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I am curious about the opinions of others here- my son has recently been invited to two baseball games . Of course peanuts are served in bags there. My son is 2.5 and I think this is a little out of my comfort zone. My husband disagrees with me. I guess I always feel uncomfortable when I can see peanuts out in the open like that. My husband feels we can control it. The mom in me is feeling badly that my son is being left out. We also have his best friend's birthday party coming uup. Wouldn't you know, it is at the baseball game? Has anyone had success stories with events like this or advice to offer?

On Apr 26, 2004

Yes, I have experience with this in Pittsburgh.

We take our PA son to a few games per year. Last year we just sweated it out in a sea of peanuts. I hear that some clubs have peanut free sections so this year I called the Pirates to inquire about peanut free seating before I bought tickets.

The Pirates do not have a dedicated peanut free section but they are aware of the issues of peanut allergies. Their solution was that when we show up at the game to contact their "guest relations" department and they will find us safe seating.

My advice is to call the guest relations department of the team you are going to. Find out what their policy is and base your "go, don't go" decision on the answer.

I'd also make sure that the host of the event has a copy of your son's food allergy action plan.

I assume your son has a Medic-Alert bracelet?

It might also be good if you have him wear a cute "I'm peanut allergic" tee shirt.

It probably wouldn't hurt if you could attend as well.

Even though my wife and I were nervous about all the peanuts around us at the game we went to last year, my kids had a blast. For them, it was one of the highlights of last summer.

------------------ Pete Ferraro [url="http://www.FerraroFamily.org"]http://www.FerraroFamily.org[/url]

On Apr 26, 2004

The other part of the equation is his age. Keeping a 2 and a half year old amused during a ball game can be a challenge. We had our son at the ball park by that age, but we did a lot of walks during the game (well... I did the walks while DH got to enjoy the game).

On Apr 26, 2004

We stay away from baseball games because of the peanuts. DS is contact, ingestion and airborne sensitive. I guess it all depends on whether or not your son has reacted to airborne particles in the past or whether contact (seats, etc.) is an issue. I know where you are coming from. It breaks my heart that DS can't go to, say, a Giants (he loves the Giants) baseball game (as he is very likely to have a reaction), but we manage to find other things to do for him that he will enjoy and be able to stay safe.

On Apr 26, 2004

We attend several games a year (we've already been to one this season) and have never had a problem. Our stadium is open air, so I think that helps. Bring wipes to wipe down your seat, place your son between you, and don't be shy about mentioning PA if anyone in front or in back of you breaks out a bag of peanuts. The only time we had any issue at all, the person who was eating peanuts threw them away immediately when he realized my son was PA. He said his nephew was too, so he understood.

Contacting guest relations is certainly a good idea as well.

Your son might be too young to really enjoy baseball now, but I hope he'll be able to when he's older.

Amy

On Apr 26, 2004

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On Apr 26, 2004

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Originally posted by KatiesMom: [b]Keeping a 2 and a half year old amused during a ball game can be a challenge.[/b]

Last summer my 3 year old loved it. The game we went to went into extra innings. I guess each kid is different.

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Originally posted by Mama S: [b]We stay away from baseball games because of the peanuts. ... It breaks my heart that DS can't go to, say, a Giants (he loves the Giants) baseball game (as he is very likely to have a reaction), but we manage to find other things to do for him that he will enjoy and be able to stay safe. [/b]

Have you contacted the Giants? Some teams keep private boxes to accommodate PA families.

We personally [b]always[/b] call "customer service" before we go to entertainment places. Some places are understanding and are supportive. Other places don't have a clue.

If nothing else you can tell them that they lost a potential paying customer.

When I called the Pirates they were proud to report they have a plan.

Make the call. All that you are out is the price of a phone call.

------------------ Pete Ferraro [url="http://www.FerraroFamily.org"]www.FerraroFamily.org[/url]

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On Apr 26, 2004

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Originally posted by PeteFerraro: [b] Have you contacted the Giants? Some teams keep private boxes to accommodate PA families.[/b]

Wow! Are you serious?!? DS will be sooooo excited if this is true? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] I'll have to call and find out. I pray the Giants is one of those teams that accomodates PA families. Thanks!

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