Common allergens such as peanuts, tree nuts, milk and egg are often ingredients in Halloween treats. Some kids may experience a rash or red, itchy skin, vomiting, a stuffy, itchy nose, or diarrhea or stomach cramps if they eat a food to which they are allergic. For children who are severely allergic, a single bite of these foods may cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis.
An anaphylactic reaction typically affects more than one part of the body, and can happen very quickly. Signs of anaphylaxis include:
• Trouble breathing, wheezing or chest tightness
• A tingling feeling in the hands, feet, lips or scalp
A safe Halloween
Having food allergies doesn’t mean having to skip all Halloween fun. Follow these tips for a safe holiday:
• Don’t let your food-allergic child trick-or-treat alone, and always make sure they carry their autoinjectable epinephrine with them.
• Verify that adults or friends with your child understand his or her food allergies and what to do in an emergency.
• Be cautious of “fun size” candy, which may contain different ingredients than regular size packages.
• Teach your child how to politely say no to food that may not be safe, especially homemade items such as cookies and cupcakes.
• Allergy-Free Zone Signs
• Anaphylaxis Action Plan
To the Point
Be cautious of “fun size” candy, which may contain different ingredients than regular size packages.
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