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Have any of you taken your PA kids to baseball games in stadiums? My husband wants to take our son to a Mets game in July with friends who are visiting from California and I am not up for this. They already got the tickets. He has never ingested peanuts and has a moderate RAST result. I have a class 6 allergy and he has OTHER class 5 allergies, so we are being careful with him.

Can my husband just wipe down the seats??? Should I refuse to let him take our son?

Amy

On Jun 17, 2002

Hi Amy,

We go to Shea as often as our budget allows (which is to say, not often enough!). We do wipe down the seats, bring our own food and place Kevin in the middle of us. At our last game the people in front of us were eating peanuts, so we just moved Kevin over a bit and he had no problem (other than being a little nervous). Last year a man seated next to me started eating them, so we moved Kevin over. He heard what we were saying and offered to throw them out right away. (It's kindness like that that makes me tear up, every time.)

I've never done it, but perhaps you could call Shea and talk to them ahead of time about your son's situation. They may be able to help you out. I think other people on this board have done it with good results.

I hope you can work it out - it sure is fun. And was this past weekend great baseball, or what? Can you tell we just love the Mets in our house? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Amy

On Jun 17, 2002

This is a decision that you will have to make but I can tell you what our experience has been. We have gone to 2 different stadiums and have had to leave both times. One time it was simply walking in the building that was enough to start a reaction. The other time we did sit down-moved about three or four times and still could not make it work. It probably depends on just how sensitive the allergy is. There is one other outdoor stadium that we can go to (Minor League). We are just very careful to not sit too close to anyone and are very observant of which direction the wind is coming from. You probably won't know until you try it, but I would do some pre-warning that it might be necessary to leave. Good luck- whatever you decide.

On Jun 17, 2002

Jenna, when you had to leave, what kind of reaction was involved? Did it subside w/o an epi pen injection or hospital visit?

On Jun 17, 2002

I am PA and my husband and I have season tickets for the Yankees (if you couldn't tell from my name!). It really depends on how sensitive to peanuts your child is. I seem to be able to tolerate the peanuts nearby as long as I'm not ingesting them. I always keep a cap on whatever I am drinking so that no residue gets in. At Yankee stadium, there is a handicapped section which is sort of away from the rest of the seats. I'm sure Shea has something similar.

On Jun 17, 2002

We did not have to use the Epi. We have pretty much gotten the symptoms down and know what the progression in symptoms are. Our son starts with a runny nose, itchy watery eyes and then progresses to swelling and breathing difficulties. We know that if we can remove him from the area before the swelling starts, we can usually stop it with Benadryl. One of the times his eyes and nose were running,watering and itching so bad that he wouldn't even have been able to see the game. He started reacting within minutes of when we walked into the building. We left immediately and gave the Benadryl and used the nebulizer. (In hindsight we could have given the Epi but we thought we had gotten him out soon enough. He has had a reaction when he couldn't breath at all so in comparison, this reaction did not seem so bad) He did have continued symptoms into the next day. It was a long night worrying about him. The other time was a similar situation. There weren't noticeably that many peanuts so we thought it might be OK-- we ended up moving from one area to the next, thinking it was someone too close with peanuts--but now I'm sure it was just the peanut dust in the stadium. We have decided that we tried it and it just isn't possible for him- and not worth the risk. I have read that some people are able to go to the games- we're just not one of those people.

On Jun 18, 2002

Amy & Yankee, thank you for the feedback!!! Jenna, I am sorry that your son gets so sick at ball games. I think we are going to let him try going, armed with meds and wipes. He has never ingested peanuts, so I think we will try this once and see how he does. Hopefully it will be okay, but I guess if we never try it, we won't know.

Thanks for the suggestions!!!

Amy

On Jun 26, 2002

Hi all,

I recently read of a team that cleared out a whole section for kids w/ PA. Minor league, I think.

On Jun 26, 2002

We just went to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs today and our son was fine. Not very many peanuts around us. We've been to several games over the years and so far, so good. Hope you have the same good luck!

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