Playgrounds and parks

Posted on: Wed, 04/09/2003 - 7:48am
Connielynn's picture
Joined: 08/27/2002 - 09:00

My hs group is discussing meeting for lunch at parks this summer. Has anyone had truouble with parks or playgrounds? What about residue?

Posted on: Wed, 04/09/2003 - 8:16am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Never had a big problem... but public parks are off our comfortable list most of the time anyway, so maybe we don't have as much experience this way as some out there do.
We wipe down tables, benches, chairs, and that sort of thing, but not play equipment.

Posted on: Wed, 04/09/2003 - 8:40am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

We go to the playground all the time. Went to a big place with indoor structures as well today. I always wash my dd's hands as best we can depending on available facilities. If she were to eat off a table, I wipe it and place a napkin on it and her food on that, usually in a plastic bag or container, anyway. We have never had any trouble.
However, I have not noticed my dd to be airborn sensetive(not that it could not happen someday).

Posted on: Wed, 04/09/2003 - 9:03am
SpudBerry's picture
Joined: 07/23/2002 - 09:00

We play at public parks all the time, and have never had any problems - knock wood. I too try to take some precautions around the eating areas, but other than that, I pretty much let him run free.
We have never had any reactions other than the BIG one after I fed him PB&J. So I don't know if he is contact or airborn sensitive or not.
Mom to 3 year old twins Ben & Mike - one PA & the other not.
Stay Informed And Peanut Free!

Posted on: Wed, 04/09/2003 - 11:23am
ACBaay's picture
Joined: 03/19/2002 - 09:00

We have never had a problem with public parks. If we are going to eat, we eat on our picnic blanket or bring a tablecloth. We, also, wash hands before eating and after playing.

Posted on: Wed, 04/09/2003 - 11:25am
Connielynn's picture
Joined: 08/27/2002 - 09:00

My dd is airborne and contact sensitive.

Posted on: Wed, 04/09/2003 - 11:58am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

My son has a history of immediate projectile vomitting after exposure to strong odor of certain legumes, including peanuts. To date, this has not happened to my son at any playground (that I can remember). I have witnessed this while my husband was carrying my son (at a leisurely pace) on his shoulders outdoors. Twice even (on hubby's shoulders), although the second incident on my husbands shoulders may have been a "biphasic" reaction. There are quite a few other incidents, but these two stick in my mind. (or hubby's shoulders and head).
*Personally* my biggest fear at the playground is dropoffs in many newer playground setups. So many children running, pushing, bumping into each other. Despite the materials used at the bases of some equipment, I still don't like the idea of dropoffs.
Disclaimer: this post not intended as advice in any manner or form.

Posted on: Wed, 04/09/2003 - 11:08pm
JacquelineL-B's picture
Joined: 02/14/2002 - 09:00

We did this with a hs group with the understanding that no one would bring pb sandwiches. DS had a few close calls with his other allergies but did OK.
By mid-summer one of the moms started to "forget". She packed pb and gave it to her toddler. Pretty soon a few other moms were "forgetting" too. I gently reminded them that pb was deadly for my kid and got the "Oh we're so sorry your kid is sick but we'll keep doing the same thing" kind of apologies.
So we tried a pb table where the kids would eat and than their parent would wash their hands/face with wipes I provided. (DS doesn't seem to be airborn.) The same group of moms would just wouldn't even do this! More and more often food was becoming the main activity.
I'm no longer a group member. We left the group citing "health reasons" for ds. I hope your experience is better than mine.

Posted on: Thu, 04/10/2003 - 12:38am
Connielynn's picture
Joined: 08/27/2002 - 09:00

I haven't had problem with dd allergy and our group. There are other problems but today is the meeting and we will see. If it is a small group of the ones who do get it, I think we will be okay.
You were nicer than I would have been! I would have told them, why I was forces to drop out.
I have been 'stepped' on so much in the last year I guess I am getting mouthy.

Posted on: Thu, 04/10/2003 - 1:11am
mattchrismom's picture
Joined: 02/12/2003 - 09:00

I bring my ds to the playground all the time when there isen't any snow [img][/img] we haven't had any reaction there, I bring my own snacks and wipe his hands than use an atibacterial wash (because of the sand) If we go to a picnic ground I bring my own plastic table cloth because usually they are wood tables and are hard to clean and of course frequent hand washing.

Posted on: Thu, 04/10/2003 - 2:26am
nancy023's picture
Joined: 12/12/2002 - 09:00

We often go to parks and have had no problems. We do avoid one park that has many walnut trees-- walnuts all over the ground.


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