I have tried to arrange for my sons to attend an Atlanta Braves Game; however, I am told that there is no way to avoid peanuts at the stadium. Has anyone successfully/safely attended a baseball game? Please advise.
On May 7, 2003
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.
On May 7, 2003
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.
On May 11, 2003
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.
On May 12, 2003
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.
On May 23, 2003
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.
On May 23, 2003
Originally posted by Going Nuts: [b] 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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On May 24, 2003
Absolutely, Momma Bear! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
On May 24, 2003
Originally posted by Going Nuts: [b]Absolutely, Momma Bear! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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??