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|Originally posted by dreadmama
I don't understand why it is better for a private school to ban peanuts over a public school? And there would be the same inconsistancies with a private school as with public schools (parents bringing or sending products with peanuts, etc.).
This is a no brainer for me!
|Originally posted by shelbean91
When an allergy is life threatening, it is very well a disability. This isn't just stuffy noses, runny eyes, sinus headaches- this is hospitalization or death, within a very short amount of time. I don't think anyone is saying peanut free is solving the problem, nor is it giving parents peace of mind because they know that any day there could be an innocent mistake.
Yes, it is putting some responsiblities on others, but if you don't want to change your lifestyle and accept the responsiblity to accomodate the needs of the highly allergic student, pull your own child out of school and homeschool- that's your right. Putting out a letter to keep peanuts out of school isn't accomodating a 'whim' of the child and parent, it is helping reduce the chance of death.
Putting your child in a carseat isn't going to guarantee they will survive a crash, but it will greatly increase their chances. Just like removing peanuts won't guarantee an allergic reation won't happen, but it will greatly reduce the chances.
|Originally posted by mamamaya
This is what I don't understand. There seems to be a group within this discussion that thinks peanut allergy children should be homeschooled, tutored, private schooled, whatever...I'm just wondering, how do you feel about allowing other children with disablilitie into the classroom? Do you feel they should be homeschooled as well?
The second thing I don't understand is if you don't feel the allergy is a disability, why should the child be homeschooled?
I don't think that that's what people on the other fence are
getting so upset about. I thinkl what's happening here is that there is a deeper dynamic at play here about children with disablilites---and where they belong. Why should someone who is a little different have to stay home, or go to private school???
Glad this thread is back
|Originally posted by pumpkinhead
You've just described a huge percentage of those who are peanut allergic. This thing about this allergy is that those who have it react with moderate to severe anaphylaxsis upon even minute exposure. These children do just fine, for the most part, in peanut free classrooms/zones.
No one can prevent accidents! NO ONE! But accidents happen to all of us regardless of the most careful planning. I don't think children should be isolated from their peers just becaause an accident *could* happen. If this were so, we'd never let any of our children do anything ever! It's like saying : I'm not going to let little jenny go to the play ground every because the possibility that she might fall off the monkey bars is too great.
|I don't understand WHY its a disability....there are lots of other allergies than can cause hospitilization. It's catering to a really small minority. Period. It's forcing responsibility and NOT NOT NOT solving an issue. Period.|
|Originally posted by anothermama
Oh my goodness!
I can't belive that YOU mamas are making the WORLD responsible for one thing about your childs health!!!!!!!!!!
(BTW, all the stats I've seen have said the instance of people in the us TOTAL that have a nut allergy is 1 percent
And the ammount of KIDS in that population who could DIE from it CLEARLY fall into the less than half a percent of all people in the US!!!!!!! It's not a ton of kids!!!!!!)
|Your child's right to eat a peanut butter sandwich ends with my child's right to go to school and come home alive at the end of the day.|
|Originally posted by oceanbaby
At the risk of being totally misunderstood, I respectfully disagree with this. It is definitely more important that your child come home alive than my child eat a peanut butter sandwich, but my child's rights do not end because of your child's special needs.
Please remember that during this entire discussion I have said that I would happily comply with a peanut free policy in any school that my child attended. I personally wouldn't send my child to school if it put his life at risk, but that's not my decision to make for your child.
But I think the attitude that your kid's rights are more important than another kid's rights is what pisses people off. Absolutely it is important that we do what we can to accommodate as many special needs people as we can. But let's not take it to the other extreme - it doesn't mean that the rights of a special needs person are more important than the rights of any other person.
|Aflatoxin is also recognized as a potent carcinogen that causes liver cancer in laboratory animals.|
|According to a Consumers Union study done a few years ago, eating peanut butter that contains an average level of only two parts per billion of aflatoxin once every 10 days would present a cancer risk of seven in one million. Small as that may seem, it's higher than the estimated risk of cancer from most pesticides. And that's if you can restrict your children's peanut butter consumption to once every 10 days!|
|Originally posted by Clarity
given the link we're learning about with consumption in pregnancy and nursirsing, creating more highly nut-allergic children, I certainly don't think it should be in WIC. Perhaps the prevelance in govt food programs, given to the highest-at-risk for allergies people, could explain some of what we're seeing. Some enormous number of mothera and children get WIC. But then WIC gives tuna too, also not the best form of protein for pregnancy, nusring and little ones. How about some beans!
|Originally posted by anothermama
I think whatever the condition is, the MORE severe your childs condition is, the LESS responsibility others have for it. Sure, it must be very VERY hard for the parents. Just like it's hard for parents of kids with lukemia or kids with mental disabilities...but it's one of those things you take on when you have a kid...some kids will have extreme health problems and you have to deal with them...not make other people deal with them.
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