We are bringing you 6 tips for an allergy-free Halloween.
Halloween is just around the corner, and it can be a “nightmare” for kids with food allergies.
Chocolate contains milk, candy bars can contain nuts, and eggs and soy are also common allergen ingredients in Halloween treats, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.
“Keep certain common sense tips in mind as you prepare for the holiday,” said Bryan Martin, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).
“A little preparation can ensure your little ones don’t suffer from allergic reactions or asthma attacks,” Martin said in an ACAAI news release.
He offered the following tips for parents:
1. For kids with asthma, try to find a costume that doesn’t include a mask, as they can affect breathing. If you child really wants a mask, make sure it is not tight fitting.
2. Halloween makeup can cause allergic reactions in some kids. Make sure to use only reputable makeup brands and to test it on a small area of the skin before applying it to the face.
3. Skip trick-or-treating and try a safer alternative. Some cool options are a safe Halloween party or a scavenger hunt. Get creative!
4. Always be prepared. Make sure your cell phone is charged and bring an epi-pen on your trick-or-treating or outing to be safe. Children with asthma need to have their medications and inhaler.
5. Inspect everything that your child gets from trick-or-treating before they consume anything. Throw out anything without a label or any other suspicious product. Make sure your children know what they can and cannot eat if they have food allergies.
6. Offer non-food treats. Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to place a teal pumpkin outside of their window if they are giving away non-food items like stickers, toys, crayons, etc. For more information on the project.
Have a safe, healthy and happy Halloween!
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