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Posted on: Tue, 07/22/2003 - 1:37am
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Ok. DH wants to teach DD to swim. Called our local YMCA and they said that they would not guarantee her safety, that there were peanut products sold on the premises and that they had had children who had reactions but they could not stop people from eating peanuts, because people were also allergic to milk, egg, soy, etc. , and people had the right to eat what they wanted. They have peanut products in the nursery and cannot administer epi-pens (that actually doesn't apply to DD but is just interesting.)

Anyway, we also have a YWCA that has a pool and they have peanut products in the vending machines outside the dressing rooms. You have to get to the pool through the dressing rooms, and keep your stuff there. I have visions of little peanut residue hands,,,

DD has never reacted when in the proximity of peanuts, only when they have been ingested. She has not had blood testing but her skin test results were 4+. She also has asthma. I, for one, don't want her anywhere near peanuts, may contains, etc. Dh, on the other hand, really wants her to learn to swim (but he does not want to put her at risk, though he is more comfortable with proximity). I can't think of any other option in our community for a year-round pool. How have others dealt with this issue?

THANKS!
paula

Posted on: Tue, 07/22/2003 - 2:28am
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Hi Paula.
I'm with your husband on this one. I don't see this as a risky situation. He's going to be with her and I don't think there will be peanut residue in the pool area. I'm sure they don't allow eating by the pool. Practically anywhere you go near children, there will be some peanut products in the vicinity, but you don't want your child to miss out on normal activities like swimming.
If you're going to be spending more time at this Y, I think it would be worthwhile, if you have the energy and personality for it, to increase their awareness of PA. I know many YMCAs don't allow peanut products in the child care area or the nursery school programs. They are playing with fire, serving large numbers of toddlers in their programs and allowing peanut products. Eventually, some undiagnosed toddler will have her first terrible reaction at the Y. That's when they'll finally smarten up.

Posted on: Tue, 07/22/2003 - 3:09am
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Hi - I know this isn't what you were asking about, but I thought it was appropriate since you mentioned your dd had asthma.
Personally I'm getting my guys' swimming lessons in an outdoor pool. I realize there are probably risks there too, but they enjoy the sunshine so why not?
Hope this doesn't bum you out - just trying to pass along some info a friend of mine passed on to me a couple of months ago.
Sherlyn
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Swimming in Indoor Pools Linked to Asthma Risk
Laurie Barclay, MD
May 29, 2003

Posted on: Tue, 07/22/2003 - 4:50am
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Interesting article Spudberry - thanks for posting it. Hmmmm... what to do.. what to do?
Cayley takes swimming lessons at our local YMCA and has never had any of the problems that you mention. The instructors took her aside when they first met her and asked about her MedicAlert bracelet, then they asked me about the EpiPen and asked how miniscule an amount of peanut might cause a reaction. They were concerned and proactive in trying to find ways to keep Cayley safe. Obviously, the YMCA is staffed with vastly differing personalities, depending on where you live - how sad!
She never had any problem and the only time PA even came up was after the swim in the changeroom when one mother was chosen to bring snacks to share each week.
If it was me - personally - I would take my DD to your YMCA and just watch her like a hawk. I always sat poolside and watched the lesson anyway, so she wasn't out of my sight for a moment.
Good luck,
Carolyn [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
P.S. Cayley is 6 years old.

Posted on: Tue, 07/22/2003 - 4:55am
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Thanks for all the responses.
I wish we had an outdoor pool for her to use! Yuck!
Thanks!
paula

Posted on: Tue, 07/22/2003 - 6:51am
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Hi Paula, I'm not sure what to say about the swimming lessons. I've always been concerned about those horrible vending machines myself. As long as they do not allow eating in the pool area, you'd probably be ok. If people eat in or by the pool, I'd be concerned. Also most people eat after they swim and not before.
If their nursery is a licensed daycare, by American law they must be trained and prepared to administer an epi-pen if medically required. I also believe, but I'm not sure, that the American Pediatric Society recommends that peanut products not be served in preschools. (It could possibly be a different medical association.)This is not a law however, only a recommendation.

Posted on: Tue, 07/22/2003 - 9:02am
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Some people give private lessons in their own pool. Have you explored this?

Posted on: Tue, 07/22/2003 - 11:54am
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My local YMCA is totally nut/peanuts free. There are signs all over the place reminding people...

Posted on: Fri, 07/25/2003 - 12:23am
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Our Y does not allow food in the workout, pool, or child care areas. This is a cleanliness issue as well as a health issue. My son has been taking indoor swimming lessons for years without allergy or asthma (related to the swimming that we can detect) problems, but his ear doctor swears winter swimming causes ear infections.
[This message has been edited by nancy023 (edited July 25, 2003).]

Posted on: Mon, 10/06/2003 - 12:30am
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I talked to my ped. about the asthma/indoor swimming pool link. He said since my ds is not showing any symptoms of asthma, I should be more worried about keeping my son active to combat childhood obesity. I have to admit, when I see the older, more advanced kids at swimming lessons (the ones that learn racing and the butterfly and breast stroke, etc.) that obviously spend a lot of time swimming, not one of them is obese.

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