are playgrounds safe??

Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2001 - 6:25am
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pMy son (18months) and I are starting to go to outdoor playgrounds. I am completely anxious for the next couple of hours wondering if there was some peanut smear on the equipment. My son has had one major reaction so we don't know how sensitive he is to the dreaded peanut. What has your experience been? Do you avoid them, clean them, etc?/p

Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2001 - 6:43am
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There is an elementary school at the end of my street where we like to take my 2 year old to play (when school is not in session of course). The problem is that the kids are allowed to eat outside while they play and they throw their trash on the ground. I was finding all kinds of trash, including PB wrappers on the ground. It's not like there aren't any trash bins around, there are two. These kids are just pigs. I couldn't stand it any more and I finally sent an e-mail to the principle and he told me he was thinking about instituting a "working snack" so the kids eat and work inside at the same time rather than eat outside. We were on the playground last weekend and there wasn't any trash but I don't know if that's because they have "working snack" or because it's too cold for them to eat outside. I am going to keep my eye on the playground, though.
DH and I were afraid to take my son to the Children's Museum but, gee, we had heard such great things about it, so we did take him. I guess I just figure I can't limit my son because of the allergy. I don't want him to miss out on the opportunities other kids have. I just make sure I have my EpiPens with me and an emergency plan at all times.

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2001 - 6:10am
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Almost 50% of the times we take our 2 1/2 year old to our local playgrounds she has a reaction to peanuts. She typically will get a few hives on her hands-I just have to give her Benedryl and watch her carefully on the way home. It is so hard because we want her to have as close to a normal life as possible-so going to the playground is something she really enjoys. I just always make sure she doesn't put her hands in her mouth while we are there, I scan the playground for food wrappers BEFORE we start to play, we SCRUB our hands before having a snack, and we have 2 epi-pens in her bag at ALL time. There have been MANY times that parents will bring their children to the park and open up a bag of pretzel snack mix with peanuts, or peanut butter crackers, etc. so we quickly pack it up and leave. Most of the time she is screaming and crying as we make our quick escape but I just explain and show her (pointing from FAR away) why we are leaving. She is getting very good and is understanding more and more each time. The last time she didn't even cry-she just looked at me with a sad look and said "can we come back later when the peanuts are gone?". poor girl.

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2001 - 12:44pm
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I have always taken my PA son to playgrounds without him having a reaction. However, during this past summer, we decided to do a family bike ride thing to the playground and I left my purse at home (my purse had his Epi-pen in it). When we got to the playground, my husband and I quickly went over what we should do should Jesse have a reaction.
I have always felt comfortable going to the playground with Jesse but I also always have his Epi-pen with me. Our playground does not have a trash can (mental note re letter writing to be done) and, of course, there is some peanut product wrapper debris along with other debris.
I don't know if we've been extremely fortunate or not, but we have never had a problem at a playground. Also, he is in his 2nd year at school and uses the playground at the school with all of the other children who may or may not have eaten pb.
It's really something you have to decide for yourself what you feel comfortable with, and, as you can see from above, not everyone has been as fortunate as we have been. I don't know if there are any wipes that would be "good" enough to use on the equipment before your child used it and as far as the debris, if you took a pair of gloves (who wouldn't nowadays anyway) and picked it all up and threw it away before your child started to play, I think you'd be okay.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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