Halloween is upon us and children across the country will be dressing as witches, ghosts and goblins to race through our streets chanting “Trick or Treat!” For parents and carers of children with a severe food allergy this can cause real shivers of fright and real terror, worried that one bite of the wrong treat can cause a severe allergic reaction. However it is possible for parents and their food allergic children to join in and have great fun on Halloween.
- Remind children what their food allergens look like.
- Ask the child not to eat any unapproved sweets or treats until they get 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-injector with them at all times, even if that means tucking it into their costume or goodie collection pot.
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