Vacations -- Rental Properties, Hotels

Posted on: Wed, 03/05/2003 - 7:03am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi everyone. We are still pretty new to PA and I was wondering if I could get some feedback on an issue that I have been pondering for a couple weeks. My 2.5 year old has multiple food allergies that include PA so we have had to adjust a lot of our activities since his diagnoses for a variety of reasons.

I do not know for certain that he is contact or inhalent sensitive to any of his allergies but as an infant he would often have "the cough" and vomit when we were in restaurants. I can recall one ocassion in particular where he threw-up a ball of mucus before we were even seated. So, given this and the fact that we need to avoid so many foods, we don't go out a lot to "public" places. This brings me to my question......

I would love for us to all go away as a family this summer to the beach but I don't know how safe that really is. Meaning, have any of you ever had a problem with reactions in a hotel or rental property? Do you stay outside your home frequently? If so, what special precautions would I need to take?

Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!


Posted on: Wed, 03/05/2003 - 9:39am
Chicago's picture
Joined: 04/21/2001 - 09:00

We have stayed in hotels (US and abroad) frequently since 8 yr. old dd was diagnosed. Often we tend to get hotels that have a kitchette thing as it makes it easier to prepare safe things and since it avoid us paying tons of $$ for breakfast that no one eats (personal pet peeve - sorry).
In the hotels/resorts I have been in things are spotless when you arrive. If they were not, I'd compalin and ask to be moved.
In a rental, they probably have a cleaning service, which might or might not be OK. Normally, their is a rental agent the coordintates the rental and cleaning of the property. You might want to speak to them.
Have a safe vacation!

Posted on: Wed, 03/05/2003 - 11:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Hi there. In my case it's me that's allergic to peanuts, and I was terrified to travel for the first 2 or 3 years. Finally broke down cuz I missed my dad.
We rent the same cottage each year. It is owned by a retired couple and the woman goes and cleans them herself between vacationers. It is always spotless. Due to my allergies she usually holds off putting in new pots/pans/bbq grill until the week we come, because she knows I scrub all that stuff my first day and so she tries to save me some trouble. What a sweet lady. [img][/img]
We actually don't consider our vacation *started* until about 24 hours after we arrive because the first day isn't just unpacking, it's also double cleaning. We separate the dishes (I wash them even though they are clean) and keep the pile of *yes* and *no* dishes.
It sounds like a lot of work, but actually, much like reading labels, it's just something you get used to. Don't even think about it anymore, just do it.
Good luck, and have a great vacation.

Posted on: Thu, 03/06/2003 - 1:07am
Christine's picture
Joined: 02/03/1999 - 09:00

The "cough and vomit" routine may NOT be an inhalant reaction to an allergen. My son is egg and peanut allergic and we would get this type of thing a LOT when he was between 2-4 years of age. What we have figured out was that this type of behavior was a precursor to asthma, which was later diagnosed when he was about 6 years old. The airways are narrowing and producing mucous, causing the cough, ball of mucous, and subsequent vomiting. He would get this whenever we were in an environment we weren't used to and, unfortunately, it happened ALL THE TIME when we went to the beach, stayed in hotels, or vacationed anywhere. The mold/mildew and dust mites are incredible at these places (especially the beach). Well, I'm rambling. My point is that this may very well happen with your son but may not be too food items at all, but other things. And this could be the early signs of asthma.

Posted on: Thu, 03/06/2003 - 3:17am
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

Christine, interesting because my son's first asthma attack was in a hotel room. He just coughed and coughed all night and it didn't stop till we were on the road again. I didn't realize it was asthma till much later after it happened a few more times. I thought it was an allergic reaction so I gave Benedryl, but that didn't help.
My son was very young when that happened and was down on the floor playing a lot. I think the carpets in hotel rooms are dirty even when they look clean. Also, the bedspreads are not cleaned after each guest. The sheets are, but not the spreads. So now we make the kids stay off the floor and we remove the bedspreads and don't use them. Since we started doing that we haven't had any more problems in hotel rooms.

Posted on: Fri, 03/07/2003 - 12:04am
Christine's picture
Joined: 02/03/1999 - 09:00

Some good friends of mine discovered their son had asthma when he went on his very first beach vacation when he was 2. They stayed in a brand new condo (had only been open for about 6 months). He had such a bad attack that they had to cut their trip short and he ended up in the hospital.

Posted on: Fri, 03/07/2003 - 2:01pm
cathlina's picture
Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

Many hotels/motels spray air freshner in the rooms...of course, it drifts onto the bedspreads, carpet etc.
The air freshner could cause asthma attacks if you are sensitive to fragrances....
I always...always call ahead and ask them not to spray air freshner in my room when they clean it. Every place I have ever asked to do this...always complies.
Another issue is to ask for a room that is non-smoking that is not rented to pet owners.
[This message has been edited by cathlina (edited March 08, 2003).]

Posted on: Fri, 03/07/2003 - 10:56pm
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

I am toying with the idea of getting an RV for when we have to sell the place in Florida. At least with an RV, I would not be worried ... On the other hand, I have *no* idea what costs are involved...

Posted on: Fri, 03/07/2003 - 11:44pm
river's picture
Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

We have been considering the RV route. Here's a website I've been checking out and they've been advertising on TV lately.

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