For parents and carers of children with a severe food allergy, Halloween can be a time of additional anxiety, worrying that their children could be exposed to treats which may cause a reaction.
However, it is possible for parents and their food allergic children to join in and have great fun during the spooky season.
- Remind children what their food allergens look like.
- Ask your child not to eat any sweets or treats until they are checked at home.
- Have approved sweets, fruit or non-food treats ready at home that can be swapped for any treats that are not suitable.
- Check the labels of any sweets you do not recognise before giving to the allergic child. Also sometimes ‘treat size’ versions of sweets have different ingredients so double check those too.
- Keep your child’s adrenaline auto-injectors with them at all times, even if that means tucking them into their costume or goodie collection pot.
- Make sure that any adults or friends with your child know about their allergies, what signs and symptoms to look out for and how to administer emergency medication.
For more information, contact our helpline on 01252 542029 or email [email protected]