…because I just got a call from Minnow’s daycare saying that she’d accidentally been given two foods that she hadn’t yet been introduced to: Orange juice and cheese crackers. Apparently, a substitute teacher didn’t bother to read the menu circling which foods Minnow was and wasn’t eating. So, what’s the big deal about a little snack.
No less a mainstream source than babycenter.com has this to say about introducing citrus fruits:
And, well, cheese crackers have dairy by definition (and probably soy too)…and I think I’ve made it pretty clear why Minnow isn’t routinely chowing down on dairy.
So I was pretty ticked. The daycare has given Minnow the wrong foods before, but always just someone else’s jar food and it’s never been potential (or known) allergens.
Fortunately when I was able to talk to the center director, she gave me exactly the answer I wanted to hear. She was pretty livid too and she promised that all teachers who ever work in the infant rooms (including floaters and subs) would be getting extensive, individual training on infant nutrition. Because there could have been a major allergic reaction to an unintroduced food. (Minnow’s asleep now and seems fine, but I’ll bet we pay for their mistake later tonight.) The center director further promised that if there were any more violations after this that the employee would face disciplinary action.
It’s funny…when I started this post, I was pissed. Then the phone rang and the director and I spoke, and now I’m pleased with how seriously they are treating this. Mistakes happen, I get it. It’s the response to the mistakes that determines whether I’m going to continue to trust my precious Minnow to their care or not, and for now the trust remains. So long as they don’t go giving her any peanut butter and bubble gum….