Dairy allergies at school
By July 30, 2013 at 10:52 am 460 8 1
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???