Food allergies in children are on the rise. Estimates show they have risen by about 50% in the last 20 years. One in 13 kids will have a food allergy which means even if your child isn't allergic, someone in their class will be. As parents, it's our job to set a good example, which means teaching your children to be sensitive to kids with food allergies. (Bullying often starts at a young age towards children with food allergies.) It also means being aware of the foods you send your children to school with. Even if a food doesn't contain tree nuts or peanuts, tons of food is manufactured in facilities where there are tree nuts or peanuts. You'd be amazed by the foods that can have traces of tree nuts and peanuts. The only way to know for sure, is to read the food label.
It may say any of the following:
May Contain Peanut or Tree Nuts
Processed on shared equipment with Peanuts or Tree Nuts
Manufactured in a plant with Peanut or Tree Nuts
Contains Peanut or Tree Nut Ingredients
You'd be surprised how many of your favorite foods (ex. Snyder's pretzels, yogurt covered raisins, Goldfish graham cookies) are packaged in facilities with tree nuts/peanuts so be sure to check the labels carefully and periodically. Companies frequently change their labels.
Some great, tree nut and peanut allergy safe healthy options (as of 9/13/2016):
mozzarella string stick
little boxes Sun-maid raisins (not yogurt covered)