This is a great question and one that is very relevant in this current climate. Many children are allergic to food items, and some allergies can be life threatening!
Often, public places such as preschools or children’s facilities will have rules that state they are a peanut free facility. If there is a clear sign, it’s imperative to follow these rules.
However, if you are in a public place that doesn’t have a sign, such as a park or library snack area, and someone approaches you with this request, you do have a choice to make. Either you can leave the facility or move your child much further away from the child with allergies, or you can allow your child to continue eating. You may be slightly irritated if a parent asks you to move because their child is allergic. It may even seem like a selfish request. This is a public place, after all. HOWEVER.
Peanut allergies can be extremely serious, and for some children, even a whiff of the stuff can provoke a life-threatening reaction. So, the bottom line is this. If you’re lucky enough to have a child who doesn’t have allergies, it’s considerate of you to comply with requests of parents who don’t have that luxury. Put away the culprit food, don’t bring it in the first place, or move to a different table. Convenience for you…life and death for them.
And, just for good measure, peanut butter residue can cause allergic reactions as well. It’s a good idea to wash your hands after eating peanut butter in public, especially if you’re about to shake hands or touch anyone else. Just another way to be extra considerate of those around you.
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