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Posted on: Sun, 05/12/2002 - 5:35am
G Stanfill's picture
Joined: 04/01/2001 - 09:00

The Dairy Queen in our town is absolutely off limits. Not only is there peanuts in every other desert, there are buckets of peanuts on the tables!!!!!!!!
I haven't set foot in the restaurant since I found out my son is PA!

Posted on: Thu, 08/09/2001 - 3:41am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I know someone who owns a Dairy Queen franchise, and he told me not to let my son eat at any ice cream store like Dairy Queen. Peanut oil & residue is very difficult to get off of equipment. It is very time consuming and expensive to correctly clean equipment to guarantee that the peanut traces are gone. He said that he doubts that most ice cream stores take the time and efforts to accurately clean the equipment. Aside from that, most stores like that have peanuts and nuts everywhere, and it is very difficultto contain them...especially when most of the stores are staffed by kids.

Posted on: Thu, 08/09/2001 - 4:52am
pamom's picture
Joined: 02/20/2001 - 09:00

dear jonathan's mom
I understand how difficult it is to get some residue off of equipment, but come on there should be some accountability for peanuts flying in other food. Yes, when I was a teenager I waitressed at Pizza Hut and we were more careless than working adults. I really think management should stress a few better habits for all our sake, don't you? We may be able to keep our little pa kids safe at a young age, but my fear is when they are with another family on a ice cream run, or when they are young teens and everyone is stopping at DQ for a treat.
I just want restaurants and ice cream parlors to be aware and accountable for this growing allergy epidemic.

Posted on: Thu, 08/09/2001 - 9:34am
nervous nelly's picture
Joined: 07/29/2001 - 09:00

I have a pa son who I have given dairy queen ice cream cones to with no incident. How would peanut residue get into there? The bags are sealed ice milk and no hands touch the ice cream. Also, and this may be off topic, but I have never had to use epi-pen and don't know when the reaction warrants it. His reactions have been a tingling in the mouth and throat and have been eliminated with washing, brushing teeth, drinking water and benadryl. The whole incident is over within minutes. I've been told only to use epi when breathing trouble occurs. I also have never followed up with a hospital visit. Am I being careless? Sorry to get off topic. I think more stringent guidelines must be followed because of the severity of pa reactions. Let's see more nut free bakeries and restaurants. I think they would be full!

Posted on: Thu, 08/09/2001 - 11:41am
pamom's picture
Joined: 02/20/2001 - 09:00

dear nervous nelly:
You are lucky that you have not had to use an epi pen so far. I didn't for the first five years of my daughters life. She had several reactions, hives, itchy mouth, swollen eyes, etc. But two years ago on valentines day she received, from a mom at school, a red foil heart, no bigger than a quarter. She ate it after dinner and she showed it to me and it had no labeling and looked just like a solid chocolate heart. She ate it and within minutes told me her throat felt funny. I ran to the garbage and sniffed the foil and it was a butterfinger heart. (I smelled it and I used to like Butterfingers). I administered Benadryl and paged the doctor. By the time the doctor called back she was sitting on the toilet with stomach cramps and was dizzy. The doctor even panicked he said to epi her immediately and call the paramedics she was going into shock and her gastro system was reacting to the peanuts. I called the paramedics and the response time was very slow. I had to call the police tell them my driving route and take her to the hospital myself. By then she was vomiting mucus everywhere and could not breathe. She said she felt like there was a pillow on her face. I made it to the hospital and we stayed until the wee hours of the morning. She was fine. She was sick for several days and looked like hell. She was on steroids for a week or two afterwards. My sense of it won't happen here vanished.
The moral is don't wait until your son stops breathing, look for other signs such as diarrhea or cramps, vomiting and swollen tongue or any breathing difficulty. stay with him for atleast four hours even if you don't have to epi him. The reaction can worsen or reappear.
Stay safe and good luck

Posted on: Thu, 08/09/2001 - 1:00pm
Kim M's picture
Joined: 06/09/2001 - 09:00

pamom, what a horrible situation with your daughter. My daughter has not had a reaction since her first at 14 months (she is now 3) and I could feel myself getting a little complacent, especially about potential cross contamination. I took her to an allergist recently, hoping the fact that she has not had any reactions meant that she had outgrown the allergy. Not to be; her test was still positive. And I was hoping that the doctor would reassure me a bit, maybe saying that the fact that she hasn't had any other reactions means that she is not especially sensitive. Instead he scared the living daylights out of me, and said there is absolutely no way to predict the extent of her reactions, and if she has asthma (she had some bronchospasms when she was about one year old after having a cold, she used albuterol for a while, but she hasn't had any problems since) her chances of having a severe reaction are much greater. Now your experience confirms that I can never let my guard down. It is disappointing, but I guess the fact that she hasn't had any other reactions means that we are doing the right things.
Nervous Nellie, I read somewhere that a soft vanilla ice cream cone with nothing else on it is probably the safest ice cream you can get. The machines are not used for anything else or any other flavor, so there is less chance of cross contamination. There is, I guess, always the chance of cross contamination from the person serving you, but the your chances are much better than with a hard ice cream cone, or heaven forbid, a milkshake.
[This message has been edited by Kim M (edited August 09, 2001).]

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2001 - 12:29am
nervous nelly's picture
Joined: 07/29/2001 - 09:00

Dear pamom,
I am so sorry to hear of the trouble you daughter went through but your quick thinking is to be commended. Thank you for sharing your story. It has confirmed my worst fears but also has made my new guidelines more strict and given me the confidence to ensure my child's safety. Thanks again!!

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2001 - 10:49am
Joined: 03/17/2001 - 09:00

If I can't read the ingredients on a label of something my kid will eat, he does not eat it. Period. I have gone into kitchens at restaurants to read the oil cans. Too risky to give kids unlabelled food.
Blessings and B-well!

Posted on: Mon, 01/13/2003 - 3:34am
busymom's picture
Joined: 12/04/2001 - 09:00

Please be careful my son has had to reactions to peanuts there even with precautions taken. There is so much crosscontamination with all the peanut toppings used at ours. We thought we were safe too but will not go there anymore.

Posted on: Mon, 01/13/2003 - 6:36am
mchammond's picture
Joined: 09/21/2000 - 09:00

When the DQ in our area opened, they were very good at handling my sons allergy. I have read several articles about bad experiences at dq.
Our DQ now has a warning posted on the outside of the building that basicly lets people know that the entire building could be contaminated. We don't go there anymore!
[This message has been edited by mchammond (edited January 13, 2003).]



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