The following is a letter that I sent to my children’s school regarding allergies in children.
Please add this to your “letters to the mailbag” – so all parents can be informed, how dangerous allergies can be and they should think of others children, w/the same love and devotion they give to their own. It only takes a minute to do the right thing!
To all parents of Yeshiva X,
I am saddened that I have to write this letter. Like most of you, we send our children to school hoping that they will have a great day learning new things and that they will be growing up in a safe, healthy environment. People who don’t have allergic children are not fully aware of the real life threatening danger and worry that comes with food allergies, especially Peanuts.
An exposure to Peanuts or the offending allergen, doesn’t just mean “give him Benadryl and he’ll be fine.” Their reactions get progressively worse with each exposure. Each time a child with a peanut allergy is exposed by eating, inhaling and some just through contact with their skin, the allergic reaction worsens to the point that their throats might potentially swell up and close off his breathing and then Chas V’shalom a fatal outcome. We are not yet at that stage and with your help we will never get there.
I don’t want my child to keep getting exposed!!!!!
My 3 yr old son will be attending Yeshiva X in the fall and I want a healthy school environment for him. Unfortunately I don’t see that yet as a possibility. He has allergies to peanuts and tree nuts ,which means all other nuts.
While Yeshiva X is supposed to be Peanut Free, there are parents who don’t realize, understand or care about the welfare of my child and their friends and neighbors children and continually send snacks and food w/ nuts in them.
It is not fair to have the administration policing the school, having to check things that are being sent in and making them feel solely responsible. They don’t check each child’s snacks every day — how can they be expected to. Students and faculty, however, should not bring anything in period!
The product Bamba, is one of the most popular peanut concentrated snacks that exist other than Reeses. It was seen in the hands of a child in school. I happened to be in the school today and saw a child sitting on the floor with other boys. His snack of cookies were spilled out of the bag on the floor next to him with the child continuing to eat it off the floor.
While many cookies are O.K. others are not. Please understand items sometimes state in the ingredients: “may contain traces of nuts” or “made on the same equipment” – these could be just as detrimental as the real thing.
Please don’t have the attitude that “my child won’t share and therefore it is no big deal, he’ll eat it by himself.” Your child with his “peanut fingers” will now touch doorknobs, desks, pencils, toys, balls at recess, or anything else my child may come in contact with. And we all know that kids don’t wash their hands as often as we would like them too.
This applies to snack time, lunch time, and all parties and siyumim in school or even if a mother and child want to treat the class to a box of cookies, the ingredients must be checked!
If the shoe were on the other foot I am sure you would all be just as scared for the well being of your precious child. Saving one precious life (with such little effort), Hashem tells us, saves the entire world.
Please help me keep my child and yours healthy and safe.
People see it as an inconvenience, I see it as my child’s life, which is more important?
Please start right now.
Tizku L’mitzvos and thank you all.
A concerned parent.