When your child is diagnosed with a peanut allergy panic sets in.
Organizing, informing, and educating seems endless, and in a way it is.
But there is another side to the allergy.
The classmates and friends that your child will go to school with, the families who do not have experience with food allergies, and the fear of the unknown.
Today I have Stacey from the Peanut Free Zone here to give some tips on dealing with a child who has a peanut allergy in the classroom.
Have you just been introduced into the world of peanut allergies, and you’re wondering what to do?
Here are several ways you can help support a child with peanut allergies at daycare or school:
- Don’t send any peanut products with your child. Read labels to see if the product contains peanuts, and if it does, save it for your child to eat at home instead. Also, it’s best avoid products that say they were made on the same equipment, etc.
- Find out from the teacher or parent what safe snacks are allowed. I’m sure they’ll happily provide you with a list of snacks that are safe for their child. Make sure you ALWAYS read the label of the snacks before purchasing, because ingredients and manufacturing process sometimes change.
- If you make something, and you know it’s safe….don’t send it in to the class. They won’t know if there was cross-contamination in your kitchen and the child won’t be able to eat it. (And it’s sad to see a child get excluded from what their classmates get to do).
- Don’t send in anything from a bakery. Bakeries have a high chance of cross-contamination.
- Teach your child not to share or trade food and drinks with their classmate.
- Teach your child how to properly wash their hands after eating. If they eat any peanut products before school, make sure they wash their hands and clean their face.
- Encourage your child to look after their classmate’s safety and tell an adult if their classmate feels ill.
- Encourage your child to tell an adult if anyone is bullying or teasing their classmate because of their peanut allergy.
- Help educate your child about peanut allergies, through books and videos.
- Reach out to the parent. Sometimes they feel like they are all alone, and it will mean so much to hear an encouraging word and know that someone cares.
Thank you for taking the time to learn how you can help children with peanut allergies! For more tips, products and resources on peanut allergy safety, please visit us at www.peanutfreezone.com
Stacey has an M.A. in Education and is a fabulous resource on everything peanut free! I encourage you to visit her site for signage, lunch bags, stickers, tattoos, emergency plans, etc.
She’s also the featured expert at Ezine Articles where she talks about the importance of educating everyone on peanut and food allergies.
Thank you so much Stacey! It’s so important to educate everyone about food allergies and the dangers of ignoring them. I’m so glad you took the time to be here today.
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