If you are told a child in your care has a severe food allergy, BELIEVE THEM. Don’t kill a 3-year-old with a grilled cheese sandwich.
“We will get to the bottom of what happened here . . . and whether the facility could have done something differently to prevent this tragedy.” Well, YEAH: Don’t give kids food that you know they’re severely allergic to.
It takes time to learn how to avoid all forms of food you’re allergic to. Hell, I still didn’t recognize peanut butter cookies when I was 17 (which could have killed me b/c I had forgotten my epi-pen – I’m lucky I got to it in time).
And now that we have decent substitutes for cheese, maybe that 3-year-old was used to grilled Daiya sandwiches at home & didn’t realize it was the real thing until it was too late.
Plus kids that small have no choice but to trust the adults taking care of them. There’s a power difference. Not all kids can push back against an insistent adult.
Keep that issue of power imbalance in mind when you read other stories in the news today, too.
Followup post on my earlier tweetstorm: When you’re told a child in your care has a severe @foodallergy, you need to believe it. Don’t expect a 3-year-old to self-advocate. But listen if they do.