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Hi, we live in Michigan and while my children do not have peanut allergies, my young relative who lives close to us does. I am trying to learn more and become more aware so that we can spend more time together. The mother pretty much has a policy to not go out. No baseball games, no circus, no petting zoos. It is so frustrating because I like to take the kids places. It is very hard to find safe activities and places to go and I was hoping you might be able to give me a website that lists good places to take children with peanut allergies. For example, I would really like to go to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch would you recommend one that takes precautions for those with peanut allergies.
Here is my response:
I am so glad that you reached out to me. When I see people like you who want to learn more, it makes me feel very good about what I am trying to do. I am also new to this, but as I learn more, I love being able to pass on any knowledge about this terrible allergy. Family members can be very challenging, so I think your relative and mother would really appreciate you trying to learn more. I highly recommend you following us on Facebook if you have an account. I post a lot of helpful articles for families with food allergies and some of my followers don't even have a child with a food allergy. Pass the info onto your relative. Here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/No-Nuts-Moms-Group/132481263500123
The cider mill thing can be a challenge, but only if you let it. I am going to post a review that I did recently for Metro Detroit Mommy. I recently attended a fieldtrip with my son's preschool and it was at a cider mill. I think it is fine if you go to a cider mill, but I would highly recommend staying away from any donuts, baked goods or chocolates. Cross contamination can be a big problem. People don't realize how many things can contain traces of peanuts and nuts. I have learned that you have to find a good balance with this allergy. You can't live inside a cave, but you also have to protect your child no matter what. I personally wouldn't feel comfortable taking my child to a circus, but my views may change later. The mother has to do what she feels comfortable with. If a child has airborne allergies and there are a lot of nuts or peanuts around then closed in areas are not good. But a cider mill should be fine. Most of the nut stands are outside and that shouldn't bother your young relative. Just don't eat anything. Take a special treat along and no one will miss out on anything.
Please let me know if you have any other questions. I am including two reviews from Metro Detroit Mommy that may be helpful to you and your relative's mother.
Again, thanks for reaching out.