I received a note this week from parents who were upset about a peanut ban at their North Carolina school — all because someone’s child has an allergy. But peanut bans in schools make sense if even one child has a known, potentially fatal allergy.
Young children love to share lunches — whether or not their parents instruct them otherwise. School parents need to understand that a child can die even when peanut products are simply being served from the same kitchen. For these reasons, almost half of the deaths from peanut allergies occur at school.
Non- allergic children can have all the peanut butter and jelly they want — at home!