Happy Halloween from Riviera Allergy Medical Center!
It is that time of year when kids dress up in costumes and go door-to-door collecting candy. There can be a lot of fun and excitement associated with trick-or-treating, but parents whose children have allergies need to keep a wary eye out for allergens that could cause an allergic reaction.
More chocolates and sweets are sold during the week of Halloween than in any other week of the year. Some of the favorites to hand out include those that are loaded with nuts, wheat, eggs and other ingredients that can turn a day of fun into a night of asthma and allergy problems.
At Riviera Allergy Medical Center we want all of our patients to have a safe and happy Halloween. We provide allergy testing that will help determine the specific types of food allergies that are affecting your child. Our center offers the benefits of allergy shots and top allergy medications to help fight the debilitating effects of allergic reactions. Ask us about the latest in food allergy remedies so that your child can get out there and start trick-or-treating again.
Dr. Ulrike Ziegner and the staff of Riviera Allergy Medical Center
Can Children with Allergies Have a Safe Halloween?
As parents, we never want to tell our children that there is something they cannot do, especially when it comes to something fun like collecting candy. Younger children may not understand the negative consequences that can be associated with their food allergies. Here are some tips from the Riviera Allergy Medical Center that might help ensure a safe and healthy Halloween:
- Have an allergy test: Don’t just guess at the type of allergy your child may have. An allergy test is a fast and simple way to narrow down specific allergens. Once we know for sure what your child reacts to, we can develop an allergy treatment plan.
- The school Halloween party: Your child’s teacher and school nurse should already be aware of any allergies, but other parents might not. If possible, volunteer to provide safe snacks for your child, or at least offer to help with the party so you can monitor your child’s intake.
- Trick-or-treating: You might decide to hold an alternative event, such as a scary movie night, scavenger hunt, or backyard party in place of going out. Get together with other parents of children with allergies and hold an allergen-free event. If you do take your children around the neighborhood, be sure to carry any emergency medications with you, such as an EpiPen. If you control the houses you visit, you can drop off special treats in advance. Be sure that your children don’t eat any treats before you check everything to make sure it is safe. Trade allergen-free treats for unsafe candy when you get home so your child won’t feel like he or she is missing out on quantity.
- Be aware of “fun” sizes: Smaller or “fun-sized” candy may contain different ingredients than the regular-sized versions. Always read the ingredients list and be very careful of what you allow your child to eat. Don’t allow your child to eat anything that is unlabeled.
- Buy specialty items: Zenfully Delicious offers a list of allergy and gluten-free Halloween treats such as Divvies, Bug Bites, Yummy Earth Lollipops, and Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks. Non-candy fun might include stickers, Glo-sticks, Halloween pencils, or magnets.
- Look for the “teal pumpkin”: The Food Allergy Research & Education organization is encouraging people to place a teal-painted pumpkin outside their door if they’re offering non-food treats, such as small toys, stickers and crayons.
Here are some Halloween question and answers for you from your allergy doctor, Dr. Ulrike Ziegner:
- How likely is it that my child really does have a food allergy?During the past decade, there has been an 18 percent surge in the number of children with food allergies, according to the Loyola University Health System. Your child could be one of the 6-8 percent of children who currently have at least one food allergy. The top allergy foods include milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans.
- What should I do if my child experiences an allergic reaction? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that food allergies result in more than 300,000 ambulatory-care visits a year among children under 18. Once a reaction does start, epinephrine is usually the first line of defense, if this medication has been prescribed for your specific allergy situation. After the injection, you should still seek emergency medical attention.
- Are there remedies for allergies? Allergy care is changing all of the time, and your child’s sensitivities may even change as he or she grows older. Visit our website and download our complimentary guide, “Be Allergy-Free With Dr. Z.”
Halloween Events in Redondo Beach, CA
- Trick-or-Treating: The Riviera Village in Redondo Beach welcomes those families looking to score some solid trick or treating space. Ghosts and goblins will mix with princesses and super heroes as Riviera Village hosts the annual Halloween Trick or Treat on Friday, October 31st. Catalina Avenue will be closed to traffic from Avenue I to Palos Verdes Blvd., and the shops will hand out candy and treats from 4 to 6 pm.
- Visit the South Bay Galleria Pumpkin Patch: Open through October 31 on Kingsdale Avenue.
- Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum Pumpkin Patch: Come out for a fun filled afternoon on Saturday, October 25 from 1-3pm when the Rancho is turned into a pumpkin patch. Pick a pumpkin and decorate it. Get spooky with paint, pens, stickers and more. Other fun contests include: pumpkin seed spitting contest, pie eating contest, and costume parade. 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez.
- Halloween Carnival & Costume Contest: Lomita Parks and Recreation Department hosts a costume contest and carnival on Friday October 31 from 6-8pm at Lomita Park, 24428 Eshelman Avenue. Prize categories include Prettiest, Funniest, Most Original, Judge’s Pick, and Scariest. There will be game booths and a balloonist.
We hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween.