Halloween Is Tricky For Kids With Food Allergies


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Two years ago, I wrote this piece about supporting kids with food allergies on Halloween, a time when food and candy are thrown at them from every direction during classroom parties and trick or treating.  It is filled with good suggestions from Dr. Jeffrey Factor of the New England Food Allergy Treatment Center in West Hartford.

Also, I just received this email, with tips from Dr. Clifford W. Bassett, a frequent contributor to FOX News and the Dr. Oz Show.

Halloween is fast approaching. But for those families who have loved ones with allergies, it can be especially scary. Renowned allergy and asthma specialist Dr. Clifford Bassett has some important tips to keep your family safe this Halloween.

1. Discard any food/candy that does not come with a label.  Remember, “When in doubt, throw it out!”

2. For those allergic to nuts, the warning, “may contain nuts” must always be taken seriously.

3. Keep safe snacks on hand to avoid temptation.

4. Do a pre-test on all face paints to prevent allergic reaction.

5. Make sure Halloween masks are not too tight, particularly on those with asthma.

6. Use reflective tape on Halloween clothes and bags to increase visibility during the evening hours.

7. If your child has asthma or food allergies, always keep an inhaler and/or Epi-Pen close by.

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