Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC) knows that Halloween is a fun and exciting time of year for our younger patients. But children who suffer from some of the most common food allergies very often find that Halloween can be more of a trick than a treat. There are more kids with food allergies than ever before, but they still want to join in the Halloween fun. Here are some recommendations from Dr. Ulrike Ziegner, our allergy treatment specialist, to help keep this from becoming a scary occasion:
- If your child has a severe skin allergy, make a costume that covers all of their skin including gloves. That way you can sort through the candy and weed out anything that might cause a reaction.
- For children with asthma, use a costume that doesn’t include a mask which could make breathing harder.
- Instead of collecting candy, get together with other parents and set up a Halloween scavenger hunt. Send the children to home where you know what they’ll be receiving.
- Let your child be the host of your own haunted house where you can control what he or she touches.
- Be sure to take your child’s allergy medicine with you when you go out Trick-or-Treating.
- For treats that are safe from milk, peanut, egg, soy, tree nuts, gluten, wheat, fish, shellfish or sesame try caramel apples, pumpkin cookies made with gluten-free flour, or soft sugar gluten-free cutout cookies in Halloween shapes.
- If there is a Halloween party at your child’s school, volunteer to provide the snacks so you can be sure there is nothing that is unsafe for your child.
- For trick-or-treaters coming to your house, be sure to have a few non-allergic items, like stickers or small toys, on hand.
You are not alone in dealing with food allergies. Many more parents today are aware of the dangers children face and are willing to listen to your advice on alternative party ideas and snack options.
Prepare For Possible Allergic Reactions
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that the incidence of food allergies rose 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. Symptoms can be as minor as an itchy mouth or as severe as anaphylaxis, which can be potentially fatal. If your child suffers from some of the most common allergies, be sure to check with RAMC before heading out for trick-or-treating. We can make sure all allergy shots are up-to-date, talk to your child about safe practices, and give you other ideas that can help keep this a fun, and still spooky, night.
About RAMC – Riviera Allergy Medical Center offers comprehensive treatment for the most common food allergies, skin allergy medicine, and asthma prevention. Located at 1711 Via El Prado, Suite 101 in Redondo Beach, the allergy and asthma center is headed by renowned seasonal allergy treatment specialist, Dr. Ulrike Ziegner. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 310-792-9050 for more information or to schedule an appointment for allergy treatment.