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Posted on: Mon, 06/17/2002 - 1:35am
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pHave 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./p
pCan my husband just wipe down the seats??? Should I refuse to let him take our son?/p
pAmy/p

Posted on: Mon, 06/17/2002 - 6:47am
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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

Posted on: Mon, 06/17/2002 - 10:23am
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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.

Posted on: Mon, 06/17/2002 - 12:11pm
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Jenna,
when you had to leave, what kind of reaction was involved? Did it subside w/o an epi pen injection or hospital visit?

Posted on: Mon, 06/17/2002 - 2:15pm
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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.

Posted on: Mon, 06/17/2002 - 2:36pm
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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.

Posted on: Mon, 06/17/2002 - 11:02pm
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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

Posted on: Wed, 06/26/2002 - 9:53am
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Hi all,
I recently read of a team that cleared out a whole section for kids w/ PA. Minor league, I think.

Posted on: Wed, 06/26/2002 - 1:19pm
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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!

Posted on: Wed, 05/07/2003 - 3:31am
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We have gone to several baseball games and have never had any problem. Actually, no peanuts have been eaten around the kids any time that we have gone.

Posted on: Wed, 05/07/2003 - 4:17am
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My son Zak, now 4 1/2, has been a member of the Orioles Dugout Club for 3 years and, thus, has attended a number of games without major problems. Initially, when just 2 or 3, he spent a lot of time on my husband's shoulders!
Last year, at one game, there was a slight problem. Although he knows not to touch anything, he did touch a rail as he climbed some steps. He immediately removed his hand and went to the bathroom to wash up. At that same game, there seemed to be a lot of peanut-dust in the air as he did become congested at times. Once home and cleaned, no problem. We brought this up to Dr. Wood (his allergist at Johns Hopkins) and Dr. Wood felt that Zak could continue to attend games as long as he kept to an outdoor environment. In a closed environment, Dr. Wood felt Zak could react from airborn dust.
This year, he's already been to one game without issue.
My husband normally takes Zak (while I have Mom's time out--well, frankly, I "freak-out" with the peanuts all around) and advises that if you mention to the usher that your child is peanut allergic, the usher will wipe down the seats very well. This helps keep the "dust down." If there's no usher available, my husband uses a ton of wipes which while not totally removing the peanut protein, does seem to help. Also, Zak always wears long pants to the games, socks, sneakers and many times, a long sleeve shirt. He also keeps his baseball cap on at all times. He touches no food nor even the containers. All the food and drinks for him and whoever is with him is brought in (check with the club to see what is permitted).
Zak also attends the Bowie Baysox games. In order to bring food and drink in there, special permission must be obtained from the manager each year. That is never a problem. This year, his second year attending, we just had to e-mail the manager and carry his e-mail response with us whenever we attend.

Posted on: Sun, 05/11/2003 - 4:09pm
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I have gone to at least 3 Baltimore Orioles games every year since I was born (1983).
I have never had any serious problems except that I do usually get congested. I bring my EpiPen and Benadryl just in case.
What I do is if there are people sitting around me who are eating peanuts I will simply move. Sometimes if you tell people ahead of time that you are allergic they are nice enough to not open the peanuts, but other people sadly don't care.
One time I was at a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game and my mom told the man working in our section that I had a deadly allergy to peanuts and he got us moved from our seats in the upper section all the way down to ring side seats.... Not bad, eh? hehe.

Posted on: Mon, 05/12/2003 - 1:09am
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We've gone to many baseball games and there is always stress involved. My son is now a teenager so I can rely on him to let us know if he's having a problem. My latest theory is that there are fewer peanuts in the expensive seats - when we've sat in the bleachers, the fans bring in their jumbo bags from outside to save money from the ballpark prices. In the expensive seats they they eat pistachios or other snacks or just pay the ballpark prices for smaller bags. We've also brought plastic bags and asked the surrounding fans if they could use them for their discarded shells.

Posted on: Thu, 05/22/2003 - 10:07pm
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We go to several Mets games a year, and have not had any problems. We usually sit in the bleachers, but I agree with Jana that there are probably fewer peanuts lower down.
A few years ago a man sitting next to me pulled out a bag of peanuts and I had Kevin trade places with my older son who was sitting further away. The man overheard, and offered to throw his peanuts out - said his nephew had PA and he completely understood. Such kindness from total strangers makes me tear up *sniff*. In any case, it's an open air stadium, and Kevin had no problem.
We always bring wipes to wipe down Kevin's seat, just in case.
Enjoy!
Amy

Posted on: Fri, 05/23/2003 - 10:41am
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Quote:Originally posted by Going Nuts:
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A few years ago a man sitting next to me pulled out a bag of peanuts and I had Kevin trade places with my older son who was sitting further away. The man overheard, and offered to throw his peanuts out - said his nephew had PA and he completely understood. Such kindness from total strangers makes me tear up *sniff*.
We always bring wipes to wipe down Kevin's seat, just in case.
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[i]Silver Lining Alert[/i]

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2003 - 12:57am
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Absolutely, Momma Bear! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Amy

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2003 - 2:12pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Going Nuts:
[b]Absolutely, Momma Bear! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Amy[/b]
Now.........
If we could just get people to do the same with cigarettes. Well, maybe [b]more[/b] people, as I have met some very "considerate" smokers (be it few and far between), who will extinguish a cigarette out of consideration for a non-smoking individual or when around children and babies, for example. [b]Not[/b] to say that a smoker who will not do the same necessarily lacks consideration in other areas.
Can you believe I have to [i]beg[/i] some people not to smoke in my car??

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 10:07pm
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Our expereinces have been pretty good. For MLB we went with a large group, kept my son in the middle and no one had any peanuts. At the circus and a minor league baseball game, I call ahead to ask what type of accomidation are available to a peanut allergic guest and they have all worked with us. I am working on the bobcats areana next (basketball).
Are they willing to let you move if your are not comfortable in your seats?
It can be done, I would consider speaking with someone else at your baseball park before you give up.

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 12:36am
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Although I never took them up on this, when I asked the Arizona Diamondbacks about this a few years ago, they said we could opt to sit in the handicapped seating area. There is no ban on peanuts there, but it is a single row, so it's easier to avoid.

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 1:08am
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I plan on taking my daughter to a game, but she has never seemed to have an airborne reaction. I will wait another year though...shes still a little too young at 3.5. We do go to hockey games and she does fine there, but it doesnt compare to how many people eat peanuts at baseball games.

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 2:07pm
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Thanks for the post on the Diamondbacks. My husband is the hugest baseball fan and my little 3 yo PA son's room has been decorated with old Cubs memorilbia (sp?) since before he was born. We haven't felt safe taking him to a baseball game yet.. thinking about spring training in the grass though. What do you think about being at a baseball game when the roof is closed (which is almost every day)? Does anyone have an opinion on being in an open air stadium or closed stadium. My son is not airborne allergic... I think.
More than anything my husband wants to be able to share his favorite hobby with our son. His one year old pics were taken in Diamondbacks outfits/baseball gear... my husband is so hoping this year he can take him to a game or two.
Andrea

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 11:46pm
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We took my daughter to several baseball games last year. She is 8, and not likely to pick up things or touch everywhere. There are only 4 of us, though, and even with sitting her in the middle of us we had occasions where people behind us have been eating peanuts and have thrown shells on the floor that have fallen near her feet. When I told the people about it they threw their shells somewhere else. She is not airborn reactive and did not react to this. However, it did make her (and me) uncomfortable.

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 11:56pm
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Check out this link from last season as an example of what can be done. Not sure if MLB would be this willing to work with you but who knows?...
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum8/HTML/001186.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum8/HTML/001186.html[/url]
Good Luck!

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 10:07pm
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Our expereinces have been pretty good. For MLB we went with a large group, kept my son in the middle and no one had any peanuts. At the circus and a minor league baseball game, I call ahead to ask what type of accomidation are available to a peanut allergic guest and they have all worked with us. I am working on the bobcats areana next (basketball).
Are they willing to let you move if your are not comfortable in your seats?
It can be done, I would consider speaking with someone else at your baseball park before you give up.

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 12:36am
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Although I never took them up on this, when I asked the Arizona Diamondbacks about this a few years ago, they said we could opt to sit in the handicapped seating area. There is no ban on peanuts there, but it is a single row, so it's easier to avoid.

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 1:08am
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I plan on taking my daughter to a game, but she has never seemed to have an airborne reaction. I will wait another year though...shes still a little too young at 3.5. We do go to hockey games and she does fine there, but it doesnt compare to how many people eat peanuts at baseball games.

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 2:07pm
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Thanks for the post on the Diamondbacks. My husband is the hugest baseball fan and my little 3 yo PA son's room has been decorated with old Cubs memorilbia (sp?) since before he was born. We haven't felt safe taking him to a baseball game yet.. thinking about spring training in the grass though. What do you think about being at a baseball game when the roof is closed (which is almost every day)? Does anyone have an opinion on being in an open air stadium or closed stadium. My son is not airborne allergic... I think.
More than anything my husband wants to be able to share his favorite hobby with our son. His one year old pics were taken in Diamondbacks outfits/baseball gear... my husband is so hoping this year he can take him to a game or two.
Andrea

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 11:46pm
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We took my daughter to several baseball games last year. She is 8, and not likely to pick up things or touch everywhere. There are only 4 of us, though, and even with sitting her in the middle of us we had occasions where people behind us have been eating peanuts and have thrown shells on the floor that have fallen near her feet. When I told the people about it they threw their shells somewhere else. She is not airborn reactive and did not react to this. However, it did make her (and me) uncomfortable.

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 11:56pm
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Check out this link from last season as an example of what can be done. Not sure if MLB would be this willing to work with you but who knows?...
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum8/HTML/001186.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum8/HTML/001186.html[/url]
Good Luck!

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