Allergies and Etiquette
It’s estimated that about 40% of Australians have an allergy of sorts and that around 20,000 children have an anaphylactic allergy*. While neither of my kiddos have allergies, lots of our little friends do and some severely so.
And so I wonder, what’s the etiquette? Or, to put it another way, do we have a social and moral responsibility to these little ones and if so, what is it?
Not long ago I took Bliss to a Colin Buchanan concert. I was heavily preggers with Bear at the time so HH got her ready. Not only did he give her peanut butter for breakfast, he was about to pop her in the car with remains of it dripping all over her when I caught site of her. While I understand why it didn’t occur to him, in my mind Bliss was potentially a walking, talking danger to another little child. Only after a thorough wipe down & change of clothes later did we set off.
I won’t make peanut butter sandwiches or similar if we are going to a public event or public place, like a swimming pool. I’ll also avoid giving Bliss any peanuts for breakfast before such an event just in case.
Though I’ve worked with kids for a long time and therefore have this stuff is on my radar, we’re still not immune to forgetfulness. The day after Bear was born my Mum packed Bliss up for kinder and sent her with a PB sandwich. HH got lecture about it when he picked her up & it wasn’t til he got home that he twigged. We just hadn’t thought to say anything.
Am I alone in this? In a society with increase allergies how do we take some corporate responsibility for the well being of our little people? I certainly think we should, and yet am quite sure that some would consider it “not my problem”.
Do you think about allergies when you prepare food for your kids ? For those of you who are parents of child/ren with allergies , or perhaps are allergic yourself, what are your expectations of friends and of the goodwill of strangers at a public event, concert or venue? What advice would you give me to help me make life that bit easier for you, or does it not make a difference?
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