Worried about Birthday Party on Saturday

Posted on: Sun, 09/21/2003 - 9:30pm
KATHYANN's picture
Joined: 09/29/2001 - 09:00

Sorry to post twice but really need some help. There will be a huge slip and slide water toy at this party that is rented and I was wondering if this is safe for pa to play on. With all the kids that have been on it and alot of kids will be at this one, if someone ate something and then touched this do I have to worry about the water going into his mouth or nose . I know I am probably overreacting but every year at this particular childs party I get nervous since they invite sooo many kids.. thanks for your help. Kathy Ann

Posted on: Sun, 09/21/2003 - 9:52pm
ACBaay's picture
Joined: 03/19/2002 - 09:00

Hi Kathyann,
I would not feel too comfortable about this, either. Those rented things go to so many places and events. Can you find out if it is cleaned between events? (although, I doubt if it is) Is it a birthday that your child really wants to attend (since it sounds like don't feel it is the safest situation, with so many people), or can you just avoid it, having a previous obligation?
Good luck,

Posted on: Sun, 09/21/2003 - 10:09pm
maggie0303's picture
Joined: 04/14/2003 - 09:00

I personally would not worry about the slip & slide, my dd has been on several at other peoples houses and on many rental moon walks, etc. without problem. I would talk to the people having the party and see what they are serving etc.
Has your son had severe reaction in the past? Are you going to be at the party? How well do you know the parents?
I know I might have a looser "comfort zone" than some others here on the board, but if you bring his meds, talk with the parents or even stay at the party he would probably have a great time and in my personal opinion I think the risk on the slip & slide would be low. I also feel a strong need to let kids participate in as many activities that you can feel comfortable with so they do not feel "different".
Best of luck in whatever you decide.

Posted on: Sun, 09/21/2003 - 10:42pm
DebO's picture
Joined: 03/15/1999 - 09:00

I would let both of my allergic children participate on the slip and slide. Although I can see the point of other people having been on it, it does have water pouring over it all the time so I personally think it would be a low risk.
My personal attitude is to do my best to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction for my children while still participating in as many events as possible - my son was just at a BD party this weekend. He couldn't eat the cake but he still had a great time with his friends.
Make sure you are prepared with meds in case something happens, and stay at the party if you are concerned. It takes a while, but you will eventually develop a sense of what risks you are willing to take to balance safety with your child's happiness.
Good luck!

Posted on: Mon, 09/22/2003 - 12:08am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

My feelings are the same as Maggie and Deb. I can't remember, KathyAnn, if your son has had a history of severe contact reactions. If so, I can understand why you would be more concerned than I.
My daughter (age 8 3/4 - pa and tna) fully participates in all the same kinds of activities that kids without food allergies do. We monitor what she eats and her epi-pen is always with her. She has [b]never[/b] had a reaction at a birthday party, school, or any other similar event. (Only at home when we were still figuring stuff out, and at a neighbor's house while I was right there!!!)
Good luck! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Mon, 09/22/2003 - 12:11am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

Just had another thought: if food that your son is allergic to will be served at the party, then I do think there could be a big problem. For example: if kids go on the slip and slide right after eating peanut butter there could be residue all over that thing. If the food at the party is safe then I would not worry (too much [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ).
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Mon, 09/22/2003 - 5:18am
KATHYANN's picture
Joined: 09/29/2001 - 09:00

thank you so much for all your replys. James has had thank God 1 reaction which was his first, and it was with him just touching a small amount of peanut butter from a spoon at home. I know he really wants to go so I think I will call tonite to see if it could be cleaned real well beforehand and definetly stay the entire time.. I think it would be a good idea more for me to see that he can be safe and have some freedom too .. thanks again Kathy Ann

Posted on: Mon, 09/22/2003 - 6:15am
KATHYANN's picture
Joined: 09/29/2001 - 09:00

Sorry but had one concern do I have to worry about the residue from the other kids sunscreen that may contains in them.. Just thinking aloud, James had a skin reaction from sunscreen before we knew he had pa.. thanks Kathy Ann

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