Hi everyone! Hope it's okay if I post this here, I thought you would be the best resource!
My almost 2 year old son is in daycare. They appear to be very "allergy friendly" (not sure if that's a correct term or not) as they've been egg and nut free since we started sending in foods. Today I went in and was informed that there's a child/children (they don't disclose who) that is allergic to sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and mustard seeds, so we need to make sure whatever we send in doesn't contain any of those. This obviously puts a cramp in my sending of hummus and sunbutter in place of peanut butter like I have been, but more importantly, raises a couple questions on my part.
1) The seed allergy thing is new to me. I often send in quinoa with my son, which is a seed. The DCP didn't know if this would trigger the allergy, and will check with the mother, but on the possible chance the mother doesn't know what quinoa is, does anyone here have any experience? If no one knows, my gut is to not send it, because better safe than sorry, but it's such as easy thing for me to make and send in, I'd prefer to know for sure.
2) My son's birthday is next month and we've already invited all the kids from his school. Because I don't know what kids have the egg/peanut allergies, my plan was just to serve sun-butter and jelly sandwiches (can be made ahead of time and served cold). I'm hesitant to do that now, because I also don't know which kid has the sunflower seed allergy. Is there a good substitution that any of you use or can think of?
3) I was telling my mom about the new restrictions this morning and she said how they should just make sure the 2 year olds aren't sharing lunches. I told her I'm pretty sure it's more of a danger than just sharing lunches, but I honestly am not familiar with the extent. Off the top of my head I can see it being an issue with toddlers eating off the floor and teachers not seeing everything that lands there, but there's also usually a tactile concern, right? Like if they're putting toys in their mouth, or touching each other/toys?