What do you do when your PA child wants to run up and hug everyone!

Posted on: Sun, 10/24/2004 - 8:58pm
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PA child loves to hug others.

Some one sugg to me, to not let PA child hug their child "because the child ate PBJ!!!!

What do I do??

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Posted on: Mon, 10/25/2004 - 1:34am
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I do worry about this and do tell the kids not to touch everything esp. other kids toys. I hate to scare them but they most learn and I think a reaction is a much worse scenario for them to deal with (and us too) then learning early that they must be careful when touching others. My kids love to hand hold and give hugs and I do let them if I know the mom has not given them offending foods. I will tell the kids to wait and let me ask the mom or I will have the children wash their hands. It is a hard thing but I have seen peanut butter smeared on kids clothes and hands too many times for me to say it is not a worry. We had 1 little boy come to soccer practice with peanuts on his shirt and hands 2 times and we had 2 kids on the team with a peanut allergy. You just have to teach them.

Posted on: Mon, 10/25/2004 - 2:59am
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Quote:Originally posted by crazydaisy:
[b]PA child loves to hug others.
Some one sugg to me, to not let PA child hug their child "because the child ate PBJ!!!!
What do I do??
[/b]
I have to say, that this is one thing that I've never thought or worried about.
I don't have any problems with letting my PA son touch other kids toys or go places where residue may be a problem (i.e. parks, borrow books form the library etc.).
That being said, my son does not have contact reactions to PB, and is not really a "huggy" person (crazydaisy, I'm not sure if your child has contact reactions or not? - if my DS was contact reactive, my opinion might change).
I try to keep things as normal, and spontaneous for him as possible. But... if someone "warned" my son off hugging their child because they had been eating PB I don't know what I would do. Probably just ask my child to hold off on hugs until the other child had a chance to wash up.
Not looking forward to when he's older and actually wants to kiss girls...

Posted on: Mon, 10/25/2004 - 6:05am
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I have handled it the same way as happycat: I have not worried about it. However, if someone specifically warned me about a pb situation I would intercept the hug.
My dd is 9 (almost 10 [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] ) and and we never had any problems with it. She has never had a contact reaction before, however, so my advice is not good for someone whose child reacts more severely.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

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