Reaction at movie theatre

Posted on: Sun, 03/18/2001 - 5:59am
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pThe other day I took two of my kids to the movie. I asked the people what kind of oil they use for their popcorn. They use coconut oil so I let my daughter (pa) have some. She was scarfing it down for quite a while when I notice that she started in with her strange little cough. I asked her if she was ok and she said her throat was bothering her. I thought perhaps she had a popcorn hull caught in her throat and told her to take a drink. Then she said it still felt funny and she started making that "scratch your throat kind of noise".br /
I gave her some Benadryl during the movie and kept a close eye on her. The Benadryl always makes her sleepy (at least I think it is the medicine) right away and she was almost asleep when the movie was over. She had one hive on her cheek by the time we got home (2 minutes down the road). That is the only hive she had but when she walked past me I notice she was wheezing mildly. I gave her a breathing treatment which helped. We watched her closely the rest of the night and she had no further problems.br /
I called the movie theatre the next day and double checked on the ingredients since I had failed to find out what was in the buttery topping. Just three ingredients-soybean oil, artificial butter flavor (who knows what that might be), and citric acid.br /
I believe she has had their popcorn before with no problems so I am wondering if it could be a cross contamination deal. Movie theatres always have peanut stuff/candies. Her unexplained reactions seem to be increasing...The doctor recently told me "just wait until she starts school!"br /
I don't look forward to this at all!/p
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Posted on: Sun, 03/18/2001 - 6:31am
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Has she ever reacted to touch before? Maybe there was something on the seat or she touched some peanut candy residue somewhere. Or has she ever reacted to peanut smell? Again, maybe someone was eating something in her direct area and she was smelling it. Just trying to throw some ideas out there! Mystery reactions are so frustrating! Is she doing O-K now?

Posted on: Sun, 03/18/2001 - 6:34am
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Sorry, double post!
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Posted on: Sun, 03/18/2001 - 9:23am
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I find movie theatres a nightmare! Mind you my daughter is allergic to milk, eggs and peanuts. ...buttered popcorn everywhere!
How old is your daughter now?
I found my daughters contact reactions increased when she was 4. Claritin daily before school has helped quite a bit.
I always cover her seat and arm rests with my coat the best that I can. One time I forgot the arm rests and her hand swelled up to twice it's original size with hives all over it!
In Canada, it is also acceptable to bring your own food to the theatre if you have special diet restrictions or allergies, so this is what we do for food and drink. No one notices after the lights are out and my duaghter is comfortable with this.

Posted on: Sun, 03/18/2001 - 12:06pm
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Glad things turned out okay for her!
Our son had a 'reaction' at a movie theatre not long ago - it was his first time ever to a theatre. He didn't eat any food there at all. He had developed a hive on his face from visiting the arcade just prior to going into to movie. (We washed his hands and face before going into the movie.) We watched him very closely, then after 10-20 minutes in the theatre, he started that 'strange little cough'. We gave him Benadryl and WATCHED HIM LIKE A HAWK. I watched him more than the movie. He was okay, but started to react again after the 4 hour dose of Benadryl wore off. Another dose of Benadryl took care of it - oh, and lots of cleaning up (washing hands, changing clothes, etc.). I can't say we'll be going back to another movie theatre anytime soon. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2001 - 6:32am
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failed to find out what was in the buttery topping?????
Just three ingredients-soybean oil, artificial butter flavor (who knows what that might be), and citric acid.
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We have heard from families with young children who have reacted for unknown reasons at movie theatres (including our own daughter who we think probably reacted to the peanuts in shells being eaten by a child in front of us). We left the seating area as soon as our daughter had what she called "her throat buzzing" and found out later from the mother of the child with the peanuts that her daughter was in front of our daughter eating peanuts, that were still in the shells, from a paper bag. Our daughter had never had an airborne reaction before this experience that we knew about. She had not eaten anything before we went to the movies or at the theater before her throat started buzzing. She had not other food allergies that we were aware of (or ever became aware of). We did not administer her Epi-Pen as we did not know what was the matter with her throat and she started feeling better almost instantly when we left the theater and went outside to the parking area. She felt better even before the other mother followed us out to see why we had left, and then we figured out in our conversation with the mother, that her daughter was eating the peanuts in front of us. If I had it to do over again and knew then what I know now about peanut allergy, I think I would have administered the Epi-Pen and gone to the hospital. We were far from a hospital at the time.
Again, I want to mention what you wrote in your post so others can learn from it.
You wrote in your post
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I had failed to find out what was in the buttery topping. >>
and you wrote
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artificial butter flavor (who knows what that might be), >>
I am glad to see you understand that there are words on ingredients labels that you need to find out more about before consuming a product, such as "natural flavors" etc.
Example that you understand this, you wrote in your post.
>>artificial butter flavor (who knows what that might be)>>
Remember the microwave popcorn manufacturer that we found was putting peanut in it's "natural flavors" (and did not mention peanut on the label and warn us that peanut was part of the "natural flavors)?
I am wondering why, if you knew there were other ingredients in the popcorn, did you not CHECK ALL THE INGREDIENTS? Believe me I know how much work this can be and understand how much you may want the movie theater experience to be a fun one for your child, this is why we work so hard here to make it better out there! You don't have to answer but I want to be sure you and others learn from this MISTAKE.
I don't want you to be one of the family members I talk to who loses a loved one over a mistake such as this. You know to check ingredients, it means ALL ingredients, even those added for texture, taste, looks etc.
Glad your with us! Thanks for helping to educate others! Keep on posting.
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Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2001 - 8:19am
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what was the name of the microwave brand that had peanut in the natural flavor?

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2001 - 6:14am
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Chris- I knew right where you were going as soon as I began reading your post! I have no excuse for what I did other than imperfection! I just plain forgot about the buttery topping until after the fact-went right over my head. I'm usually pretty vigilant about label reading but this time...I had even popped my own popcorn at home to take with us because I was supposed to take my youngest with mutliple food allergies with me but at the last minute he stayed home-ready for bed! I left the homemade popcorn with them!! I don't know what I was thinking! She has never had a problem with movie popcorn before-I'm still not sure if it was that or not or cross contamination (or even airborne...although I have never known this to be a problem for her)but that doesn't mean I will ignore this danger in the future. Yes, it is unfortunate that I must learn from my mistakes and that things didn't get worse. I don't mind you using me as an example.
DMB- I definitely considered a possible cross contamination reaction as there are plenty of peanut candies in a movie theatre!
PeanutTrace-She is 4 years old! Just turned in Jan. and seems to be having more mystery reactions!! I'm going to check with her pediatrician on the next visit and see about a daily antihistamine for her also!(my son was taking daily Claritin and was recently switched to Zyrtec-although I always liked the Claritin)
Thanks for all your comments/criticisms! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
tkiaml

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2001 - 12:45pm
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I don't have any food allergies but I don't eat movie theater popcorn because it makes my throat feel weird. I get a strange numb feeling and I start coughing. It's very unpleasant but it's not an allergic reaction. Maybe this is what happened to your daughter.

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2001 - 3:03pm
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I think it was Healthy Choice wasn't it? I have the box and notes filed in storage and can locate it if we need to. Hopefully someone else has the details handy and the flavor of microwave popcorn it was etc. Anyone heard what they ended up doing as far as labeling better or changing their recipe?
Send me an email if no one posts with the info and I will dig it out.
I had many conversations with the manufacturer and was not very happy with the actions they took about their labeling. To shorten what was a long process: At first they told us they would do a recall, then they told us they were having trouble with the product tasting as good if they changed the recipe, then they told us they were not going to change it OR LABEL IT better!!!
There are not many manufacturers that do not fix or work on the problems we alert them to, however we run into some once in a while.
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Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2001 - 10:50pm
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Has your daughter ever had trouble with coconut before? At my son's (who is PA) last DR. appt the allergist said some PA individuals have trouble with coconut cross reactivity?

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