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Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 9:41pm
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I know I'm getting off topic but....
I agree very much with Pete just wrote. I know zip about softball, but I have spent every single one of my daughter's game in the dugout with the girls. Our league requires that a female be in the dugout at each game. I do this because it makes my daughter happy and also that I feel that everyone should so something to help out. I don't do it because of her allergy (it's a side benefit that I do get to see what food if any is in the dugout). But I would do it if she had an allergy or not. Also, the more your volunteer, the more other's are willing to help you and 'be on your side'.

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 10:10pm
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Chris has always played sports. I think it is the best thing in the world for kids to do to keep healthy and make friends. He has never had a problem. Drinking out of water bottles after someone else is the only problem i have ever seen. that is unhealthy for any kid not just a PA. being that he has been raised so strictly with his allergy he never would share a bottle so therefore we benefited from that problem. The kids that don't have allergies are more apt to drink after another child and end up with Strep.
The other thing is this he never had a Peanut problem in sports but did get a broken nose by a bad pitch. Also broken ribs and bruised kidney playing football.
There is no guarantee but I feel it is just important not to frighten the kids and keep an eye on them from a distance.
One more thing is that I saved a lot of money in sports because Chris never went to the snack bar. He wanted just what i would bring him.
Have a great sport season!! claire

Posted on: Fri, 04/16/2004 - 1:13am
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Our youngest, who is PA, will be starting T-ball and soccer this year.
Our two other girls, one with PA and one without, have played sports for years. Yes, our dugouts are disgusting & contaminated. Candy bars and food all over the place. I'm sure to watch out for them, and clean up when needed.
I agree that kids do not need to have food while playing their game - there is NO reason they can't wait until after the game.

Posted on: Fri, 04/16/2004 - 9:00am
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just thought i would chime in here...
ive been allergic to peanuts my entire life and i am now 21 years old. my allergy is as severe as it comes... airborne reactions and everything.
i have played soccer, hockey, lacrosse, softball, baseball, teeball, and basketball since i was a little kid. i NEVER even once had a problem at a game or practice. my parents never got me my own helmet and ive even shared gloves and bats and other equipment depending on the sport. and yes ive been on buses to away games with other people eating peanuts. on sidelines when i was little i remember kids eating PB crackers. i just stayed away from them and if i was on a bus opened a window.
i agree with emom on this... sometimes the paranoia can be too much. just relax for a minute and have some fun. if you are a good parent and you stress how important staying away from peanuts is and not to take food from other people, they will be fine. and of course tell the coach about the allergy.
i coach kids sports now, including teeball, and honestly i dont see kids eating a lot of peanut products, and obviously thats something i pay attention to. its mostly fruits and drinks, with the occasional snickers bar thrown in.
[This message has been edited by Scruffy (edited April 16, 2004).]

Posted on: Sun, 04/18/2004 - 7:18am
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My son is now seventeen, and was diagnosed PA at age three. He has played soccer for 13 years, softball for two years, Judo for eight years, lacrosse for one year, joins the cross-country running team at high school every fall and currently he races mountain and road bikes.
I agree with the other posters. Make sure that your child's coach and the other parents know about the allergy. Don't become complacent, some people just don't care or understand, but you do have to try to let your child live life to it's fullest.
You are not at all paranoid, just a caring Mom who is going through what I imagine we all have gone through and still go through in different situations.

Posted on: Mon, 04/19/2004 - 8:19am
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I must say I've been surprised with some of the wording in posts in this thread. I do not think extreme cautions put any child in a "bubble". We are neither paranoid, nor neurotic, and my child is positive, cheerful with no negative aspects as mentioned above. I absolutely positively love my son incredibly and do whatever it takes to keep him healthy. Can't imagine life without him.
We all have different "zones" as our coping mechanisms. IMO, extreme ones do not necessarily produce a "bubble" or "paranoia effect" as mentioned above. Whatever you choose to do, original poster, should ease your mind and keep your worries in check. Your child's safety is all that matters, and whether you choose standard or extreme measures is up to you, your choice.

Posted on: Mon, 04/19/2004 - 2:49pm
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Well said, Ryans's Mom!

Posted on: Mon, 04/19/2004 - 8:21pm
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Ryans mom at your sons age he probably doesn't ride a bus to any games yet. That is a huge problem in football for chris. He would be on the bus and kids would eat on the way to the game. I did have to meet with people so that would be changed. As the kids get older I have found different eating issues.
I will always remember Chris running in track and the kid running next to him wearing a shirt that read"reeses Peanut Butter Cups". Chris beat the boy and i told him he was afraid of that shirt. It was funny but out of all the kids at the event how strange for Chris to run against him.
I think that you(RyansMom)will be ok because you have your eyes open and letting your son enjoy life. I hope my post never sounded rude to you because I am a huger protector. I just checked on the food for the prom to make sure he is safe. He is 17 and i still check.
Good luck claire

Posted on: Mon, 04/19/2004 - 11:39pm
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First, sorry I'm just posting now..took me this long to check back.
I'm just going to respond to everyone in this one reply:
Thanks to everyone who didn't just label me as a "paranoid mom" and gave their support and understanding instead! I thought that was what this website was about...us being there for eachother to help, offer advice, support and just a place to go not to feel alone. I didn't realize I was going to get labeled. My son reacts from smell, touch and ingestion so it's not as simply as just saying- don't eat that.
e-mom: since I am talking about being labeled...I minds well start with your post. Yes, I do consider the dugouts to be disgusting and contaminated and, Yes...there is peanut butter food and candy that is eaten in the dugout. Smeared on the walls and benches...I'm not sure but when your child has a reaction from smell and touch (not just from ingestion), it is a little scary to be in an area where pb is eaten and I'm going to assume they are not wiping their hands down after eating. So, use the word "paranoid" if you'd like but I do not consider myself paranoid but more like concerned, aware, and yes...maybe "worried" but that just comes a little natural now after I watched my son almost die from a reaction. We do all have different comfort levels and I definetly don't agree with some people's layed back levels but would never critize them for it. We all want our children to be safe...bottom line. Maybe your definition of "contaminated" is different from mine but where there has been pb food/candy eaten in an area (especially eaten by young kids..we all know how they can eat), I consider that area to be possibly "contaminated".
I did inform all the parents about my son's PA and asked them not to bring any food to practices and games. For those of you who said to get involved...I am the Manager of his team. I felt that would be the best way for me to be involved and kinda control the food situation. I would also hope that other children can go that short a period of time without food. But, I played sports all my life and coached for years (before I had my own kids) and there was tons of food being brought to practices and games...being eaten right in the dugout.
Ryan's mom: Thanks for all your great information! That was definetly a big help.
Again...thanks to everyone who offered advice, input and support. I'm hoping to have a fun and safe season!!
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Mommy to:
Jake~ 4 yrs. old- PA
Sam~ 2 yrs. old- Not PA

Posted on: Tue, 04/20/2004 - 2:42am
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Quote:Originally posted by Jodi2boys:
[b]Thanks to everyone who didn't just label me as a "paranoid mom" and gave their support and understanding instead! I thought that was what this website was about...us being there for eachother to help, offer advice, support and just a place to go not to feel alone.[/b]
First, I'd like to tell you that my tone is not angry by any means. More of frustration and just want to open a few eyes up a little wider.
This is just a general comment, but why do several people on this board feel that they are owed something?
If what you wanted was a pat on the back and for everyone to always agree with what you are doing and saying, then you should post that you don't want anyone to respond that has a different opinion.
I did offer advice and support and help--just as you mentioned above but it wasn't something that you wanted to hear. If you had all the answers, why did you post your questions and ask for [b]"any help would be great"[/b]? You wanted me to say that everything that you are doing is absolutely correct. Well, I'm sorry, in my opinion your first post sounded paranoid.
Do you want people to always do what you say or do you want an honest opinion? (again, this question is for many people)
My child has a peanut allergy. I want others, for example, teachers and coaches, to help keep him safe. I don't want him to be singled out or be made special in any way. I want him to have a very normal life just like all other children do [b]MINUS[/b] peanuts.
[b] Quote:e-mom: since I am talking about being labeled...I minds well start with your post. Yes, I do consider the dugouts to be disgusting and contaminated and, Yes...there is peanut butter food and candy that is eaten in the dugout. Smeared on the walls and benches...I'm not sure but when your child has a reaction from smell and touch (not just from ingestion), it is a little scary to be in an area where pb is eaten and I'm going to assume they are not wiping their hands down after eating.[/b]
Not even Martha Stewart could make a dugout spotless and free of dirt! (although I have seen what she can do to a 8 x 8 holding cell [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]) Ok, sorry for the lame joke, we ARE talking about 4 year old children playing t-ball right??? About 45 minutes long? If they are eating PB sandwiches, when do they actually play t-ball? How are they holding their gloves or bat? I mean, when my son was in t-ball last year (at the age of 4) they only had time to get a very quick drink from their parents (we were all sitting about 20 feet away) and then had to get back to practicing and playing t-ball--no time to eat anything--not to mention eating [i]while[/i] playing any sport would upset any child's stomach.
[b] Quote:So, use the word "paranoid" if you'd like but I do not consider myself paranoid but more like concerned, aware, and yes...maybe "worried" but that just comes a little natural now after I watched my son almost die from a reaction.[/b]
Had you of posted this in your first post, I wouldn't have thought at all that you were being paranoid--just a typical mom who has a child with pa (just like me) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
[b] Quote:We do all have different comfort levels and I definetly don't agree with some people's layed back levels but would never critize them for it.[/b]
btw, I never criticized you.
[b] Quote:We all want our children to be safe...bottom line.[/b]
Yup!
[b] Quote:I did inform all the parents about my son's PA and asked them not to bring any food to practices and games.[/b]
You have any problems with the other parents? Btw, what time is your t-ball for your 4 year old son?
[b] Quote:For those of you who said to get involved...I am the Manager of his team. I felt that would be the best way for me to be involved and kinda control the food situation.[/b]
Sounds like you have everything under control. Why did you need to ask for advice? Just curious.
[b] Quote:I would also hope that other children can go that short a period of time without food. But, I played sports all my life and coached for years (before I had my own kids) and there was tons of food being brought to practices and games...being eaten right in the dugout.[/b]
I started playing organized school and non-school sports since I was about 6 years old. We had Summer leagues as well. Not 1 time did anyone eat in the dugout. When I was younger, I remember a concession stand and all the teammates would either get something (small snack) AFTER the game or practice or wait until they got home. Food DURING sports--doesn't make any sense. Teammates would usually eat while walking over or just have a small snack but NEVER in the dugout as they are quite filthy. We even had our water or juice outside the dugout.
[b] Quote:Again...thanks to everyone who offered advice, input and support. I'm hoping to have a fun and safe season!![/b]
Your welcome [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
So for anyone who "doesn't think it's fair" for me to say what I said--would you rather me lie?

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