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Peanuts And baseball

My family recently attended a NY met game at citified. My youngest daughter age 9 has a severe peanut allergy. We were very nervous throughout the game due to the large amount of people eating peanuts. Peanut shells were every where throughout the ball park. We needed to move our seat a few times due to people eating peanuts next to us. I even had to carry my daughter out of her seat to the bathroom to avoid her walking in peanut shells. I wiped down her seat and wouldn't let her touch the railing. Still it was very difficult to enjoy the game while we were worried about her allergy I know the ball field has 1 day a year they designate as peanut free, but it really limits going to the ball game the rest of the year. My question is how do you stay safe at professional baseball games? Also with the growing number of food allergies, especially peanuts which are air borne are major league baseball teams taking any steps to accommodate people with allergies. Perhaps a peanut free section at the ball park would be a start. I would like to know others thoughts and experience with baseball games. I would hate to take going to baseball game away from her. Thank you

By mom1995 on Sun, 12-06-15, 19:27

We NEVER went to baseball games. Reason when a peanut shell is cracked open it releases particles that do contain the entigen that cause the reaction. In fact those particles can travel up to 20 miles. With the level of our daughters allergy just breathing it could kill her. She is a young adult attending college now and manages her environment and stays vigilant about her surroundings.

I have to ask as you said you had to carry her at one point so how did you handle your shoes and other family members shoes? Just food for thought.

Every family finds their own path and we taught our daughter to not let her allergy stop her from having a life. We also taught her that there will be things you just shouldn't do because is not worth risking your life for.

This is a great forum to get great opinions. All knowing that only you can determine what is best for you and your family.

By PeanutAllergy.com on Sun, 12-06-15, 07:29

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Our Answer:

We are sorry to hear about your stressful experience at the baseball game. Like many other situations, this normally ordinary activity can be very scary for someone with a peanut or nut allergy. Baseball games can prove especially difficult when it comes to food allergies.

While we cannot give you medical advice, we can share information on the nature of airborne allergies and similar topics. Firstly, it’s important to know that everyone has a different reaction to allergens.

It’s important to talk to your daughter and see how she feels about being at the baseball game. According to pediatric allergist Dr. Antony Ham Pong, people with peanut allergies might not have reactions from the smell of peanuts along but they might still react in a panicked way. That means the body is trying to protect itself against the allergen. Normally, it’s safest to stay away from too much exposure to peanuts, especially to avoid cross contamination. You can read more about Dr. Pong’s findings here.

There are also a few precautions you can take to avoid a reaction in this environment but also at school and other public spaces. Consider having your daughter wear a medical identification bracelet, have your daughter was her hands often and have an auto-injector on hand at all times. You can read more tips here.

In addition, it looks like the New York Mets host a peanut-free suite day. You can learn more about it here here.

We also reached out to our Facebook community with your question, and you can see their responses here.

We always recommend speaking with your doctor about your concerns.

We hope this information is helpful. Take care!

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By Ivanyalessa on Tue, 12-01-15, 17:25

We find out about our son's allergy to peanut when he was only 2, he is now 13. His allergy is severe (anaphylaxis) I always teach him not to eat anything from anybody (never) when he was young. We go everywhere with him, ball games, basketball games, airplanes, cruise...everywhere. What we do is that he does not eat any fried foods, he sticks to the same type of food when going out (pizza, yogurt, grilled chicken etc.) He washes his hands constantly and we wipe the seats and hand rests before he seats (he does this now that he is 13). As long as he does not consume something with peanut in it he is fine. We chose to teach and focus him to deal with his allergy rather than to be scare. When we eat out he always mentions to the server that he has an allergy to peanuts so that he can communicate this to the chef. He looks for the ingredients, he loves it because he usually gets more attention :-) We still have a long way to go, because no matter were you go, you are going to encounter people that are not familiar with these types of allergies and you have to explain etc. However, don't be afraid to go places, enjoy life and remember to always carry her Epi-pen

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By Saralinda on Sat, 07-12-14, 00:12

I am a PA adult. My reactions have always been limited to vomiting and some swelling of the mouth. Recently I attended a MLB game where everyone around us was eating peanuts and just letting the shells fall where they may. Luckily I did not have a reaction, but it got me to thinking, where do people get the idea that throwing peanut shells or drink cups or whatever trash and litter they produce is ok? The litter was unbelievable! Littering is wrong. Littering potentially lethal substances (eg peanut shells) is criminal. Unfortunately, I don't see this changing any time soon. Thank you for letting me rant.

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By Mrsdocrse on Thu, 06-19-14, 23:09

The Red Sox have 4-5 peanut friendly games a year. They tai a whole section and make it peanut free. I understand the section is right in front of the medical station. The tickets are really popular. My son is too scared to go still I know someone who went and said it was great. They also have a suite that they use ..... We have been to a Minor league game.. The ball park is smaller and not so crowded with people or peanuts. The tickets are cheaper and you can sit away from people.

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By SamSam0027 on Tue, 06-17-14, 22:44

The Kansas City Royals designated a peanut free suite (although its only available once a month). That would be a cool idea to promote throughout the MLB.

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By DeepDiveAdmin on Wed, 06-18-14, 22:42
AND they're in first place - can they make the playoffs for the first time in almost 30 years??

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