Reaction to Chuck E. Cheese

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 10:38pm
MomofNicolas's picture
Joined: 06/09/2002 - 09:00

pAfter contacting the corporate office of Chuck E. Cheese and being reassured that the restaurant was completely safe, I took my son to eat there last night. He only ate the topping (pepperoni beef) from 2 personal-size pieces. He acted like he did not feel very well, so I took him home. Later that night, he had what looked like insect bites all over him. I thought that some insect had gotten in his pajamas and bit / stung him all over. Peanuts didn't cross my mind, since they assured me that the restaurant was safe. Since there were probably 100 or more "bites", I took him to the ER. They said that it was an allergic reaction and gave him steroids and Benadryl. I am SO upset. I have tried to be so careful - wiping shopping carts, not going out to eat (except 3 restaurants) - trying to keep him away from any possible exposure. I even teach his Bibly Study class and Wednesday night class, because I am so afraid of leaving him in someone else's care. I have emailed the corporate office asking them to investigate it and call me back. I don't know if there was some kind of cross-contamination (maybe a cook having a snack), or maybe he was exposed from the play equipment. The only other allergy that he has is shellfish. He has only had 1 other exposure (anaphalactic), which happened 3 months ago. Does anyone know if this exposure would be enough to keep him from having any chance of outgrowing it? I have read that the only children that outgrow the allergy are the ones who have no other exposure. /p

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 11:32pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Every Chuck E Cheese I have been in has an ice cream vending machine that sells Nutty Buddy's in it. My guess would be that some of these loose peanut parts were on the play equipment and he came into contact with them there. I am surprised they did not mention the vending machine when you called them.

Posted on: Fri, 09/13/2002 - 1:02am
DadofTwo's picture
Joined: 09/13/2002 - 09:00

We keep my PA son away from Chuck E Cheeses because someone told us that they use Walnut Flour in their Pizzas. If your child is allergic to walnuts, that might explain the "bug bites".

Posted on: Fri, 09/13/2002 - 1:43am
MomofNicolas's picture
Joined: 06/09/2002 - 09:00

I talked with the manager of CEC this morning. He said that there are no peanut products in any of the ingredients. However, he frequently sees parents feeding their children peanut butter sandwiches in the restaurant. I guess a child had eaten some and then played on the equipment. Do many children have this type of reaction to such an exposure. Also, it had been several hours between the time we left CEC and when I noticed the reaction. Does it usually take this long to cause a reaction?

Posted on: Fri, 09/13/2002 - 3:45am
austin2001's picture
Joined: 05/03/2002 - 09:00

As for the time it takes to see a reaction, I think it could be somewhat delayed. My son's only experience with peanut reaction occured at daycare. The child next to him had peanut butter and jelly, but fortunately mine was still eating baby food. THe kids nap after lunch...for about 2 hours, and it was then that the daycare teacher noticed something happening to my child. At the time, we did not know of his peanut allergy, but they did take him to the ER. His reaction proceeded quickly prior to his arrival in the ER. ....The only other explanation would be if the seat they put him in after his nap may have had peanut butter still in it, and he had a reaction. We did have a delayed reaction with took almost 2 hours before the hives and coughing started....
As for CEC, I have also heard of the peanut ice cream bars, and they are supposedly doing away with them in the future.....
HOpe you find out what happened to your son....let us know...

Posted on: Fri, 09/20/2002 - 6:36pm
kajc's picture
Joined: 06/09/2002 - 09:00

MomofNicholas - I just wanted to comment about restaurant play equipment. My daughter has always had reactions to those - they are usually filthy! Did your son go into the ball pool? Those are dirtiest things in the restaurant. My daughter had several severe asthma reactions after playing in the ball pool until I told her she could no longer play in them under any circumstances. She was sad, but managed to have fun anyway. -Kay

Posted on: Fri, 09/20/2002 - 10:47pm
MomofNicolas's picture
Joined: 06/09/2002 - 09:00

The CEC that we went to does not have a ball pit. He only played on the rides and the open slide. I do not let him in the tunnel play area, because I can not see him well enough. It has now been 8 days since he had the reaction. He still has a congested sounding cough. I had to take him to the doctor 2 days ago, because he had another episode of hives - while on Benadryl. I sort of wonder if he has become allergic to something else. The doctor put him on Zyrtec. We have gone to Gymboree (very clean indoor play area where no food is allowed) 3 times during all of this allergic reaction stuff. The first time was the day of the big reaction. The next time was the same day he had the second episode of hives. Yesterday, we went again. Last night he coughed all night long. I can't imagine what it could be at that place. We have been going several times a week with out any problems for 4 months. I spoke with the director, and nothing has changed. Any ideas?

Posted on: Sat, 09/21/2002 - 12:16am
DRobbins's picture
Joined: 07/19/2001 - 09:00

This is really grasping at straws, but I know I've read somewhere here that people who are PA can have cross-reactions to some ingredient in pepperoni. Is it possible that the pepperoni is the culprit? (Not that it's cross-contaminated, but that there's some ingredient in the pepperoni that is close enough to peanuts or other legumes to cause a reaction.)
Just a thought,

Posted on: Sat, 09/21/2002 - 12:34am
MomofNicolas's picture
Joined: 06/09/2002 - 09:00

I have not thought of pepperoni. Maybe that is the cause. I will definitely keep him away from them in the future. He has never had any problems with any other food. In fact, he eats all kinds of beans and legumes (even garbonzo beans) quite often with no problem. I wonder if he has developed an allergy to more foods? I don't remember what he had for lunch that day, but it could have very well included legumes. I will try cutting those out for a while and see if he gets better. Thanks for the info!

Posted on: Sat, 09/21/2002 - 12:51am
DebO's picture
Joined: 03/15/1999 - 09:00

Just curious
What about an allergy to something in the plastics used at all of these places to build the equipment with? Like a latex allergy?
good luck figuring it out

Posted on: Sat, 09/21/2002 - 2:53am
MomofNicolas's picture
Joined: 06/09/2002 - 09:00

He has never been tested for latex. That could explain why he keeps getting sick at Gymboree. Maybe we should have him tested for that?


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