Shocking story I heard on the radio last week! Kids with peanut allergies are being banished to a separate table? Allergies are now becoming a social issue in addition to being life-threatening. I know all to well about the serious nature of nut allergies. At the age of 9 I witnessed my son’s throat close up as he reacted to eating a very small piece of walnut. Now he takes the avoidance approach to food and is constantly asking “what’s in that?”
Children more than adults are prone to getting nut allergies because their immune system isn’t fully developed. But why is the number of children with allergies increasing? Is our environment to blame or how we process our food or what a mom eats while pregnant?
These are all good questions that doctors and scientists are working on to find the answers. I found an interesting article about a scientist’s fix for nut allergies…keep reading.
What “peanut/nut free” suggestions do you have for your elementary school? How about a peanut butter and jelly table? Or go “nut free” in the kitchen so children who buy a school lunch can sit at the “peanut/nut free” table. Maybe it’s time for the school to go completely nut free? I’d love to hear from you!
The health, safety and well being of our children are important!
Would you let your child with a nut allergy eat a hypoallergenic nut?
Here’s an interesting article on HuffingtonPost.com – Scientists May Have Found The Fix For Nut Allergies
Couple of sentences that caught my eye from this article then I’ll let you read the rest:
“Peanut and tree nuts such as cashews and walnuts cause life-threatening allergic reactions in an estimated 19 million adults and children in the United States.”
“The only widely accepted practice for preventing an allergic reaction to nuts is strict avoidance-stay away from the food,” notes Christopher Mattison, a molecular biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. But because even the most careful nut avoider is still prone to accidentally ingesting one, Mattison decided to look for an alternate solution: changing the food instead of changing the person.”
I hope this post inspires you to ask what your child’s elementary school is doing for students with peanut and nut allergies.
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