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Kids washing their face for child with peanut allergy

To do the job, It is not soaps specific ingredients that matter, it is the sudsing. As long as the ingredients are not peanut derived all should be fine. Just plain oats contain saponin - a natural based soap (sudser) already packaged by nature to foam. Oats also make a good exfoliator (think comet for your face). Foam + Scrub = clean. Now you wont get the amazing foam from something like Dial, but it will do the job.

Do a test by yourself at work or home. The oatmeal wash recipe vs peanut butter. Get your fingers smeared, wipe with a paper towel: can you still smell the pb? Probably. Touch thin paper, see any grease spots? Then wash with the oat recipe. Do the same sniff and blot test. You will probably pass both counts.

You are an educator and mentor for these families. I suggest bringing the parties together for a compromise face to face. Perform the test if you feel it would be helpful (use a peanut free spread like sunbutter which has oils to keep the anxietyt down). With the hand and face washing I am guessing pre-schoolers or toddlers? Are they sharing manipulatives that may go in their mouths (by function or developmental stage)?

The face washing is a bit extreme. Accepting the face washing condition is already a big (unusual) accomodation. If the parents of the sensitive skin children are willing to use the PA families choice of cleanser for their hand, that is huge. In the spirit of compromise, let each parent use their preferred cleanser for their childs face.

My daughter was hypersensitive to food AND chemicals - special soap all the way. Here was our compromise: In preschool, my daughter washed her hands when needed with the schools harsher soap (with a longer rinse and we all watched for redness). If she needed a more thorough wash or face cleaning, they agreed to use the oatmeal wash and cloth I sent in her backpack.

Part of the educational process is navigating obstacles and finding compromises that support your childs disability. This mother sounds very stressed and maybe overwhelmed. There were and still are days when I have just wanted to put her in a bubble! I couldnt do it alone. I had help and mentors to guide me. Parents will need these skills to integrate their children into a school setting. Children need these skills to navigate on their own, and they learn form their parents, teachers and mentors.

I posted this on FB as well, but maybe some people only see one set of comments and not the other, so I figured Id post it here as well.

I have a child anaphylactic to peanuts, my husband is anaphylactic to tree nuts, and my daughter has such bad eczema that shes constantly covered with scratch marks just from scratching herself when she itches. The risk of anaphylaxis is frightening, but my daughter has been diagnosed with a staph infection more than once because she so often has open wounds, and I wouldnt take her somewhere if someone insisted she use a known irritant on her skin. I would ask the parents of the eczemic children to please refrain feeding their children anything containing peanuts on the days of the meetings, then allow them to clean their hands as they see fit. Unless the parents expect the kids to start kissing, I see no need for face washing. If these are young kids who still put fingers and toys in their mouths, I would think teeth brushing would be more helpful than face washing!