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Teen traveling with school team

My DD14 was diagnosed with a peanut allergy this past summer, she has also been advised to avoid tree nuts because when she tried cashew butter it gave her a stomach ache. She is traveling with school teams, cheer/volleyball last season and this season Speech and Drama. We live in Montana and so they travel at least 100 miles to each meet! Therefore, they spend the night often and they eat at restaurants. We do have a 504 plan in place but it doesn't cover restaurant eating, I'm under the impression now that her 504 is not adequate but I'm not really sure what needs to go into it yet. She has done okay so far until last Saturday, they stopped at Pizza Hut for dinner on the way home and when she got home she had hives from her chin to her chest, she did not have any other symptoms so I treated her with benadryl and she was fine. In emailing back and forth with the coach (who had seemed so far to be understanding and accommodating)she said they stop at Subway, Pizza Hut and McDonalds quite often. I've read quite a bit and my understanding is McD is safe except peanut/nut topping on ice cream, flurries and any salads that have a nut topping (which are usually in a sealed packet, so easily avoided.). Subway bakes their bread on the same pans as their peanut butter cookies and can't guarantee that they have been cleaned sufficiently. So Subway bread is out. Pizza Hut has many items that are cross contact with peanuts/tree nuts, so I would like to avoid but it may not be possible for her on the bus. Is there any items at Subway or Pizza Hut that are not at risk for cross contact?

By PeanutAllergy.com on Wed, 11-26-14, 18:04

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Trying to find safe, convenient places for your food-allergic child to eat can be difficult and frustrating, especially when you aren’t there to ensure the place is, in fact, safe, so thank you for reaching out to our community! Here is a forum topic where some community members have discussed fast food restaurants and their safety, and their tips may help you out.

Being able to discuss your child’s situation with the coach is very helpful. It’s also important to have a plan and discuss what to do if something does go wrong. Having a reminder of what allergic reactions look like and to share it with the coach can increase safety and awareness, as well. Here’s a treatment resource to share.

Some resources exist online to help you find allergy-friendly restaurants. Learn about AllergyEats here, and the coach may be appreciative if you share it with her as well. This resource can point out safe restaurants along the way, and the team could try those instead of Subway, Pizza Hut, or other chains.

If it’s possible to speak to the manager of a particular restaurant, that is the safest option. Possible contaminants can include peanut oil, peanut-crusted fish and chicken, and peanut toppings on desserts. Typically, local restaurants are more likely to be peanut-free than regional or national chains. Some of the chains that are known for accommodating those with food allergies, however, include Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster and Red Robin, while some of the riskier restaurants include Chick-fil-A, Chili's and Dairy Queen. Read more about peanut-free restaurants here.

If this causes any stress or judgement from your daughter’s teammates, a fellow PA teen has some tips here.

We asked our Facebook community what they thought. You can read what their responses here.

We wish you the best and hope you can find some safe restaurants for your daughter!

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