How To Keep Control On Child Who Is Allergic To Certain Food This Halloween?

October 08, 2016

It’s October and children have started making plans as to what they are going to do this Halloween. Your child must be eagerly waiting for the last day of this month because that’s when he/she can go out with other children dressed up in colorful costumes for trick-or-treat. Have you checked what your child will wear this Halloween? If not, then you must find something great for your little one. It will be better if you can take the opinion of the kid because after all, he/she has to wear the dress, and if he/she doesn’t like the dress, then what’s the use of buying it.

Clothes are not the only thing that you have to pay attention to, but the food as well. Children are often allergic to certain food items, and with peanuts, dairy products and other food items present in the list of foods that people give to kids, it may trigger the allergy. Nuts are one of the most common food items that kids are allergic to, let it be peanuts or tree nuts, so you have to keep in mind that all such food items must not be present in the bag of your child, let alone the plate. If you plan creatively, then you can ensure a great Halloween for your child despite his/her allergies. You just need to keep away those food items that can cause allergy.

Here are some basic food allergy safety rules to keep in mind:

  1. Check the ingredient label of every piece of candy that your child has. It doesn’t matter if it is the usual brand that your child eats, you need to check the ingredients.
  2. Allergy statements can be different on the candy bars made by the same brand because of the difference in size of the bar.
  3. You should not let your child eat a candy bar that has got no label on it, as that will be unsafe for him/her. You can eat that candy if you are not allergic to any food item.
  4. If your child is taking any medication to control or permanently eradicate an allergy, then make sure that the medicine should always be with him/her.
  5. If your child is too much sensitive to the food items that gives him/her allergy, then put some hand wipes in his/her bag or pocket, which he/she can use in case of accidental contact with that food item.

What to do at the time of trick-or-treat?

  1. Don’t let your child eat candies, instead get a beautiful gift in exchange of the candy bag.
  2. You should not accompany your child while he/she is out with friends. Taking his/her bag and checking the ingredient label is just not right. Instead, you can educate your child not to eat candies outside. Bring the bag home and then, you can have them after checking the label.
  3. You should also give non-food items to other kids because one of the children in the group may also be allergic like your kid.
  4. Educate your child to say ‘No, thank you’ in case he/she is offered a candy, which he/she is allergic to.

Have your own Halloween traditions:

  1. You can organize a party at your own house and offer the snacks that you think are safe for your child. Let the control of the food be in your hands.
  2. It is not just the food, which is important at Halloweens, but there are many other ways to have fun such as, making a trip to museums, theme parks and zoos, etc.
  3. You can talk to your neighbors and plan something out on Halloween. A party or a small get-together. Your kid will play with their kids, and the food is again in your control.

Allergies don’t go away that easily, and in kids, the impact of allergies is a lot more than in adults. So, it is better to have the control in your hands, especially when it comes to food. By doing this, you will ensure a joyous and exciting Halloween for your child.

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  • Smith Oliver
    October 02, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Very nice. I remember last Halloween my little daughter came down with a fever after eating a food she's allergic to. I was called to the hospital and I felt sorry for myself for not realizing she had allergies on time and educating her properly on how to reject such foods. I guess I've learned a great way to deal with it. The next Halloween would surely be better.

  • Pamela
    October 02, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    My last son is allergic to nuts. I completely stopped him from Halloween celebrations. It wasn't the best idea, but that was what I could think of. I'm happy I came across this post and I've learned a better way to tackle this issue than stopping my child from the celebration.


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