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Posted on: Wed, 07/05/2000 - 3:03am
melissa's picture
Joined: 07/05/2004 - 09:00

I am thankful that I have a lot of family near us so I have never had to use anybody but family to watch my son. My parents are great about watching my boys. I also rely on my in-laws and my sister. The problem is with me, my husband and I never go anywhere!!! That needs to change!!!

Posted on: Thu, 07/06/2000 - 11:18am
DeeJay's picture
Joined: 07/05/2000 - 09:00

I have 2 sons who are PA, ages 10 and 6. We have been peanut aware since my oldest was 15 months, so we have "been around the block" a few times, and our feeling is that even though PA is a huge part of our lives, we cannot allow it to take over our lives. Our house is always peanut free, our babysitter (age 12) is trained in what to look for and how to use the Epi-pen, we always feed the kids before we go out. Our sitter knows to call 911 after using the Epi-pen and then to call us. I don't think you can keep your kids in a bubble their whole lives, and it would not be healthy to do so even if you could. Unlike many parents I am not entirely convinced peanut-free schools are a good idea, because my kids have to learn to live in a peanut-filled world. We went to see Dr. John Yunginger at the Rochester Mayo Clinic,and his advice was to not just focus on avoiding a reaction, but to know what to do WHEN a reaction occurs, because it is bound to occur. So my suggestion is train your babysitter, keep your house peanut free, and then go out once in awhile and stretch your comfort zone. I am trying to gear myself up for when my kids start college and are away from home and have to deal with their allergies on their own--that's really going to be tough!

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2000 - 11:53pm
MaryLynn's picture
Joined: 06/25/1999 - 09:00

We use a teen aged baby sitter when we don't want to or can't use a family member. We really lucked out as the teen recommended to us at the end of a summer camp program has relatives who are more allergic to peanuts than our daughter is. There is no doubt that I feel comfortable about having this teen in my house and my kids absolutly love it!

Posted on: Wed, 08/23/2000 - 4:21am
Claire's picture
Joined: 04/19/2000 - 09:00

Hi I feel that teens actually can be more responsible than some grown ups. Depending on who it is of course. I have talked to our school nurse at JR.Hight in great lengths about my sons allergy and what to do in case of emergency. When we got all done discussing him and that all the teachers needed to know who he was and what he was allergic to she says to me(Now what is your sons name again,and what is he allergic to.) Now mind you she is a school nurse and my son is the only peanut allergy she has to worry about. I was so livid with her. MY niece is 15 and she carries his epi-pen in her back pack when they go to the fun park together and never losses it or him.Yes he is 14,but she has always been so concerned about his allergies. I have never needed a sitter,but it is amazing how many grown ups will say I forgot he is allergic. The kids in school never have. I think you really have to emphasize the rules to the teenager because it is important anyway,but I think they are out there. Claire

Posted on: Wed, 08/23/2000 - 5:18am
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I have only used 2 adults so far..but out daughter is young (16 months). The one adult I had been using since she was 2months old. I think if I found a responsible teen I would use them IN MY HOUSE ONLY which is peanut-free. I know that there could be cross contamination of food from manufactureres that I don't know about...so I would instruct that only the food I show them is what my daughter could eat. We have cell phones and I would probably have a neighbor as a back up. One has to live their life...atleast that is what my allergist has said..and he really is a conservative one!

Posted on: Wed, 08/23/2000 - 6:25am
dit's picture
Joined: 03/19/2000 - 09:00

I got to know a teachers aide is Alex's daycare. She is well aware of his allergies and has been trained to use the epi. She watched alex twice and I doubt he even noticed we were gone. we payed her WELL. I have a 15 year old neice who is wise beyond her years...for some reason she is the only person in my family that gets it. She watches him for quick trips. She works in a daycare after school and is now teaching the owners how to use an epi... and sharing my info with them... The absolute best is my fried who's son is anaphylactic to dairy. She watched him last week IT WAS SO COOL TO BE WORRIED THAT HE WOULD BE A BRAT OR HIT HER SON, rather then that he'd die if he ate something...I AM SO LUCKY!

Posted on: Wed, 08/23/2000 - 7:25am
Claire's picture
Joined: 04/19/2000 - 09:00

This is to Kathryn65, I thought what you said about YOUR HOUSE ONLY makes a lot of sence. My son was 9 months when we found out. Having grown up with this allergy I thought I should tell you. As he got older and we mention even going out to eat he would not want to ruin our evening,but he really would rather stay at home to eat. He had a bad experience at a resteraunt once so we don't go out to eat. I thought that you should know this reaction because I know that someday your child will maybe not be comfortable going out and may not want you to know it. To tell you the truth it is so much easier and cheaper to stay home that I was glad he finally told us. I hope this makes sense to you,and you don't think I am butting in with anyones business. thanks Claire

Posted on: Sat, 09/02/2000 - 10:55am
Laura J's picture
Joined: 05/27/2000 - 09:00

Thank you all so much for your replies. I'll use some of your ideas. I especially agree with the greater comfort and safety of my son being kidsat at our house only. Thanks again!

Posted on: Mon, 01/27/2003 - 12:53pm
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Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

I'm re-raising this thread because our daughter (non-PA) just got her baby-sitting certificate. We have used teens, that we trust and have trained. We usually are only about 5 or 10 minutes away, but if we are further we made sure the babysitters parents are home. We have never had a problem in our home, and are considering letting our daughter babysit our son, when we are close by (5 or 10 minute drive) and only gone for an hour or two.
She is very mature and responsible, and has seen her brother having an anaphylactic reaction, so she would know what was going on. We have our address printed by each phone in our house and have practiced calling 911 and what to say. That was to be her role when we had other sitters, they deal with our son and DD call 911. We have already decided that we want our son to inject himself the next time he needs it instead of trying to convince someone else.
I guess what I want to know is has anyone else gone through this, and how did you handle it? Some people have said it is too big a responsibility for someone her age. I guess we feel our son is quite safe in our home.
[This message has been edited by cynde (edited January 27, 2003).]

Posted on: Mon, 01/27/2003 - 10:43pm
BS312's picture
Joined: 09/05/2001 - 09:00

What babysitters?



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