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 Post subject: Hospital stay for child
PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:27 am 

Joined: Sun Feb 25, 2007 8:11 pm
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my dd (ana. allergy to peanuts, tree nuts, legumes, paprika, dairy and several medications) needs to have surgery and it is scheduled for next week. As it gets closer I am beginning to panic about how to manage her allergies in the hospital setting. I have spoken to the hospital and they informed me they do not have a nut-free kitchen, and the person I was speaking to joked, "what better place to be if you are going to have an allergic reaction to something!"
I will be taking daughter's food for her (when she is up tp eating) but what if others in her room have food containing her allergens? Should I keep her from the 'playroom'? Has anyone else been in this situation?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:35 am 

Joined: Sat May 20, 2006 1:40 pm
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Location: Toronto area
My son was hospitalized for about a week due to pneumonia two years ago. He is allergic to nuts, peanuts, peaches, dairy and eggs. You cannot rely on the hospital food - they brought him milk and scrambled eggs for breakfast one day.

We managed quite well - either my husband or myself slept over and he was never alone during the day (grandparents, aunts). We brought our own food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in labelled containers, and placed them in the fridge on his floor. To be double safe with contamination we placed the containers in labelled plastic bags. We warmed up his food in the microwave on paper plates (that we brought from home).

My son did play in the playroom (when he was feeling better) and we just washed his hands quite a bit.

If you could afford to pay the extra $ place your daughter in a private room - it gives you more peace of mind.

boys' mom

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:03 pm 
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Location: Ottawa
I spoke to the a food service staff at CHEO (Childrens' Hospital for Eastern Ontario) some years back and was very impressed by her knowledge of food allergies and cross contamination. She assuredme that the standard technique was to use a utensil once and not double dip. If she were to put some spread on a piece of bread she would use a clean knife, dip it into the jar, spead it on the bread and toss the knife.

When my daughter had a reaction to her lunch and was taken to the hospital I spoke to the nurse on duty. I asked her what could be done as my child had eaten a small breakfast earlier that day and we planned on staying at the hospital until well past suppertime.

She called down to the cafeteria and went off to get the tray. I was at my wits end because I didn't want to leave my 6 year old alone but I hadn't spoken directly to the staff. One of the Child Life Services staff came over and spoke to me about my concerns, very kind and very understanding. He was offering to go and have the cafeteria call me when the nurse came back with a tray.

The tray was disposable pressed cardboard, it contained an apple juice (packaged), some sliced turkey breast, plain steamed rice, plain corn and a small canned fruit cup. it can with disposable cutlery. It wasn't the most interesting meal but by then, interesting was the last thing I wanted.

On the other hand, we once drove our daughter to the nearest hopsital during a reaction and my husband had to go and get something from the 24 hour grocery store nearby. (Do you know how many can openers we have? One for everytime we get stuck without a meal and have to go buy some canned protein. :roll: )

Food can be brought in and if you feel that you can't trust the food at the hospital, by all means, bring in something safe. But, if your spouse is there and you find yourself wandering down to the cafeteria for a coffee or tea, speak to the staff there. You might find thatthey can accomidate your needs, you might find one or two items that you could purchase in a pinch or you just might be the one to get the ball rolling to bring about change. Speak to the administration and see if they too have a Child Life Services program. If it is a childrens hospital, statistically there is a good chance that they will have to deal with patients with food allergies.

Child life programs at CHEO strive to promote optimum development of children and youth, maintain normal living patterns, and help patients and families adjust to and understand their health care experience. Child life specialists prepare and support children and youth during medical tests and procedures through health care play, teaching and coping skill development.

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:56 am 

Joined: Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:29 pm
Posts: 192
Location: Ohio
I pack a meal for my self every time I go out near a meal time or have not eaten or i am going to be out for a long time.

I was thinking that I would put a crock pot in my hosp room if i had to be hosp again.

Karen in Ohio mom of 7
Allergic to tons and tons of food as well as perfumes, scented air sprays and cleaners. Hubby to Fish, ds #2 Shellfish, youngest to Eggplant, potato, Caesin, Raw Tomato & spinach.

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