Mum comes under fire over her four-year-old daughter's lunchbox

Mum comes under fire over her four-year-old daughter’s lunchbox – so do you see anything wrong with it?

  •  A mum has been slammed over her choice to add an egg to her child’s lunchbox
  •  The mum sent the boiled egg to school with the four-year-old girl
  •  People said it was irresponsible because some kids are allergic to eggs

A mum has been forced to defend her choice to send her four-year-old daughter to school with a boiled egg, after others labelled her ‘reckless’ due to allergy risk.

The mum posted a photo of her pre-schooler’s lunch on a popular Facebook group, but instead of friendly banter about the prettily prepared lunch the mum was slammed.

‘My daughter is allergic to eggs, it’s the most common allergy according to our allergist, more common than nuts,’ one mum said.

A mum has been forced to defend her choice to send her four-year-old daughter to school with a boiled egg, after others labelled her ‘reckless’

Another slammed the school and parent for being irresponsible. 

‘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.’

But the mum said egg isn’t an issue in her child’s classroom.

‘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 if there was a serious issue I would never put a child’s life at risk,’ she said.

Some said they had never heard of an egg-free kinder, but were quickly corrected.

‘My daughter’s kinder is egg free. I wish it wasn’t as eggs are so versatile and healthy but of course, because there is a child with that allergy, we don’t do eggs,’ one mum said.

The lunchbox included a sandwich, some  chopped strawberries, vegetable chips, a muesli bar, yoghurt drops and the egg. 

Some parents did comment on how great the lunchbox looked, even asking where the mum picked up her yoghurt drops. 


Food allergy occurs in around 10% of infants, 4-8% of children, and about 2% of adults in Australia and New Zealand. 

The most common food allergens are as follows:

 1- Cow’s milk

2- Egg

3- Peanuts

4- Tree nuts 

 5- Sesame

6- Soy

7- Fish

8- Shellfish

9- Wheat 

Mild or moderate food allergic reactions are common in Australia. Severe allergic reactions, anaphylaxis, due to food allergy are less common and deaths from anaphylaxis are rare. 

Death from anaphylaxis can be avoided by doing the following:

1- Careful food allergen avoidance

2- Correct posture during a reaction (laying flat, in recovery position or sitting with legs outstretched)

3- Prompt administration of adrenaline (epinephrine)

SOURCE: Australasian society of clinical immunology and allergy

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