Is it the trick or the treat that scares you? Every year children get very excited about Halloween, but is the excitement the same for children with food or milk allergies? Children with allergies and their parents get a little bit nervous around Halloween. They worry about the parties and the food their children will be exposed to, as well as the Halloween treat exchanges that happen in school or around the neighborhood. Children are often do not pay attention to what they eat, even if they know that they should avoid eating foods with unknown ingredients.
Here are some tips that can help you skip the “trick or treat” fright:
- Change the focus: Even though Halloween is all about the treats, try taking the focus off the candy and the food. Turn your child’s focus and interest on the tricks and the spooky mood of Halloween. There are several activities that do not involve food. Such activities include movies, haunted houses, treasure hunts, pumpkin carving, and costume making.
- Haunted treats: Even if your child is aware of what to avoid, labels can be very confusing. Talk to your child about the treats they should say no to. Tell them that when they do not recognize a product or they haven’t tried it before, to politely reject the treat.
- That pumpkin is not orange: The Food Allergy & Research Education begun the “Teal Pumpkin Project” last year. This project suggests painting a pumpkin teal, which is the color of food allergy awareness. This will let your neighbors and other parents know that your child is allergic. Raise awareness about the “Teal Pumpkin Project” and help diminish the numbers or chances of allergic reactions this Halloween! For more info about the “Teal Pumpkin Project” click here.
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