Posted on: Sat, 06/26/1999 - 11:44pm
Shan's picture
Joined: 04/05/1999 - 09:00

Hi everyone. I currently have my fifteen month old dd in a playgroup called Gymboree. I don't know if you are familar with it, but it is something you pay for and go to their location. I have mentioned several times that she is PA, but the group seems to change every week! We live in a large metro area and there are also several locations that people switch back and forth to. It is IMPOSSIBLE to let everyone know beforehand since it changes so much...soooooo what I was wondering is should I not take her? We have been going since she was a newborn. They have play equipment that they climb on, but no toys really. We are switching to the Gymboree music program in a couple of weeks and I started wondering about her touching shared musical instruments. I really want her to go, but I don't know if this should be a concern. I'm still confused on the whole how sensitive issue....Thanks and have a great day! Shan

Posted on: Sun, 06/27/1999 - 9:59pm
Christine's picture
Joined: 02/03/1999 - 09:00

I am very familiar with Gymboree programs as we have them in my area also. As you said, there are only a few locations within a large metropolitan area and you are always going to have different kids there. Is food being served at these functions. I was under the impression that this was a short (1 hour) session and that no eating was done. Are you concerned about what the kids have eaten prior to coming into the class? I think before I would put my child in the music class I would have to feel secure that the kids were clean before arriving and that the instruments were cleaned in between classes.

Posted on: Wed, 08/18/1999 - 1:06pm
LoriD's picture
Joined: 08/11/1999 - 09:00

Hi Shan,
My 19 month son was just diagnosed two weeks ago and I have been searching the discussion boards for this exact problem!!
I also take my son to Gymboree and the playground. Since his diagnosis, I am completely paranoid and I don't know how to handle it. This is a good topic and I hope some experienced mom's can help us.
Christopher IS allergic by touch. He has had three reactions in the last month before his diagnosis - not related to playgroups. Until someone on PA convinces me otherwise, I've decided to chance it and continue to attend these groups in hopes that my son may be able to lead a normal life without reactions to group play. Don't take this as advice...I'm brand new to this!
I sympathize.

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