and people around them. Schools can take measures without going completely peanut/ nut free as well by encouraging hand washing after snacks/ lunch, cafeteria and room set up, plans for the student and educating staff and all students!

Well that's my two cents for the morning :)
by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 7:51 PM

noone in my family has a food allergy!! thank god!!

by Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 9:33 PM

They have peanut free classes at my sons school. IDK how it works really but the classes w a child who is allergic nobody is allowed to bring peanut anything if they bring their lunch. Im glad my son didn't get put in that class because peanut butter sandwiches is about one of the only things this kid will eat!! 

by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM
It's crazy. I have 6 kids out of the 6, 4 have a food allergy. My 14 year old is highly allergic to cininmon, 9 year old is deathly allergic to Kiwi, 4 year old is allergic to milk and apples and the 1 year old is allergic to bananas, strawberries, and peanut. I am allergic to strawberries as well I went 32 years being able to eat them and one day I ate one and I had hives and my throat was swelling shut.
The older 3 of the 4 allergic know what they can not eat or touch. They know what will happen. All of my kids know not to touch the baby after eating what she is allergic to until they wash up. Same with each other no touching until they wash up.
by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM
None of my kids have food allergies. My one sisters daughter has a milk allergy. It's from her dad giving her cottage cheese at 2 months old though. My other sister her daughter has a banana allergy and her son they are testing for milk soy nut and something else. She breastfeeds him so its like a guessing game. I never heard of non major (milk egg nut etc) allergies until my niece with the banana allergy her Bio dad is allergic to pineapple. I always thought that was odd cause I never knew you could be allergic to it cause you don't hear about it. My mil is allergic to cinnamon. Me and my oldest are allergic to different meds. He's allergic to penicillin and I'm allergic to ancef. Both antibiotics. Crazy thing is they are both types that are 1 molicule different and most people are allergic to both. But he can take the ancef kind and I can take penicillin. I actually just found out the ancef allergy during my last pregnancy.
by Platinum Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 9:57 PM

my son has a diary allergy.  

they said he would out grow it, but he never did.

by Silver Member on Sep. 8, 2013 at 8:31 AM
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 I agree with you. So far ds is not alergic to anything but in our house alone we have....

Me tree nuts

Mil peanuts, and yeast I think she has one more with food but its something off the wall that we don't buy.

Yes we have peanut butter in the house along with netella(sp). Ds knows at the age of 3 if you have either of those you go wash your hands and brush your teeth.  We are raising him to be aware that people have allergies and things can hurt someone.  He even knows I have a bee allergy and when I got stung he has gone and got dh to help me because my pen wasn't outside one day.

by Amanda on Sep. 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM

My SIL sent us the link to it.  My nephew is highly allergic to nuts and possible some other things.

by Amanda on Sep. 8, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Both my cousins did, but I know that some people do not.  I feel bad for those who do not.

Quoting happymommy1105:

my son has a diary allergy.  

they said he would out grow it, but he never did.

by on Sep. 8, 2013 at 10:17 AM

I went until I was 14 years old without any allergies - or least bad reactions to them. I took my usual walk one day like I did every day - down to the spring to get a gallon of fresh, cold water - came back with these huge welps on my legs and it was spreading fast and painful. Went to the ER, and the following week to an allergy specialist. They did a few tests - found out I was allergic to not only grass, trees and flowers, but I had a couple food allergies. I'm allergic to broccoli and cauliflower, pinto beans. I have since developed an intolerance for milk as well. I would be devastated to be allergic to nuts and chocolate!

Now that I have an understanding to allergies, it raises my question to how kids with said allergies would have been handled in my elementary school. When I was in elementary school, if we didn't have money to buy our lunch we could only get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I had to do that twice and I was in 3rd grade at that time. If I was allergic, would I have just not eaten anything?

by on Sep. 8, 2013 at 6:32 PM

my son is allergic to cinnamon!

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