Would you take your PA child to a baseball game?


Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum, but very happy to have found it. My 7 year old PA son enjoys going to baseball games with us, and the past two summers we bought a share of season tickets. The problem: we were surrounded by fans eating and shelling peanuts. The last game, there was a pile under his seat from the person behind him and people on both sides of us munching away. After a while, his eyes started itching and swelling. I gave him some Benedryl and left the ballpark. He was fine after that, but now I am unwilling to take him back. Has anyone else had to deal with this? Thanks in advance for your imput!

On Nov 7, 2001

I have never taken my PA son to a baseball game for this very reason. There are few places that I avoid because of the PA, but the ballpark is one of them. Right now, my son is only 18 months old, but we have a local minor league team and used to go often to see games before my son was born. This summer we went but left my son with his grandmother. I know that he will want to go when he gets older so I contacted the someone at the ballpark and asked if there were special seats for people with PA or would they consider having special seating. The best they could do was offer club seats where there isn't as much traffic. Some people on this site said that they got a roving pass which allows them to change seats if they need to. Unfortunately I'm still afraid to take him until he is much older. Since your son is 7 you might just ask him if he is comfortable. He is old enough to tell you if he is getting sick and needs to go. Hope this helps. Ginger

On Nov 8, 2001

I would not take him to a baseball game and my son is 18 and very responsible. There are too many peanuts around and for that matter too many people who are inconsiderate, don't care, or don't understand. I would not risk it!

On Nov 8, 2001

My PA son is also 7 years old and a huge baseball fan. He is also touch sensitive to peanuts and asthmatic. We do go to baseball games, and yes, peanuts are everywhere. Our solution is to give him Benedryl before attending the game. He also puts 1 drop of Patanol (a prescription given by his well respected allergist just for this reason) in each eye. When we get home, his clothes and shoes are washed and he showers immediately. He loves the games and is happy he can attend.

On Nov 8, 2001

My 13 year old PA son has been a huge Seattle Mariner fan since he was four. We learned early on that he couldn't wear shorts or sandals to the game. Our ballpark does not offer roving passes but I think if necessary we could purchase the seats for fans with disabilities (they are usually the last row so no one is behind you) - we've never done that but it's an option. What has worked for us is to bring lots of plastic bags and nicely explain to the folks around us about the seriousness of the allergy and ask if they will discard their peanut shells in the plastic bags so they won't scatter. We also try to get seats with a bulkhead behind us or on an aisle so that we are not completely surrounded. Of course we always have Benadryl and Epi-pens on hand but so far have only needed the Benadryl.

On Nov 8, 2001

We too have a minor league team in our area. WE have taken him since he was 2 and he just turned 6. We try not to hit the real big games.

When we go, we pack our epi pak. We also attend ahl hockey games in our area. (Go Penguins). There are nuts in both areas.

At the baseball games we choose to sit in the bleacher seats. This way our children have a little bit more freedom to catch foul balls and also because the bleacher seats are not as crowded and they are still good seats.

best wishes, renee [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Nov 11, 2001

We take our son to games all the time. If there are peanuts around us, we move. We simply tell the usher we have to move due to the peanuts and we have never had a problem. Actually we usually end up with better seats. I know that this isn't a popular view point here, but I seldom, if ever ask anyone (other than family) to refrain from eating peanuts.

On Nov 11, 2001

We have tried to take our son to sporting events that involve peanuts. The last time we got free, prime seat tickets. We drove 2 1/2 hours to get there and he started reacting within minutes of going inside. We tried to switch seats three different times but it didn't help. There was just so much peanut dust in the air that it didn't matter where we sat. In our case it is not worth it. If there was a closed in booth, maybe- but right now without some way to keep him away from it,no sporting event is worth the risk. Even if it would be only a minor reaction, it can't be that great to watch a game with itchy, watery eyes. Apparently some people have been able to go successfully and that would be great, but in our case,until there are some accomodations made at the stadium for PA, we will try to do other things that are special and try not to dwell on what he can't do.

On Nov 14, 2001

Just wondering- I haven't heard anyone mention college baseball. Does anyone have any experience (good/bad/otherwise) with this particular "venue"? My whole family is rabid about baseball and our daughter is already interested enough to watch avidly on TV and when dh plays softball. We'd love to take her but know that even the minor league games would be off-limits given how sensitive she is.

Just wondering because I had assumed/recalled that pn are not common snacks at NCAA events, but when DH went to recent WSU/U of O game in Pullman, he said he was glad we didn't take dd because of all the peanuts! (at a football game?? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img] but anyway!)

On Nov 17, 2001

I am new to this board and I am shocked by this post. I have had the same problem with my son. When we go to sports events we usually have at least four tickets. We put him in the middle of the adults and let people around us know about his allergy. I have seen many people throwing the shells at their and my feet and asked them kindly not to do that. With the numerous posts to this I wonder if it would be possible to get them to stop carrying peanuts at games. The problem is more and more kids are born every year with this allergy. I know my sons middle school decided on their own to take peanut butter and jelly off the menu. They not I felt it would be safer for my son. What a refreshing change to see someone care about such a strange allergy.

On Nov 20, 2001

Weve taken Tom to several baseball games as well as a Northwestern football game and to the zoo. He has'nt seemed to be that sensitive to peanut fumes, but were not takeing that for granted, believe me. Others may think this is sort of reckless, but we are always very careful!

I want Tom to have as normal a life as possible. This is a balancing act that all PA parents must grapple with every day.

What may be uncomfortable for one set of parents, may be managable to another.

For example, when Tom was 2 1/2, I signed him up for a nature class with the local park district. When I found out that most of the crafts involved using peanutbutter, nuts or seeds I decided to take him out.

Everyone has their own comfort level.

Sincerely, TLSMOM

On Jan 27, 2004

Anyone have any luck on getting non-nut areas at sporting events in the last couple of years?

------------------ Cher ~ Dougie 12/14/01

On Jan 28, 2004

We have not braved any basball games yet. In Massachusetts, I hear a Lowell Spinners Game is a really great take in for kids. I would love to hear from anyone who perhaps has been to a Lowell Spinners game.

On Jan 28, 2004

Yes, we have taken our son to baseball games (as well as many other things). We follow almost the exact same procedures that Tlsmom posted about. We did avoid baseball games when he was little (ie, 2-5 years old) because it wasn't something he wanted to do, and there is the risk of peanuts. But once he got to be about 6 years old, he started collecting bball cards and really got interested in it, so we have taken him.


On Jan 28, 2004

If anyone lives in CT, check out the Hardware City Rock Cats. They are a minor league team and have hosted peanut-free nights. They have done this for at least the previous two seasons. There is information about it on their Web site. I think that minor league teams are generally more family-friendly and therefore might be more open to banning peanuts for at least one game.

On Jan 28, 2004

We get to as many games as we can afford to (not nearly enough at those prices!) as soon as spring comes. We wipe down seats, place DS in the middle of a group and are very vigilant about what people are eating. We've never had a problem. The one time someone near us was eating peanuts he threw them out immediately upon overhearing our conversation. It turned out his nephew is PA too.


On Jan 29, 2004

We don't get to Big League games, but the West Michigan White Caps is in our town. Last year their was a child who has a severe PA, and the owners of the WMWC declared a peanut free day. It was a great success. They didn't realize that so many West Michigan People were allergic and could never go to a baseball game. The game this year is on June 2!!

On Jan 29, 2004

My son has been a member of the Baltimore Orioles Dugout Club for 3 years now. He attends many games each year

On Feb 3, 2004

I sent the Lowell Spinners an e-mail and here's the answer they gave me: Heather, Sorry, but I don't think we will be of any assistance in your search for a safe peanut free environment. We do not have a peanut free section and we do not have a peanut free game.

On Feb 3, 2004


On Feb 5, 2004

What about other sporting events? We live near Univ. of Idaho (go Vandals!) and go to as many sporting events as we can. I'm always nervous though about our 7 yr. old (pn, tn, shellfish, peas allergic) putting her hands on the seats. Literally everytime there are people around us eating candy that I know contains peanuts. The other day a little girl sitting by us had a baggie full of trail mix chock full of peanuts! I guess I'm just curious if some of you only avoid baseball games or sporting events altogether. ctyankee