Dairy allergies at school

By The Allergy Mom Latest Activity July 30, 2013 at 10:52 am Views 794 Replies 8 Likes 1

The Allergy Mom

In Western countries, dairy is 3rd behind peanuts & tree nuts in list of foods associated w/ most severe allergic reactions in children I recognize the inconvenience to parents of non-allergic children when packing lunches but request empathy for the parents such as myself who fear for their child's safety at school.

Dairy allergies are higher in young children than peanut allergies and both can cause the same life-threatening severe allergic or anaphylactic reaction when ingested. We are very focused on peanut and tree nuts, but a milk allergy can be very dangerous.

Sabrina's law in Ontario was created after Sabrina Shannon died in her first year of high school after eating french fries contaminated with dairy.

At my daughter's school, I requested appropriate risk reduction strategies including cleaning and supervision and was shocked when I was told it was not possible for teachers or custodians to clean the classroom after children ate dairy. The school chose to request parents not send in dairy which created an uproar amongst parents and singled my daughter out as the reason why others couldn't enjoy the foods they wanted. It was a very stressful introduction for us into the school system. How to keep our child safe and work with the administration at the school and board without ruffling too many feathers. At the end of the day we just want our child to be alive. How would these parents feel if the yogurt they sent was responsible for the death of my child? What is the answer???

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  • Kenty
    Kenty September 30, 2013 at 12:43 am   

    Unfortunately, those whose child/children don't suffer from allergies like food allergies don't understand the risks that children face at school on a daily basis. Milk tends to "hide" in products. Your daughter must be very careful and always on her toes as well as you and her teacher-especially with class parties. I can just imagine what you face daily. Education is the key-you were correct in your requests. There is a but-parents don't understand unless they go through it with their own selves or their own children. Each year, people of all ages die from allergic reactions. I do agree with you-more should be done to protect the kids. Maybe you and your husband can start a movement in your daughter's school? Maybe get an assembly and share the dangers and have a doctor be a guest speaker? Maybe just starting to educate them will help protect your daughter and those children who have severe allergies in that school also? You never know, you may save a child's life by doing this.

  • The Allergy Mom
    The Allergy Mom October 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm   

    Thank you Kenty for your advice and your supportive words. It is appreciated :)

  • dks10
    dks10 October 7, 2013 at 4:14 pm   

    I do understand. My father has been taking me to Drs. and trying to find something to help me since I was 2 years old. He's just wonderful with me and very understanding. Luckily he's never had any problems with his sinuses. He sure does have a great heart when it comes to dealing with my allergies though. You or anyone can always talk to me about allergy or sinus problems. Been there all my life, just try to take it one day at a time. God bless you and yours.

  • The Allergy Mom
    The Allergy Mom October 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm   

    Thank you Dks10 and Kenty -I have actually been very happy with how the school year is going for my daughter (touch wood)… I think it was a rough start but now everyone is being very diligent to keep her safe and I am very thankful. I think they are realizing how serious these allergies are after receiving all my newsletters! I subscribed them to my Allergy mom newsletter from my website : www.theallergymom.com so that they hear the stories and are better educated on epinephrine and allergies in general.

  • Kenty
    Kenty October 28, 2013 at 12:35 am   

    I am glad. It sounds like a huge relief. I am glad that the school is starting to take this issue seriously. There's no telling how many children at your daughter's school are in the same boat as she is. I hope it continues to go well for you. My daughter was highly allergic to strawberries. Now that we kept them out of her diet, we are slowly introducing them back in. So far, it's been good. She has had a mild reaction (rash around her mouth that cleared up with Benadryl). I pray that your daughter will outgrow her reaction also.

  • Kenty
    Kenty October 6, 2013 at 12:54 am   

    You're welcome. I hope it helps you. How's the school year going with your daughter? Is she being kept safe?

  • dks10
    dks10 September 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm   

    Melissa this is so sad. I don't have an answer for you, and I'm not sure anyone will. It must be so scary not knowing if your child is going to be at risk at school. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the other parents like you.

  • The Allergy Mom
    The Allergy Mom September 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm   

    Thanks :) Just hearing those words is actually very comforting and kind. It is sometimes very isolating and feels nice just to be understood! Thank you!