Had to leave park today

Posted on: Thu, 04/22/2004 - 7:58am
donnag's picture
Joined: 09/23/2003 - 09:00

We went to the park today to meet some friends. We were there for only 5-10 min. when I noticed some kids trying to catch a squirrel with peanuts and they had the ritz cracker sandwiches w/ peanutbutter inside. So I decided it was best if we just left. I was just wondering if other moms would have approached the parents and asked them to at least wash there kids hands before playing on the playground? Or would you just leave as we did? If you would approach the parents what would you say? Just trying to get ideas for next time. Thanks, Donna

Posted on: Thu, 04/22/2004 - 11:45am
wendysco's picture
Joined: 05/03/2003 - 09:00

We would have just left and waited for a good rain to go back. If you think about it, playgrounds are a pretty big risk as kids tend to eat and go play. Not sure how much a good rain would help, but so far so good for us.
Now if I could just find a way to keep the squirrels from dropping walnuts in my yard...

Posted on: Thu, 04/22/2004 - 12:37pm
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

I always went to parks/playgrounds as a kid and never had any problems. I still remember people feeding peanuts to the squirrels on occasion, but it wasn't a problem in my case as I just didn't pick up the peanuts. I'd just wash my hands when I came home from outdoors which was a good habit to have anyway as after playing in the park I'd be messy (especially after jumping in piles of leaves in the autumn).

Posted on: Thu, 04/22/2004 - 12:50pm
NutlessinNJ's picture
Joined: 02/23/2004 - 09:00

We would have left just like you did. I have found that it is easier to just look out for my son without depending on the understanding of other parents. I find that when you approach most parents and ask them to not let their child do something it makes it more enticing for them and how dare you ask them to "deprive" their child so that yours will be safe. It sounds so negative but I have actually had run ins with other parents because of nut allergies. Sad but true.

Posted on: Thu, 04/22/2004 - 1:59pm
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donnag, my children are now 8 and 6 (I don't know if age matters), but I would have done the same thing as you did.
The schoolyard where my children go to school is absolutely filthy (although they recently did a spring clean-up - I almost had a heart attack and died on the spot). Because it is not a "peanut free" school and because there is so much litter EVERYWHERE on the grounds, I will not allow my children to play in this playground after school.
Figure it's a big enough risk that my PA son is out there three times a day five days a week.
In other schools, I have let them stay and play in the playgrounds even though the schools weren't "peanut free". But the grounds weren't filthy with litter either.
My children have done their fair share of playing in playgrounds and I have never taken any precautions like wiping down equipment or anything.
However, what I have never run across is other children eating peanut products or feeding peanuts to the squirrels. If I had, I would have done EXACTLY the same as you.
To us, that's more than a loaded weapon pointed at my child's head, and we leave and probably quite quickly.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 04/22/2004 - 9:45pm
samirosenjacken's picture
Joined: 09/30/2002 - 09:00

I probably wouldn't have left...
We went to the park on Wed to have a picnic and there was a mom and ds all by themselves eating. I went to invite them to sit with us and noticed the boy was eating pb/j. I told them mom I had intended to ask them to sit with us but couldn't seeing the ds was eating pb.. explained about pa.. and she was very understanding. I invited him to come play with the kids after he was done and asked if possible, she could just make sure his hands were clean. She was very cool about it and I saw her cleaning him up after lunch.
Just think how many kids eat pb at parks and playgrounds every day! You just happened to see them doing it that one day. I probably would have stayed and just kept a really close eye on my dd. If the parents were close by, I may have even taken the opportunity to disscus PA and see what happened from there...
I have approached parents many times about washing their kids' hands after eating. At the pool we go to, kids eat right next to the baby pool! The parents have all been really understanding and sent their kids to the bathrooms to clean up before going back into the water and playing with the kid toys.

Posted on: Fri, 04/23/2004 - 5:50am
momofjen's picture
Joined: 10/07/2002 - 09:00

I think we may have left the park also. My dd is almost 7 and I think her seeing the peanuts would have made her too nervous to enjoy herself.
Isn't it interesting though, how many of us freak out when we actually see the peanut butter.
For instance, last summer, we were on vacation. We were sitting on chairs by the pool. A father and his young daughter came and sat down a few seats away with their lunch in hand.
Of course, the little girl opened her lunch and it was a nice messy PB and J sandwich. I watched her eat and wipe her hands all over the chair. I made a mental note to wash that chair down after she had left the pool area.
Now, what would have happened if I had shown up after she had eaten and already left? I might have sat in that same chair with my daughter.
Sometimes, you are better off living blindly, if you know what I mean!!

Posted on: Fri, 04/23/2004 - 6:53am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by momofjen:
[b]Now, what would have happened if I had shown up after she had eaten and already left? I might have sat in that same chair with my daughter. [/b]
Yes, that's one reason I would not have left the park. People eat peanut products everywhere and at any time so I would have stayed in the park. In all the years I played in parks, playgrounds, schoolyards, I had zero reactions so I do not think it is risky. Just be sure to wash your hands afterwards which is always important advice anyway (since the park contains bird droppings, squirrel feces, dirt, etc as well) which could cause health problems as well.

Posted on: Mon, 05/24/2004 - 6:44pm
christin28's picture
Joined: 05/29/2003 - 09:00

My 5 year PA son and I go to the park all the time. If I ever see anybody with peanuts or peanut butter I go straight to the parents and ask them to wash their childs hands before letting them play. I also ask them not to let their kids eat peanut products on the play stuctures. Usually they are happy to comply when they are not we leave.

Posted on: Mon, 05/24/2004 - 11:33pm
mattchrismom's picture
Joined: 02/12/2003 - 09:00

I woulden't have left I would have told my ds about the peanuts and kept him from them then washed his hand before eating, food that contains peanuts and nuts are everywhere I try to teach matthew to be careful. (I do get a knot in my stomach when I see nuts around him but I want him to enjoy everything he can, without letting his allergy get in the way)

Posted on: Tue, 05/25/2004 - 12:45am
Driving Me Nutty's picture
Joined: 05/01/2003 - 09:00

Donnag, I'm glad you raised the issue b/c it is always helpful to think through 'what would I do' in such situations to help prepare me for unexpected events. I would have stayed and used it as a teaching experience for my 3 y/o dd - be aware, be prepared, and wash hands.
A similar experience happened when we had dinner w/friends. We didn't hear their 7 y/o dd order her dinner and it was PB&J. When it came, my husband kind of freaked and gave me a 'look'. But the girl was several feet away from our dd (2 adults between them), who would now need to stay seated, so I wasn't concerned. We asked them politely to be very careful and wash hands thoroughly afterwards. They apologized profusely for her error and we had no exposure problems.


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