PA Children and Sports

Posted on: Sun, 08/29/1999 - 1:31am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

We are signing up our 5 year old peanut allergic son (allergic by touch & ingestion) for T-Ball today. I'm looking for any feedback from parents whose children participate in any type of sports where food will be around and how you handle it.

Thanks and stay safe.

Posted on: Sun, 08/29/1999 - 2:26pm
Sue's picture
Joined: 02/13/1999 - 09:00

pYour question is just in time for us. We are signing our PA 5 year old daughter up for Soccer and have the same problem - allergic to ingestion and touch. We strongly suspect beathing peanuts products is also a problem for her./p
pWe are very interested in any help and suggestions./p
pWe are also very concerned about the secondary reactions she has had after exercising. We are worried, but hope that we can keep a very close watch on her as she starts participating in some sports./p
pHope to here from those that have been there./p
pSue in Sunny Arizona/p

Posted on: Sun, 08/29/1999 - 11:18pm
Mary Kay's picture
Joined: 01/25/1999 - 09:00

pSports are easy. The main focus is not on food. My son has played soccer for 5 seasons and at the beginning of each season the parents are told and a written note goes out about my son's PA. Each parent gets a turn to bring treats to each game. If the treat is questionable then I always bring a substitute for my son. So far there has not been any problems. /p
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Mary Kay/p

Posted on: Mon, 08/30/1999 - 12:11am
Kathryn's picture
Joined: 02/17/1999 - 09:00

pHi, I agree T-ball has been the easiest thing we've tried with Troy. We also do a letter [sent by the association with the coaches' signatures] asking the there be no food on the bench and that the children wash their hands and faces thoroughly before arriving. End of game refreshments are brought by each family in turn but are limited to juice boxes or freezies. On the one occasion where a family brought candy the coaches tactfully refused to distribute it and instead substituted freezies [apparently they always have a refreshment in reserve in case a family forgets]. Troy thoroughly enjoyed playing T-ball this summer. Hope this helps. Take care./p

Posted on: Mon, 08/30/1999 - 11:01pm
LQ's picture
Joined: 08/20/1999 - 09:00

pOur child has been involved in these summer sports as well. The organizations on the snack sign up sheet clearly state that no peanut products or nut products are allowed. The coaches are great. All children bring there own drinks to the games. They even explain to them that room temp. drinks are better than cold drinks. They also suggest snacks. Cut up fruit(esp oranges), POPSCICLES, remember it's hot. We found no problems. Occassionly, a parent may bring in a lovely homemade goods. When this happens (no matter how much they ensure us it's okay) my child knows we get to go to the store for his favourite popscicle or ice cream.(usually he is thrilled)Enjoy the games!!/p

Posted on: Tue, 08/31/1999 - 5:27am
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Anonymous (not verified)

pThank you all for your responses! [img][/img]/p
pWhat a great support team...stay safe!/p

Posted on: Sat, 09/04/1999 - 7:40am
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Anonymous (not verified)

pMy five year old is severely allergic to tree nuts. She has played basketball, hockey, t-ball, soccer and gymnastics. We have never had a problem and always bring our own snacks. In t-ball and hockey, she had her own bat and hockey stick.After gymnastics, I make sure she washes herself very well. We keep plenty of waterless soap and wipes around. Sports are one of the few occasions severely allergic kids can be like everyone else./p

Posted on: Sun, 09/05/1999 - 9:02am
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Joined: 02/03/1999 - 09:00

pMy son hs played t-ball over the last two years. I have been very carful to be sure all the moms and dads know about the allergy. I also go over with my son what he can and can't purchase at the snack bar. Then of corse he can't eat it until he has shown it to me. My husband has been a coach and I the team mom(it helps to be involved). The kids on the team look out for my son and the moms are great at team parties always going out of there way to let me know whatever they brought is safe. If there is a question(dips or cookies) he does not eat them. I think it will be interesting next year as he moves up to coach pitch ball and then Little league. I have heard the latest snack in the dug out is peanuts. I know there won't be any on our team but what of the game before us. My bigest concern this year was the day the league went to the pro game. Everything was fine (although we did come hame with some wheezing). I hope this is helpful. Just keep involved and watch everything. God bless, /p

Posted on: Mon, 09/06/1999 - 9:08pm
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Anonymous (not verified)

pHi All,/p
pWe had our first T-Ball meeting last night and it went very well. After meeting the coach and the other parents and their children, my husband stood up and announced our son was deathly allergic to peanuts by touch and ingestion and if they would please refrain from bringing any PB snacks to the games and if they would please wipe up their children before each game if they have eaten peanut butter. He went on to further state we were just like everyone else in regards to our child leading a normal life and being part of a team just like their children. The response was great! The coach piped in and said he didn't allow any food in the dugout and that they were here to play baseball, not to eat!/p
pWe went out and bought our son his own bat and glove and I am hoping for a safe season of T-Ball! [img][/img]/p
pThanks again, everyone, for your responses!/p
pStay safe./p

Posted on: Thu, 06/08/2006 - 2:17am
steveandleslea's picture
Joined: 10/11/2002 - 09:00

pGreat stories!/p
pUnfortunately our T-Ball league sells peanuts and the shells are EVERYWHERE. All we can do is do the best we can!/p

Posted on: Thu, 06/08/2006 - 3:46am
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Joined: 07/19/2001 - 09:00

pOur little league games are right at dinner time, so many parents bring along some type of dinner food (usually pizza, it seems) and try to get the players to eat a few bites while they're waiting their turn to bat. Occasionally we've seen PBJs as the dinner, which makes me concerned about peanut butter residue on the bats. Batting gloves might be helpful in this situation, and the kids think they're cool anyway./p


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