Halloween is a fun and exciting holiday for most, but it can potentially be dangerous for those with food allergies. At AllerVie Health, we understand the unique challenges and stressors parents of children with food allergies face during Halloween.
There are a variety of ways you can show compassion and respect to those with allergies by taking necessary precautions to keep your loved ones safe. Here are some tips to keep your family safe during Halloween and make it an enjoyable experience for everyone!
Always carry an epinephrine auto-injector with you while taking your child out for trick or treating. In the event of an allergic reaction, the epinephrine auto-injector can be a lifesaver and provide immediate relief until medical help arrives.
Inform your family, friends, and neighbors about your child’s allergies ahead of time. This way, they can avoid giving your child foods that may trigger an allergic reaction.
As an alternative to traditional candy, consider providing non-food items like stickers, pencils, or small toys. These small treats can be just as fun for children and avoid any potential allergies.
Teal Pumpkin Project
Check out the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Organization’s Teal Pumpkin Project map to find houses in your neighborhood that offer non-food treats. Homes with a teal pumpkin on their porch signify that they have non-food treats to offer.
Always check product labels to ensure the products used are free of any allergens. Avoid homemade treats or products with incomplete ingredient lists. You can also ensure your child wears a medical alert bracelet or necklace indicating their allergy.
Halloween Food Allergy Safety with Dr. Sikora
In an interview with Pharmacy Times, AllerVie Health’s board-certified allergist, Maxcie Sikora, MD, discussed some risks associated with Halloween for children with food allergies. She also discussed precautions that parents can take as well as alternatives to candy.View the Article
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