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My son was invited to the home opener of our MLB team on Friday. All the kids in the neighborhood were going to go, about 20 kids. We had to decline the offer because of the peanuts served at the stadium. Have any of you dealt with this? Is it ever possible to attend such a sporting event with my child? Has anyone ever tried to get these stadiums to quit selling peanuts?

I am sad for my son because he was left out (he was not that upset this time because he is only 4 and forgot about it). I know as he gets older these things are going to be harder to deal with.

On Apr 11, 2005

We haven't gone to a game, but I know I have read posts here from others who have safely attended ball games and the circus, too.

On Apr 11, 2005

notnutty, I was going to say the same thing as mcmom. We have managed to attend the circus safely (also once not safely). I posted about the first circus experience here when it happened probably five years ago and received wonderful advice about how to attend the circus safely.

We last went last summer and it was a "peanut free" circus. There seem to be a lot of them now.

I know I have read here, so if you do a search, about people also attending baseball games safely and successfully. We haven't, but I know I would check here to see how people do it.

I remember one member, quite some time ago, who had season's tickets for whatever major league ball team was in their city.

There is the information here somewhere, if you're able to search it out.

Also, that's the wonderful thing about our PA children, I think - they seem to take these matters so much more easily than we, as their parents, do.

I have had my guy say so many times, "it's okay, Mama, maybe next time" when something has happened and he can't participate.

He is 9 now and I'm not clear that he'll keep that kind of attitude about his allergy, but I'm getting the sense that he basically will. There might be slight anger and disappointment, but with the multitude of things that we are able to do, I think he's pretty okay.

Again, I'm sure if you do a search you'll find that there are members who do do baseball games safely and tips on how to do it.

Sorry about what happened with your wee guy though. It does hurt. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Apr 11, 2005

Notnutty- How do you know your son is severly allergic?? Has he ever had a reaction to touch or smell? I am new to pa, my son was daignosed a month ago at age 18 mo.. I am curious as to how to know how allergic he is. Are you just afraid of a reation or has something happened in the past?

On Apr 11, 2005

We have attended the circus 2x without a problem. We have yet to attend a ballgame, but we intend to in the future. My son has not had airborn or contact reactions, so at this time, MLB games are within my comfort zone.

However, I think my 3 year-old, near 4 year old would not enjoy a game at this age. I took a bunch of my nephews and neices to a game (ages 8-14 at the time) and they were all bored by the 5th inning.

I think that I would have to wait till he was at least 7 years old.

On Apr 11, 2005

We have attended the circus 2x without a problem. We have yet to attend a ballgame, but we intend to in the future. My son has not had airborn or contact reactions, so at this time, MLB games are within my comfort zone.

However, I think my 3 year-old, near 4 year old would not enjoy a game at this age. I took a bunch of my nephews and neices to a game (ages 8-14 at the time) and they were all bored by the 5th inning.

I think that I would have to wait till he was at least 7 years old.

On Apr 11, 2005

We just went to a Yankees vs. Red sox game in New yok last week with 2 of our kids, age 5 (PA) and 7 ( not PA) . We drove for THREE and half hours ( supposed to be an hour drive but we were delayed by 2 accidents and game traffic crossing the GWB, and accented by my irate husband yelling and swearing at the other bad drivers.... ) Arrived during the 4th inning , sat in our $100 a piece seats ( luckily they were givin to us!) - there were a few peanut shells on the floor a few seats away, but not too bad- our son hasn't been highly sensitive so I was not too worried, but did wipe off the the seats, and placed him inthe middle of us so no one would sit by him and eat nuts. We were there all of 30 minutes and the kids were BORED- it was a tie game at that point so we stuck it out until we couldn't listen to them whine anymore , and left during the 7th inning. Drove home ( luckily only an hour this time). We will NOT be taking the kids to another ML game for a few years....my daughter may not ever be baseball game material! The whole thing was a nightmare, but at least the peanut issue didn't ruin it, it was all the other factors! good luck, and in my opinion, wait until your son is a few years older AND has an interest in the team you are going to see. Jen

On Apr 11, 2005

I guess my reply was lost in cyber-space...so here it goes again!

Thanks to all of you for your great replies. I think the fact that we couldn't go bugged me more than him. It just stinks that we have to shelter our children from such events. Although, I think you all are right...baseball might be overrated for a 4 year old!

Kadely: We knew our ds was severely allergic from 2 ways. His test results show he is has a class VI allergy to peanuts. I know the class does not always link directly to the severity, but in his case it does. We have also experienced 2 severe reactions in the past year. One was at a parade (yes, outside). The sponsor of the parade thought it was a good idea to had out free peanuts to the crowd. Although none of us around my ds ate the peanuts, just having thousands of people around him eating them sent him into a severe reaction. The second severe reaction was at a holiday party (before we know he had pa). The peanuts that everyone was eating (he did not eat any) sent him to the ER.

I know that with my ds, he is allergic to residue and also to particles in the air. Your son may not be that allergic, but I would ALWAYS error on the side of caution, at least until you have a better idea how severe your child's allergy is.

On Apr 11, 2005

we have attended many events that I was unsure of, but ended up being fine. a lot at Madison Sq. Garden and Continental arena (hockey games, disney on ice, circus etc). I just have my son wear long sleeves, jeans, i inspect the area before sitting and wipe off the back of the seat in front of us and the arm rests. I take plenty of benadryl and epis just in case. good luck

On Apr 11, 2005

Try calling the arena where these games are held. Ask if they have any special accomidations for peanut allergic customers. Many times my family and I were given luxury box seats away from the general public for the price of regular seats. It never hurts to ask.

On Apr 12, 2005

This came up at the conference too LOL!

Dr Wood gave three examples of going places where peanuts could be served:

1.. a restaurant with shelled peanuts would most definitely cause a problem and should be avoided. It is a total enclosed space.

2... a ball park where peanuts are eaten should NOT cause problems because of the open air space. HE felt that being outside SHOULD be sufficient enough to disperse the proteins. He also stated he meant this for a child old enough to sit and enjoy the game and not fidget around, play with loose shells, stick fingers in mouth etc..

3.. an event in an indoor arena. He felt this was a mixture of both. It could be ok if there was enough ventillation.

I know many people will state they have had bad reactions being outside while peanuts are present but I am just telling you what he said GENERALLY SPEAKING. Of course, everyone is an individual and different things can happen to different people.

On Apr 12, 2005

We have been to a few baseball games with our PA allergic son Matthew. Other that the Pittsburg Pirates stinking up PNC Park we have had nothing but a great experience.

The policy of PNC Park is that if you are seated in an area that people are eating peanuts then PNC Park will find you a safe seat.

The point is this. I would never permit my Matthew to go to an event where peanuts were being served without myself or my wife tagging along. Seize the moment. If you see things that are not safe then ask to be moved to a safe location.

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

On Apr 12, 2005

Who do you contact at PNC park to have the authoriztion to move if necessary? My husband would love to take the kids to a Cubs vs Pirates game.

On Apr 12, 2005

Contact Guest Relations. They are all over the place at PNC Park. Start with the Usher. As I understand it they are aware of Peanut Allergy issues. If they do dot solve your seating problem go up to the next level in Guest Relations. We have been to 3-4 games over the last few years and we have not had a problem with seating. We lucked out that the area that we were in was safe.

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

On Apr 12, 2005

A friend of a friend used to work PR for the Pirates and said there was a peanut reaction at the park where the emergency crew had to perform an emergency tracheotomy. I never got the details from talking to the PR lady, but the story was that the guy hadn't eaten anything, but it was heresay and I'll probably never find out the whole story.

When we go to the Steelers games, everyone is eating peanuts and there are shells all around, so it would be great to have the ability to switch seats. I'll check with Guest Relations. Thanks.

On Apr 12, 2005

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Originally posted by nancy023: [b]A friend of a friend used to work PR for the Pirates and said there was a peanut reaction at the park where the emergency crew had to perform an emergency tracheotomy. I never got the details from talking to the PR lady, but the story was that the guy hadn't eaten anything[/b]

On Apr 12, 2005

The latest FAAN newsletter had a picture of two young boys with PA and a caption about how they had special seating away from peanuts at a MLB game. I can't remember the team, I think it was San Diego. As others have said, it can't hurt to call guest relations.

On Apr 12, 2005

Pirates games and Steelers games are totally separate. I would be very leery of attending a Steeler game with a PA child. Not unless I had a written agreement with the Steelers organization guaranteeing safe seats.

I'm not even sure if it's safe to take a non PA child to a Steeler game.

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

On Apr 12, 2005

We have taken my son to many MLB games where peanuts were all around us. He was fine, we were fine, everyone was fine. We used to worry about going to games where peanuts were served. I no longer worry but am still aware of our surroundings. We are much more comfortable in dealing with my son's pa now than we were in the beginning.

On Apr 12, 2005

My PA son is only 4, and regardless of his allergy, I don't think I would take him to a MLB game just yet. He's too young and they can be very long. We watch the Cubs all the time, and he asks if he can go. We think we will take him to a local minor league game this year. Much cheaper. I think we will take him to a Cubs game when he is older if he is still interested. I've thought about it, and since he is only midly allergic, we would seat him between us, sweep away any shells, and wipe down the seat with wipes.

Wrigley field is so small, and the Cubs are so popular that I doubt they would go out of their way to accomodate a peanut allergy. I may be wrong on that. Perhaps I could contact them and be pleasantly surprised. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Apr 14, 2005

Notnutty, We have the Durham Bulls in our area. Once a year, they do a peanut-free game!!! They wash down all the seats/bleachers, serve no nuts, and it's one time a year the kids with Peanut Allergies can come and feel safe. Atleast you could call your local ball team and tell them other teams do it, and how much the parents appreciate it. Angela

On Apr 14, 2005

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Originally posted by kadely: [b]Notnutty- How do you know your son is severly allergic?? Has he ever had a reaction to touch or smell? I am new to pa, my son was daignosed a month ago at age 18 mo.. I am curious as to how to know how allergic he is. Are you just afraid of a reation or has something happened in the past? [/b]

Kadely, My dd was diagnosed at 18 mos too, and I had read in the Peanut Allergy Answer Book that if you keep your little one away for 2 yrs from the first reaction, they double their chances of outgrowing it. Not true says my allergist. Anyhow, I had her skin tested at 18mos, 3 and 4 yrs, and blood tested at 4 yrs. They tend to rely more heavily on the skin reaction than the blood test, here anyway. Now, if your little one only had a mild reaction his/her first one, that doesn't mean s/he isn't fatally allergic. As you'll read in these posts and in your research, their reactions tend to get more severe each time they are exposed. I hope this helps. Angela

On Apr 14, 2005

Thanks Angela, I have read that the chances are greater of outgrowing the allergy the earlier they get it. I don't know if dr.'s really know the true % of people that outgrow the allergy. I have read that over the past 5 years tthat peanut allergy has doubled. I have also talked to numerous people that say they 'used' to be allergic to peanuts. I am very confused but am very hopeful that he will outgrow it or there will be a treatment in the future. That is what helps day to day.

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