Today, I managed to get a small taste of what a milk allergic mom goes through.
I just dropped B off at school and saw something baffling.
They have alphabet snacks, meaning each week someone brings in a food with a different letter - we had "V" so I brought in vegetables with dip. In theory, it's a cute idea, but what a pain in the butt when you have food allergies to worry about!
So today is "Z" day and the mom brought in Za'atar rolls, which in and of itself is a pretty awesome idea for a Z snack! But here's where the insanity came in to play.
B has a classmate (let's call her X) with a milk allergy.
So while I'm getting B settled (coat off, homework in cubbies, etc.) this creative mom brought the snack in and told the teacher it was safe for everyone. Of course I chimed in (uh, grilled more like it, but I was nice - really!) and asked about the ingredients to determine whether or not it was safe for B.
But then she says "It's safe for X, too. There's no milk in it, but I just used cheese in the dough."
I looked at her and said "What exactly do you think cheese is made from?"
Blank stare in return from both her and B's teacher. X would be having a different snack today.
But what if I wasn't there to point that out?? I don't think X is ana to milk, but still. We should still be educated and vigilant about keeping our allergic kids safe.
It never ends, I guess.
When we get around to educating parents in B's class next year, I think I'll pull together a handout detailing the top 8 allergens and examples of each food.
Have any of you guys experienced something like this? I've had the 'she can't eat peanuts but she can have other nuts, right?' line, but that one's sort of understandable - they are two different things.
I'm interested to hear your thoughts - should I have just butted out??
p.s. just found this neat handout for foods to avoid with a milk allergy - this will come in handy!
ppss. and here's one for peanut allergy!