My son is allergic to dairy and egg (we carry an adrenaline pen and piriton)...it's terrifying. Even touching where a child has chewed on the playpen in the changing rooms at swimming was enough to make his face swell sometimes and his body come out in a rash. I've just given up childminding because even if a child dribbles on the carpet and I haven't noticed to clean it and he sits on it he comes up in a rash! Thankfully he is really good with it now (he turned 4 on Sunday) but it is still scary. I've noticed how most soft plays near us have signs up saying no food and drink but it's often ignored.
Myself and my son have had to leave our local play centre this morning, both of us in tears.
Whilst you’re sat having your coffee and a chat with your friends your children were running around with buttered toast, biscuits and cake on the soft play. We hadn’t been in the building two minutes before my son ran over to another child eating biscuits on the soft play picked one of his crumbs up and ate it. I had to quickly put my finger in his mouth and scoop it out. What did the mother of this child do? She gave ME a dirty look! And yes, a crumb is enough to make my son scream in pain and be poorly for days.
He then went on to pick up two more food items left around the play area. Even with me following behind him constantly he still found it first. But why should I have to constantly follow my son around rather than just leaving him to play like you have? It would be nice to sit and watch him play with other children rather that separate him from them.
Also, what about the food I can’t see. You’re child may have eaten all his butter toast in the ball pit without dropping a crumb but he’s picked up 10 balls since touching it with his buttery fingers. Yes, my son can still react from putting that buttery ball in his mouth. He’s one, that’s what one year olds do.
One of you left your daughters sippy cup on the floor of the soft play so she could get a drink whilst she played. Guess what he got his mouth around that too, how does he know it isn’t his cup? ‘I’m sorry, my daughter is full of a cold’ the mother said when I gave her the cup. Little did she know him catching a cold is the least of my worries. I actually dread to imagine if that cup had milk in it not just juice (Which by the way, can still contain allergens), it probably would have resulted in a trip to the hospital.
After 45 minutes I couldn’t take it anymore, I could feel myself about to cry so I quickly grabbed our things and left.
Harvey screamed as I took him away, he didn’t want to leave. I spoke to the manager of the soft play and she was extremely apologetic, offered us a free session (which I refused) and went to clean the play area and speak to the mums
Once I got him into the car I burst into the tears. Why should my little boy be singled out because he’s got allergies? Is this what he’s going to be like for the rest of his childhood? When people ask me is he going to nursery - not yet, I can’t cope with the idea of this happening every day.
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