Eating out

Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2000 - 4:32am
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How do you deal with eating out in a restaurant? My daughter had a episode from just sitting at a table where someone had eaten peanuts earlier that day. She also had a reaction at a Girl Scout meeting where peanut butter was used to make birdfeeders. She didn't even participate in that craft. She sat tables away and colored a picture. Apparently just being in the room with it was enough. It scares me to think that something could happen to her if she unknowingly ate something with peanuts! I think that we are very careful but sometimes you can forget to ask. We have known about her allergy for a very long time (she's 6) but I'll tell you-it seems like it's getting worse! Does that happen with age?

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Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2000 - 8:38am
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I am afraid to say that my son's doctor said his allergy will get worse as he gets older. He once had a teacher that reacted when she smelled peanut butter, and it didn't even have to be in the same room. I guess it all depends on what type of reaction they had with the skin test. If the reaction is severe, chances are they will never out grow the allergy. And for eating out, we eat out a little, but we try to eat where I can talk to the cook and we never try something new. We eat a lot of Mexican food, chinese food sometimes, and spaghetti alot!!!

Posted on: Fri, 02/17/2006 - 7:21am
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I guess this is why we don't go out to eat except at fast food places we already trust. I do want to go to Outback someday but I don't think we'll ever go to any restaurant that isn't known for being allergy aware.
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Posted on: Fri, 02/17/2006 - 9:03am
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I should add that I feel if a restaurant commits to serving a food allergic person and promises to make it a safe experience - they should make dang sure that there are NO mistakes on that order!
Just my two cents. We rarely eat out in general because my comfort zone with a 3-1/2 year old doesn't permit me to at this time.

Posted on: Fri, 02/17/2006 - 4:13pm
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That is true, but I can't even trust my mother in law, who has a vested interest in my kids, to feed them safely. So a restaurant server who doesn't know us and probably doesn't even believe or know that food allergies are "that serious" would be low on my list of people to trust.
But really, we can't live in a bubble.
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Posted on: Fri, 02/17/2006 - 8:33pm
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I eat out all the time. It's one of my favorite things to do, go out to eat. If you are proactive and stay away from restaurants that serve peanut heavy foods, you shouldn't have a problem. I've certainly never had a problem with restaurant food. And I've always believed that it was my responsibilty to make sure my food was safe, not everyone else's.

Posted on: Fri, 02/17/2006 - 9:30pm
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I eat out too, I am PA and tons of food allergies and my daughter is PA and TNA. She is 14 and will be off to college in 4 years and I know she will be going out with friends and such then. Although this terrifies me, I feel our restaurant experiences we are having now will help her deal with this issue when she is on her own.
A lot of places don't even have peanuts at all, like pizza places for example. We have a few near us that have no peanuts on the premisis and make their own sauces and such.
We try to live as normal a life as we can, my daughter and I travel world wide and have so far not had any problems.
Susan

Posted on: Fri, 02/17/2006 - 10:06pm
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We also eat out often (or take out), about once a week.
We have a few places that we feel comfortable with and we have been repeat customers so the wait staff, managers or owners know us. These are mostly the pizza or italian places in the neighborhood and the only nuts that they do have are in the desserts, which we never order anyway.
We also eat at McDonalds, Burger King and KFC with the kids. We enjoy going out as a family, and have found places within our comfort zone that make dining out fun.

Posted on: Sat, 02/18/2006 - 1:01pm
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I eat out frequently too, but have this whole "process" for going to a new restaurant...I call ahead in the middle of the afternoon and speak to the manager and the head chef. Sometimes I stop by to see the menu and they can see me in person. I gauge my own comfort level about how much they are understanding, quiz them, and then decide to eat there or not. There are times where I've been told not to eat at a place, I'm glad they are honest with me. If they don't feel 100% confident with my food, then I'm glad they share that info with me instead of winging it.
Like Tom, I go to places that usually don't have peanuts (severe allergy) or tree nuts (middle of the road allergy) in the menu. Sometimes there's just one dish or something.
I also have this whole process when I get to a restaurant, which usually involves the manager on duty before I'm even seated. If I feel the manager or the server that night "just don't get it", I don't order. I'm there to have fun with friends, ya know? I always carry snacks in my purse when I go out to eat just in case.
I also *always* have 3 epis with me. I figure, mistakes can ALWAYS happen...so I'm prepared, so I don't get too anxious eating out b/c I *know* what a reaction feels like and how it starts and I can always 911 and epi myself.
I think it gets easier as you get older.
:-) Adrienne
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Posted on: Tue, 02/21/2006 - 11:36pm
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would love to eat out more but its expensive here (UK) a three course meal for 6 at pizza express would be the best part of

Posted on: Wed, 02/22/2006 - 3:03pm
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I think it's important that you do eat out. Like pixiegirl says, your child will one day be on their own. Do you want them afraid of going out to eat, or not know what to do when they do go out to eat? What if it's an activity for work, like a lunch or dinner? What about being on your own in college? You have to know how to deal with living in the real world without the protection of someone there to help you. Take them out, teach your children how to stay safe and fend for themselves first.
Also, I always try to stay away from foods that might have peanuts in them. It's pretty much a good bet that steak and potatoes, or grilled chicken, or fish aren't going to be made with peanuts. Stay away from iffy salads and deserts, you should be fine.
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