Are Nut Bans Promoting Hysteria?
Written on December 16, 2008 by Kevin.
This seems to be a huge question lately. Dr. Nicholas A. Christaki seems to believe that parents like my wife and I are crazy for thinking that nut-free areas are a good idea. He throws the numbers on the table and says that because on 150 people die annually from serious food allergies, it does not warrant changes. The sides have been divided and people have opinions...
At this moment, 199 comments (increasing quickly) have been written on the NY Times article about this topic. Some people think we are crazy that schools are being asked to make minor changes such as removing nuts entirely. They seem to all believe that the child with a severe allergy can manage his own and prevent any problems. Do you honestly think you can trust a 1st grader to carry around an epipen at all times and make sure to ask everyone that gives them food what the ingredients are? This is ridiculous and shows just how small minded some people can be. Can you put trust in all of the other children to make sure that they don't purposely or not, spread peanut butter onto another child. Depending on the severity of the allergy, the mere dust of a peanut can cause anaphylactic shock. This is a very fast acting problem as it can swell your throat shut very quickly. Do you expect a child to administer the epipen to themselves? Do you trust that if a child has a reaction, that another child would know the signs and tell someone which then would have to run to the nurse to get an epipen. Death comes in minutes, not hours.
This issue is really not worth discussing. It is what it is. Peanuts are poison. Would you want poison so close to your child? I would think not. For a moment, think outside of your little world. Think of this minor change as an inconvenience but not worth getting worked up about. Think of all of the parents in the world that have to deal with a child with an allergy that could kill them. Every meal that my family eats has to be thoroughly examined. You try doing this for a week, let alone a lifetime.