Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Food allergies, etc.
Food allergies, etc.
Thu, 22 Apr 1999 09:05:11 -0500
At last weekends campout one of our kids got sick. His stomach hurt & he
was generally a very unhappy camper. Eventually he decided he should go
home & luckily we were only about 10 miles outside of town so he could call.
I didn't think that homesickness was the cause because, although he's one of
our new Scouts he had been on our Chicago trip last month with no problems.
Anyway, when I talked with his father at Tuesday's meeting I found that the
boy is lactose-intolerant. That evening his Patrol had had lasagna, which
is full of guess what? Cheese. And to drink they had, guess again? Milk.
Luckily no permanant harm done. But there are some lessons here:
1--In our new parent orientation (which his parents attended) we mention
needing to know about medical conditions but we don't specifically mention
allergies. We'll need to stress this more. And perhaps we should actually
look over those medical forms that the kids hand us and we stick in the file.
2--Of course this kid knows his condition. And he was in on the menu
planning. But he just ate what the other guys ate, even though he probably
knew it would make him sick and even though he could have eaten with the
other Patrol. Why? Beats me. Perhaps shyness, or to fit in, or not
wanting to seem "special" or whatever. So remember: Don't assume that he
will speak up about these things. We have to watch this stuff (as if we
didn't have enough to think about).
Mark W. Arend
Beaver Dam Community Library
311 N. Spring St. Outside of a dog, a book is
Beaver Dam, Wisc. 53916 man's best friend. Inside of
(920) 887-4631 (fax 887-4633) a dog it's too dark to read.