Originally Posted by greenmom17
Thank you both for your opinions. Can I ask you a few questions?
Are your pa kids contact sensitive? At what age would you be comfortable with them sitting at a regular table?
mama1803, our school district only allows inhalers for asthma to be carried on the person, as it is "life saving." Duh, what is an epipen?
Are your kiddos wearing Medic Alert bracelets as well? DD just outgrew hers and we need to replace it. Just curious.
I'm not sure if ds is contact sensitive. He was diagnosed with pa through a blood test for a suspected dairy allergy at 14 months of age--he had never eaten peanuts at that point, but was exposed through my breastmilk. He's never come in contact with peanuts that we know of, although our allergist said that pa being contact sensitive is extremely rare. He did have an oral challenge at the doctor's office before he started school but the doctor started immediately with the pb in his mouth and didn't test specifically for contact sensitivity. Now I'm wishing he would have.
As far as when I'll feel comfortable letting him sit at the regular table I don't know. I've always been of the opinion that as ds got older I'd feel better about his pa allergy--instead I find more and more things to worry about. We are now entering the age of slumber parties, sleepaway camp, birthday parties where the parents just drop the kids off-things that I'm definitely not comfortable with. Right now I am telling myself that I'll feel better about possible exposure once ds can administer the epi pen himself and we don't have to rely on others to do it for him. I read somewhere that studies show a kid isn't capable of administering an epi on his own until the age of 10-12 years.
I think the law in your school district stinks and is downright absurd. Right after ds was diagnosed my dh received a job offer in N. Carolina. At the time the law there was that epi pens couldn't be worn on person, in fact I think the story that brought this to light was a parent got arrested because they sent their kid to school with his epi despite previous objections of the school district. It definitely gave me something to think about as far as moving there (we ended up not going for totally other reasons). As far as I know N. Carolina has since changed their law to allow epi pens to be worn or carried. Perhaps if you contacted an organization like FAAN they could provide assistance in getting your school district to revise it's policy.
Right now ds doesn't have a medic alert bracelet. Frankly, the only place he goes without us is school and they are well aware of his allergy. But as he gets older we obviously won't be able to be everywhere he goes and I think the medic alert bracelet is a good idea.