Take The Scare Out of Food Allergies On Halloween

Jack-o-lantern with candy

If you have kids with food allergies, Halloween trick or treating can be especially scary.  These seven precautions will help keep everyone safe and able to enjoy the Halloween fun.

Look for teal pumpkins

A teal pumpkin on a door or doorstep is a sign to let kids and parents know that small toys or other non-food treats are available at that location for kids with food allergies. Remind your kids to mention their food allergy when at a teal pumpkin location. For more information, visit the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Always carry an Epi-Pen

Those at risk of a severe allergic reaction should always have an Epi-Pen nearby. Be sure to keep one with you when out trick-or-treating.

Never let your child trick-or-treat alone

Always stay in close proximity of your child to ensure that they can receive help if needed, and that they don’t inadvertently eat something they shouldn’t.

Put safe foods in the candy bag

Kids inevitably want to eat some of their candy on the run so make sure you have put safe candies or food in their bag before you start out. This way they can munch safely on the go.

Always read the ingredients

Understand the candies and their ingredients. Remember that fun-sized candy may have different ingredients than the original size.

Teach when to say “no”

Teach your child to politely decline foods that may contain allergens, especially home-made items.

Know the signs of anaphylactic shock

Anaphylactic shock is a severe and life-threatening allergic reaction. An anaphylactic reaction typically affects more than one part of the body, and can happen very quickly. Signs of anaphylaxis include:

  • A lump in the throat, hoarseness or throat tightness
  • Trouble breathing, wheezing or chest tightness
  • A tingling feeling in the hands, feet, lips or scalp

If your child experiences an anaphylactic reaction, always seek immediate medical care even if you were able to administer epinephrine.

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