Halloween, the holiday dedicated to tomfoolery and treats is undoubtedly a wonderful time for children to explore and have fun with friends. Unfortunately, this time of year can be tough for children with food allergies. Without the proper plans in place, a child’s night could go from “laughter” to “disaster” rather quickly.
The specialists at The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC are committed to keeping your child safe this Halloween. From school Halloween parties, to neighborhood trick-or-treating, we have the necessary steps to evade these allergy plunders!
Fortunately, avoiding Halloween food allergies can be easier than you think. When it comes to your child’s school Halloween party, notifying educators of IEP or 504 plans is usually the first step; however, there are other ways your child can avoid an allergic reaction. See below:
Consider providing allergen-safe party snacks—something everyone can enjoy!
Volunteer as a classroom party monitor. You’ll be able to advise what treats your child can and cannot have.
Try not to draw unnecessary attention to your child’s food allergies; if you cannot be there to supervise, suggest alternative, non-food related activities to your child’s teacher a few weeks before the party.
Neighborhood trick-or-treating is another endeavor that can be difficult, but the following strategies should keep the night exciting and allergen-free:
Bring baked goods and other safe snacks while trick-or-treating.
It should go without saying, but check all food ingredients before allowing your child to consume them. Fun-sized candy could have different ingredients or be manufactured in different machinery than full-sized counterparts.
Carry your child’s emergency medicines while trick-or-treating. Even with the proper precautions in place, accidents can happen!
If trick-or-treating is too risky, consider planning an alternative activity, like a trip to the movies, a scavenger hunt or Halloween party at home.
At the end of the day, planning your child’s night and implementing the proper safety practices is absolutely essential. If you have additional questions or concerns, call The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC to set-up an appointment and talk with one of our specialists today.
Providing the most comprehensive testing, diagnosis, and treatment of allergy diseases, The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC is the leading allergy clinic in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. If you suffer from environmental, food, or chemical allergies, don’t wait any longer and call us now at (480) 634-2985!
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
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