Most children consider Halloween one of their favorite holidays. They get to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating with all their friends, and of course the candy. However, if your child has a food allergy, Halloween can be tricky. Fortunately, if you follow a few simple tips, your child will be able to have a safe and fun Halloween without consuming any foods that may trigger an allergic reaction.
If you decide to take your child trick-or-treating, you should always carry your child’s emergency medicine. In the event that your child consumes unsafe candy, you will be able to act fast and administer the medicine right away. If you live in a place where you know most of your neighbors, you could meet with them in advance and give them safe treats to hand out to your child. This will eliminate the risk that they unknowingly give your child candy that triggers his or her food allergies.
Once you’ve returned home from trick-or-treating, you should take any candy your child has collected and carefully read the labels to make sure your child doesn’t have an allergy to any of the ingredients. It’s important for your child to be aware of their allergies as well.
For more food safety tips, here’s a great article for parents: http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/resourcespre.php?id=56. Premier Allergy wishes everyone a happy and safe Halloween!