A mother has been reprimanded for sending her four-year-old daughter to school with a boiled egg in her lunch.
People criticized the Australian mother for being “reckless” due to the allergy risk for other children after posting a photo of her child’s lunch on Facebook.
The mother was faced with scathing comments instead of welcoming compliments after sharing the youngster’s lunch.
One mum wrote: “My daughter is allergic to eggs, it’s the most common allergy according to our allergist, more common than nuts.”
Another said: “One of my daughter’s friends from kindy was allergic to so much that even if someone touched a nut or egg and touched her she would come out in welts.”
Many people said the mum was “irresponsible” for carrying the egg for lunch, but she defended her decision and the eggs are not an issue in her child’s classroom.
The mum added: “They have implied I don’t care about allergies which isn’t the case.
“My daughter also love almonds but I don’t send those or peanut butter sandwiches because of the allergy risk.
“There isn’t an egg issue in my daughters kinder [kindergarten] if there was a serious issue I would never put a child’s life at risk,.”
Some others claimed they’d never heard of an egg-free kindergarten, but they were immediately corrected.
‘Eggs are not allowed at my daughter’s kindergarten.’ ‘I wish it wasn’t because eggs are so versatile and healthful, but we don’t do eggs because we have a child with that allergy,’ one mother explained.
A sandwich, chopped strawberries, crackers, a muesli bar, yoghurt drops, and the controversial egg were all included in the ‘offending’ lunchbox.
While some criticized the mother, others complimented her on her meal choice and even asked where she obtained the yoghurt drops.
Egg allergy is one of the most common causes of allergies in children. Many children, but not all, outgrow the allergy before adolescence.
One out of every 10 young Australian children has a food allergy, with cow’s milk, eggs, and nuts being the most prevalent allergens.
Raw egg allergy is widespread and estimated to affect approximately 8.9% of 1-year-old children. Many of these children can tolerate cooked eggs in their diets.
When a child is given an egg for the first time, most egg allergy reactions occur between the ages of 6 and 15 months. Fortunately, tolerance to egg develops between three and four years, allowing many youngsters to consume eggs as they grow older.
Egg allergy symptoms can range from moderate reactions to severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). Allergic skin responses are the most prevalent egg allergy symptoms. Other symptoms include a runny nose and itchy, watery eyes (similar to hay fever), cramping, nausea, and vomiting.
Everyone’s immune system is different, and egg allergy can manifest itself in various ways, from moderate to severe. Symptoms might arise minutes or hours after eating eggs or foods containing eggs.