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Travelling with an epipen - creche on skiing holiday safe?

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Schulte Thu 20-Oct-11 20:50:05

So I am entering a whole new world with a child who's got an epipen for a peanut allergy. She's allergic to egg too but I am hoping that that allergy isn't severe (she's never eaten egg so God only knows).

We're going skiing in February and she was supposed to go to ski kindergarten but I am not sure I trust them to keep her safe. Her big sister is going though and I don't want DD2 to feel left out.

WWYD?

Schulte Thu 20-Oct-11 20:51:09

Should have added - most kids have lunch at the ski kindergarten but they did say DDs could bring a lunchbox. I don't know what their policy is on nuts etc though as this is Austria and I don't think they do nut free zones there.

babybarrister Sat 22-Oct-11 19:44:36

I sent DS at 1 to ski kindergarten in Switzerland with epipen and long list of allergens - I made sure they understood and provided food every day for them. As i remember it they basically stuck a sign on him in German saying nil by mouth, do not feed !

babybarrister Sat 22-Oct-11 19:45:34

BTW my DS allergic to nuts in his long list of allergens - I have no idea if kindergarten nut fre or nut but as I do not agree with bans anyway it was not relevant to me

bananafrosting Sat 22-Oct-11 19:56:02

Knowing the continental general attitudes to vegetarianism (a different issue I know) and health and safety, I have to say I wouldn't risk it. Heard a horror story recently about a friend's severly nut-allergic child being given Crunchy Nut Clusters cereal, having been promised the premises were totally nut-free... If there isn't a general culture of awareness and such issues being taken seriously, IMHO you can't rely on the conscientiousness and alertness of the individuals concerned on the day...

bananafrosting Sat 22-Oct-11 19:57:46

Sorry I know that's a very unhelpful post. WWID? don't know... Is a nanny an option?

babybarrister Sat 22-Oct-11 20:33:14

I made a big point of contacting ski kindergarten beforehand and making absolutely sure they had all medical reports etc etc so I did not "leavew it chance" but laid it on really thick ,..

certainly in Switzerland the took it v seriously

Schulte Tue 25-Oct-11 18:26:33

Sorry v bad form - I started this threat and then totally forgot to check back - got distracted by DD getting croup. Thanks both for your replies. Grandma is coming along on skiing hols too and has offered to babysit, but it feels wrong for DD2 to feel left out when DD1 is going to kindergarten and learning how to ski. I think I'll have to go with my gut instinct?

Schulte Tue 25-Oct-11 18:26:54

Thread, not threat.

babybarrister Tue 25-Oct-11 19:36:55

I think one of the issues is whether you speak the language - otherwise can be more scary ...

Schulte Tue 25-Oct-11 20:05:18

I do - am German but have lived in the UK since before children, don't go 'home' much and have no idea how Germans/Austrians approach things like allergies!

tiredfeet Tue 25-Oct-11 20:10:54

Could they go to kindergarten but grandma turn up for meal times?

We're taking ds1 who has severe allergies in January, we have friends going who have offered to babysit some days but I am wobbling even about that and might just take it in turns with dh. Hard to know where to strike a balance!

tiredfeet Tue 25-Oct-11 20:10:54

Could they go to kindergarten but grandma turn up for meal times?

We're taking ds1 who has severe allergies in January, we have friends going who have offered to babysit some days but I am wobbling even about that and might just take it in turns with dh. Hard to know where to strike a balance!

Schulte Tue 25-Oct-11 20:23:04

I have considered that - send her in the morning, then ask grandma to take her out and give her lunch, maybe let her attend the afternoon session after lunch. I do need to know though that they won't allow the other children to smuggle in chocolates in their pockets... and that's difficult!

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