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Posted by Mary on March 21, 2000 at 09:46:01:

In Reply to: Banning Peanuts at daycare centers posted by Michele Richoux on March 20, 2000 at 16:29:56:

: My toddler has a peanut allergy, and attends preschool at a church day care center. I am looking for info from other parents in same situation. I would like our center to ban peanuts in her classroom, to prevent exposure and possible reaction--they currently have no policy on this and seem reluctant to institute one. Have heard many daycare centers in other states ban peanuts regardless of whether any student in a class has this allergy. Does anyone have any info on this, or advice if your child has peanut allergy, but school still allows peanuts? Please email replies to lmrichoux@aol.com. Thanks!

I can understand your concern for your toddler but if we ban peanuts because your child is allergic to them does that mean we should ban milk if my child were allergic to dairy?? You can certainly ask you childs teacher if she would refrain from serving peanuts and things with peanut oil etc in them for this year but to ban them is a little much to ask when you consider how many other children are allergic to things other than peanuts. How many diabetics are in your childs class?? They should not have concentrated sweets but we don't ban those either. I am not trying to be harsh just want to remind you that there are others out there who also need special diets etc and it would be a bit rediculous to ban peanuts with out banning all the other things the other children can't have due to allegies or medical conditions.

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