Peanut Allergies: I Can’t Believe We’re Still Talking About This

Peanut Allergies

Why are we still talking about peanut allergies?

If you’ve ever met me, you know by now that my kid has peanut allergies.  I’m pretty transparent about the situation in general.  I also have a hard time keeping quiet when someone ticks me off.  I can’t believe we’re still talking about this, but there are actually people who feel inconvenienced by kids with food allergies.  And you guessed it: I’m ticked off about it.

About a year ago, a Facebook “friend” posted a meme belittling kids with peanut allergies.  I wrote (er, ranted) about it here.  Well, it’s happened again.  And mama bear ain’t having it.

I don’t care if peanut butter and jelly is your kid’s favorite food.

I don’t care if they won’t eat anything else (I actually have a hard time believing it).

I don’t care if you have to take an extra 30 seconds out of your day to read the label on a package of food before bringing it to school.

You know what I do care about?  I care whether my kid lives or dies.  So forgive me for being less than sympathetic that your kid can’t bring their beloved pb&j to school.  Would you be ok with my kid lighting up a cigarette next to yours?  Or what if they brought a gun to school?  Would you be okay with that?  I don’t think so.

Now I know this might come across as a bit dramatic, but I won’t apologize for that.  Would I be expected to apologize for my kid having any other health issue?  My kid’s life is more important than your kid’s favorite food.  Plain and simple.

I don’t have an answer as to why so many kids have food allergies these days, nor do I care to debate the topic.  My job as a parent is to keep my kid alive.  This is why I can’t believe we’re still talking about the seriousness of peanut allergies.  I don’t intend to stop talking about it until others see it as it is: a serious health issue.  Just remember, nobody chooses to be a difficult parent or child in this situation.  Nobody says they have peanut allergies for attention or to inconvenience you. If you think otherwise, I have no nice way of saying this, so here it goes: get over yourself.

Photos courtesy of Brianna Rose Photography

12 thoughts on “Peanut Allergies: I Can’t Believe We’re Still Talking About This

  1. Oh my goodness! “Get over yourself.” YAAASSS!! My kids don’t have allergies, that we know of, but I couldn’t agree more with you!

  2. I can absolutely relate with you! We’re on the same boat. Almost a year ago, we found out that my son has a severe peanut allergy. Of course, I feel bad about those kids who can’t bring peanut to school. But they also have to be really sympathetic and sensitive to our kids because peanut allergy is life threatening.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  3. Yes! You go, momma! Such a serious issue that so many make light of. I think a lot of it stems from them not being educated on the topic, but it is so prevalent in today’s world, and it is a serious issue, as in many cases it is life or death. I saw this as a teacher – if it’s not personally happening to their child, many parents don’t understand the significance behind it and don’t abide by the safety concerns set in place. You keep being a great advocate for him!

  4. I can totally relate to this! My oldest son has a severe peanut allergy but, we have taught him how to stay aware and ask a lot of questions when we aren’t around because, you can’t rely on others to care as much.

  5. To me there is no contest between a kid’s right to eat peanut butter and a kid’s right to have a safe environment to attend school. This SHOULD be a non-issue, as you say. My kids aren’t allergic, and I’m not gonna lie, I’m going to have to get more creative about packing lunches because we eat a lot of peanut butter at home, but I don’t expect the child with allergies to be ostracized at school for something out of their control.

  6. THank you for sharing. My son has a peanut allergy and I completely agree with all your thoughts here. It is so hard walking alone with the allergies

  7. Good for you Mama! Monkey doesn’t have peanut allergies but we have others in our family who do. People thought we were crazy to wait as long as we did to introduce it and when we did we sat in the hospital parking lot because you never know! People need to understand the seriousness of this allergy and get on board.

  8. I hear you, mama! None of my kids have any allergies, but I have had a dairy allergy my entire life. I can’t tell you how many waiters have made me feel like I was the biggest inconvenience to their lives by asking them to check ingredients for menu items. “Sorry, I know it’s going to take you like 5 minutes, and you’re totally still getting paid while you’re doing it, BUT I COULD DIE if you feed me dairy”. So many people confuse my allergy with lactose intolerance too. “Can’t you just take a pill?” No, because I’m talking about my throat closing up, not a night of diarrhea. I also really enjoyed taking my kids to McDonald’s a few weeks ago, being very clear about my dairy allergy, but having the employee not tell me that their fries have milk in them. Yup–fries. Because, those totally need milk. Keep fighting for your son, continue to refuse to be complacent, and keep calling people out on their laziness and stupidity.

  9. This must be so stressful for you! I am so grateful that my kids don’t have food allergies… it seems like you must be so vigilant about exposing them to anything!

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