Food Allergies and Trick-or-Treating
About this time next week many of you will be making those final tweaks to your costumes, filling your candy bowls and making sure you have plenty of batteries for your flashlight. That’s right…another Halloween night is upon us! While Halloween is all about fun and candy, there are still many important things you need to consider before heading out into the night, especially if your child has a food allergy.
We all know the basic Halloween safety tips but have you ever thought about the extra precautions the parent of a child with a food allergy must consider?
Here is a short list of tips from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) that is sure to help parents protect their children with food allergies during Halloween:
- Be sure your child carries emergency medication, such as an epinephrine auto-injector.
- Before Halloween, distribute safe snacks to neighbors and request that they be handed out to your child.
- Accompany younger children as they trick-or-treat, or be sure they are supervised by a responsible adult who knows how to handle an emergency allergic reaction.
- Remember that small candy bars passed out to trick-or-treaters may have different ingredients than their regular-size counterparts. Even if a certain candy is safe for your child, the ‘fun size’ version might not be.
You can even download a full version of these tips from the AAAAI site by clicking here: http://is.gd/4xRfX
At American Medical ID we know the importance of identifying those with a food allergy so we would also recommend that your child wear a medical ID bracelet or necklace, engraved with the foods your child should avoid, while trick-or-treating. To view some of our products, CLICK HERE.
For even more information about trick-or-treating and keeping your child safe during Halloween, here are a couple of sites we found helpful:
- CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/
- FAAN: http://www.foodallergy.org/media/press_releases/halloween09.html
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