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Unfortunately, even if you are a most proactive parent of a severely allergic child, willing to educate and provide alternative products for parents, most other parents are not willing to meet you half way. My peanut-allergic child is only three and our lives are enormously complicated; if it wasn´t we couldn´t keep her safe. She attends daycare so that I can work; I have provided many, many snacks so that other parents won´t have to and provided all of the parents with my contact information in case they have any questions. And yet, my daughter still gets to eat by herself in the director´s office because someone inevitably sends a PB&J wit their kid. But, if someone on staff started smoking a cigarette in front of the kids, there would be mob of angry parents wondering how someone could possibly endanger the health of their child. The funny thing? Second hand smoke has NOTHING on anaphalaxis. These same parents that complain about the crappy food on these safe lists should maybe, rather than complain about these foods, attend a school board meeting and offer some suggestions on how to fix this problem. There ARE solutions. But the problem is so much bigger than classroom "safe" lists. Also: "...Wordell says. “If we ban peanuts, what’s next? Soy? Milk? Wheat? If I do for one, I have to do for all.´"This is a horrible misnomer to promote. The reason that peanuts are different is because they are, more than any other allergy, DEADLY. Peanut allergies KILL more than any other allergy; BY FAR.
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