With Halloween just over a week away, it’s important for parents of children with peanut and other tree-nut allergies to know which candies are safe for their children to eat. Here’s a list compiled by the Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board for 2013 which could be helpful in keeping your child safe. Remember to check the ingredient list every time as recipes and factory production practices change from time to time. As an added safety measure, always be sure your child is wearing a Medical ID. American Medical ID features an array of medical alert jewelry for children with styles to fit all personalities.
♦ DIVVIES (anything made by Divvies) – www.divvies.com
♦ Haribo Gummi Candies (anything made by Haribo)
♦ Surf Sweets Natural gummies & jelly beans – www.surfsweets.com
♦ Vermont Nut Free Chocolates
♦ Swedish Fish
♦ Altoids Mints, Original & Cinnamon (not Chocolate variety)
♦ Mike and Ikes
♦ Hershey (plain) chocolate bars, personal size only (not King size, not Minis)
♦ Hershey (plain) chocolate Kisses (not King Size, not Holiday/Seasonal Bags)
♦ Wonka’s Nerds & Nerds Rope
♦ Laffy Taffy
♦ Dubble Bubble gum
♦ Tootsie Pops & Tootsie Rolls (anything made by Tootsie)
♦ Junior Mints
♦ Lifesaver Gummies
♦ Sour Patch Kids – all varieties
♦ Sweet Tarts
♦ Dum Dum lollipops
♦ Bottle Caps
♦ Pop Rocks
♦ Now and Laters
♦ Hot Tamales
♦ Red Vines
♦ Jolly Rancher hard candy, lollipops and gummi candy
♦ York Peppermint Patties
♦ Starburst fruit chew, lollipops and jelly beans
♦ Kraft Marshmallows
♦ Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Chips, Trader Joe’s Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
♦ Sweet Alexis Cookies & Breads
♦ Haagen Dazs Ice Creams – which do not contain nuts as ingredient
♦ Dreyer’s Ice Creams – which do not contain nuts as ingredient
♦ Strauss Family Creamery Ice Creams
♦ Safeway ICEE frozen fruit pops
♦ Cake mixes and frostings from Pillsbury, but check labels: some contain nuts but are manufactured separately.
Please consult your physician if you have concerns about how these products may relate to you or your family member’s specific condition.
Halloween can be very frightening for children with food allergies and their parents. With a little planning, Halloween can be both fun and safe. Be sure your child is also wearing a medical ID. Here’s to a very Happy Halloween to all!
Halloween can seem like a minefield to families of children with severe nut allergies. An estimated 2.1 percent of children in the U.S. are allergic to peanuts or tree nuts (peanuts are a legume, unlike a tree nut). In some cases, children have severe anaphylactic reactions to the initial exposure and experience a second reaction several hours later—a terrifying ordeal for them and their parents.
With so many items – especially Halloween candy – made in facilities that process nuts, it can be problematic to take a child trick-or-treating. Not to mention the anxiety of trying to keep that child safe at school, at Halloween parties and anywhere else he might be.
“The biggest risks on Halloween are exposure and reaction,” says Jennifer Lucas, whose nine-year-old son is severely allergic to peanuts. “There’s a lot of unsafe candy; it’s dark; it’s a fun night, and it could be easy to get carried away and not thoroughly check for safety.”
For parents of children with allergies, the key to managing Halloween is to take precautionary measures. Lucas’ son usually wears a costume with gloves to protect him from a contact reaction during trick-or-treating.
“We have a strict no eating policy while we are out collecting,” says Lucas. “When he was younger, and there was less ‘safe’ candy available, we still went trick or treating, but when we came home, I had a fun “exchange” bag of safe candy that I bought from Canada or other places online. His entire bag went immediately into his dad’s work bag, and my husband got it out of the house the next morning. Now, we dump, sort, and toss anything I’m not 100% sure about.”
Lucas cautions that the smaller “fun size” candy isn’t always individually labeled, and some companies make all of Halloween-size products – with and without nuts – on the same line, just for the giant Halloween bags.
“This can be scary and confusing,” says Lucas. “For example, individual normal-size Hershey bars are safe, but they make their small ones on the same line as tree nuts. You just have to be hyper-vigilant on Halloween.”
As with most things, awareness and education are the keys to increasing safety, and when the community gets involved to help families, everyone benefits.
“It’s a huge night,” says Lucas. “It’s a pinnacle of childhood fun, and we don’t want to squash that in any way, but it’s a very difficult night for parents of a severely allergic child. We’re grateful for any awareness and compassion.”
Community members can help by offering nut-free candy that hasn’t been processed anywhere near nuts. Or, better yet, offer alternative treats, like small toys that kids can play with as they’re out trick-or-treating.
“I would recommend homes have a non-nut or non-chocolate option available or purchase bags that have clear labels on individual pieces, so there isn’t any second guessing for parents and older kids who can read labels,” says Lucas. “A non-food option could be anything, from temporary tattoos or pencils to stickers or glow sticks.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Katie Ginder-Vogel is a freelance writer and editor based in Madison, WI. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English from Stanford University. An avid runner, hiker, and swimmer, Katie writes regularly about health and wellness. She has two children and a dog, who keep her company on the trail, on the road, and in the pool.
This article is re-posted from www.kidswithfoodallergies.org. For the complete article, click here. Always be sure your child with food allergies wears a form of Medical ID. American Medical ID features an array of medical alert jewelry for children with styles to fit all personalities.
Halloween can be a tricky time for a growing number of children who have food allergies. Today, one in 12 children, or six to eight million kids, are affected by allergies to foods such as milk, peanuts and tree nuts, ingredients commonly found in candy. Often the most life-threatening, peanut allergy, for example, has doubled in the last five years.
“Children with food allergies can enjoy Halloween just as much as other kids but it takes planning and vigilance,” notes Lynda Mitchell, president of Kids With Food Allergies. “When my son was a toddler, he had a severe reaction on Halloween because I unknowingly allowed him to carry a treat that included ingredients he was allergic to, not realizing that he would try to bite right through the paper wrapper while we were walking. I learned firsthand the importance of preparing in advance – such as supplying neighbors with safe candy for my son – and closely watching him as he trick-or-treated.”
How you can make Halloween safer for allergic children:
Check out our new Kids & Teens line of medical ID bracelets and necklaces!
Click here to start browsing: Kids and Teens Medical IDs
Why are medical IDs critical?
Perhaps your doctor, nurse or pharmacist advised you to obtain a medical ID for your child. Why is it important?
NEWS from the UK, segment published on The Bucks Herald:
The Pulseboot works by replicating this pumping mechanism, allowing the foot to heal and preventing the need for amputation.
Pulseboot chief executive Les Lindsay said: “Each year over 6,000 people in the UK alone lose their limbs due to the complications caused by diabetes.
“Around the world, one amputation due to diabetes happens every 20 seconds.
“We’ve built this shoe to help stop this happening to those British diabetics and many thousands more around the world.”
The technology has been designed in Smeaton Close and developed around the country with the help of people from all over the world.
Other Readers Also Liked: Depression linked to time of first severe hypoglycemic episode
It has attracted significant interest from other countries, including America, and its creators think it will have an ‘astronomical’ impact on the treatment of diabetics.
Aylesbury MP David Lidington visited Pulseboot’s base last week to view the technology and to discuss how it can be made widely available.
Mr Lidington said: “Diabetes is growing problem for many countries around the world.
“I’m pleased to see that one of our companies in Aylesbury is going to help so many people avoid one of the more devastating effects of this disease.”
The design was first conceived around five years ago and clinical trials on the prototype will begin this month.
On average, 115 diabetes-related amputations take place every week in England and a recent NHS report put the annual costs of diabetic amputations at £120 million.
Modest weight loss in obese patients with type 2 diabetes can achieve various health improvements but does not lower the risk of heart attack or stroke, according to the new findings of a landmark US study.
The Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) clinical trial found that a long-term intensive lifestyle intervention program, focused on weight loss, leads to many long-term health benefits for obese diabetic patients, including better blood sugar control and improved physical quality of life.
But latest results from the multi-center study revealed the intervention did not reduce the risk of cardiovascular mortality and morbidity, which was the primary goal of the study.
For the study, more than 5,000 overweight or obese US adults aged 45-76 and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to one of two programs; lifestyle intervention involving physical activity and weight loss, or diabetes support and education, involving three annual counselling sessions on nutrition, exercise and social support.
Other Readers Liked: Real Medical ID Life Story
After a median follow-up of 9.6 years, researchers found that participants in the intensive lifestyle intervention group lost 8.6% of their initial body weight after one year, versus 0.7% among the support and education (control) group, and also maintained a greater loss (6% of initial body weight versus 3.5% cent for the control group) at the end of the study.
Despite this, the risk of heart attack, stroke, or heart-related death was the same for both groups, suggesting that weight loss may not be enough to protect heart health in people with type 2 diabetes.
Other Readers Liked: Hormone offers hope for diabetes treatment
However, intensive lifestyle intervention did result in a number of important health benefits such as reduced risks of kidney disease, depression and eye disease, improved glycemic control, reduced use of medications and hospitalizations, and greater initial improvements in fitness and all heart disease risk factors except LDL cholesterol.
The findings were presented this week at the American Diabetes Association’s annual scientific meeting in Chicago and published online June 24 in the New England Journal of Medicine .
American Medical ID is a proud partner of the American Diabetes Association.
By Chris Iliades, MD. Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH. Posted to EverydayHealth.com. Re-posted to this blog for the educational purpose of informing many who have been recently diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation and whose doctors have requested that they now wear a medical ID bracelet.
This type of irregular heartbeat affects millions of Americans. Understanding the causes and symptoms of atrial fibrillation can help you manage the condition and prevent additional complications.
Atrial fibrillation is a condition that affects millions of Americans. This type of irregular heart rhythm, also known as an arrhythmia, is the most common serious irregular heartbeat, especially in people over 60.
Your heart’s rhythm is normally controlled by a structure in the upper part of your heart called the sinoatrial node. This node sends an electrical signal to the rest of your heart that keeps your heart beating at about 60 to 100 beats a minute. This is known as your normal sinus rhythm.
In atrial fibrillation, the sinoatrial node does not direct the heartbeat. Rather, it causes heartbeats to start from many locations in upper chambers of the heart, or the atria. “These irregular heartbeats all over the atria cause the upper part of the heart to quiver like a bag of worms,” says Danya L. Dinwoodey, MD, a cardiologist at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass.
The term atrial fibrillation refers to the quivering, or fibrillation, of the upper parts of the heart. It can cause your heart to beat very quickly and inefficiently, which can be dangerous.
Other Readers liked: What are Heart Attack Symptoms in Women?
Causes of Atrial Fibrillation
The cause of atrial fibrillation can vary from person to person, and sometimes it’s difficult to determine. In many cases, there is a combination of causes. “The most common causes are high blood pressure or an abnormal heart valve,” explains Dr. Dinwoodey.
Other causes of atrial fibrillation include:
Risk Factors for Atrial Fibrillation
The biggest risk factor for atrial fibrillation is age. The condition occurs more often in people over 60, and the risk for developing it increases as you get older.
Other common risk factors include:
Other Readers liked: Best Father’s Day Gift is Peace of Mind: Give the Gift of a Medical ID
Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation
Not everyone who has atrial fibrillation experiences symptoms. “Some people are very aware of their symptoms and can tell right away when an episode of atrial fibrillation starts and stops,” Dinwoodey says. “Other people may not notice any symptoms. For people who have symptoms, the most common ones are decreased tolerance for exercise and feeling a flutter in the chest.”
Other symptoms of atrial fibrillation may include:
There are two different types of atrial fibrillation, and the frequency of symptoms varies with each type. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation begins suddenly and often stops on its own. Persistent atrial fibrillation lasts for more than a week, and while it may stop on its own, it frequently requires treatment. Both types may become permanent over time.
If you believe that you are at risk for atrial fibrillation or if you think you’ve experienced an irregular heartbeat, make an appointment to get evaluated by your doctor. Atrial fibrillation can lead to serious problems and additional complications over time. Fortunately, there are many types of treatment that can help keep this condition under control.
The American Heart Association says in regards to Atrial Fibrillation:
Should I wear a medical alert bracelet?
In any emergency situation, having a patient’s medical history is very helpful. Be sure and write down the medication that you are taking and the dose.
While at work one day, bleach solution was used to clean a blood spill. The smell of the bleach caused respiratory distress and my airway began to close. Thankfully, I made it to our emergency department just prior to my collapse. Our staff worked to stabilize me. I was then transported to an adult facility. Even though my friends in ER knew of my bleach allergy and latex sensitivity, many were not aware of my Multiple Sclerosis. My medical ID bracelet alerted them to the fact that I was taking various medications and had other concerns that would need to be addressed. Because of that day, I now have my medications and medical history stored in my phone as part of the “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) contacts.
I have also experienced a Multiple Sclerosis exasperation in which I had great difficulty walking and my speech was affected. I simply couldn’t find the words to say. As I sat in a wheelchair in a local ER, slumped to one side from the weakness with my face slightly drawn and unable to clearly articulate my needs I was again very thankful for my medical ID bracelet. The triage nurse used my bracelet to help identify what was happening prior to my husband’s arrival. I had difficulty communicating with the ER physician, but because the nurse had seen (and paid attention to) my bracelet she spoke up for me. My bracelet provided her the opportunity to realize I needed an advocate at that moment. She was wonderful!
I never go anywhere without my medical bracelet. It has been invaluable to me by providing a voice when I cannot speak for myself. I now advocate for medical identification alerts for those I come in contact with who need them. I keep brochures and information about the various types of alerts (bracelets, necklace, watches, etc) so that I can provide them to others. My son, who developed a severe nut allergy, and my daughter, who has a severe reaction to an antibiotic, also wear medical ID bracelets. Our family is a huge supporter and proponent of the medical identification alerts!
This just in from Chicago White Sox:
The Chicago White Sox will host an Allergy Awareness Day presented by Mylan, LP on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 3:10 p.m. against the Cleveland Indians.
Fans interested in purchasing tickets and seating in the peanut-free section should email or call Dustin Milliken at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 674-5186.
Make sure to wear your American Medical ID bracelet or necklace to the game!