Here’s a scary statistic: About 12 million Americans, roughly 4% of the population, suffer from food allergies. And according to a study in the journal Pediatrics, about 8% of children under 18 in the US have at least one food allergy.
To keep your Halloween festivities fun, an article on CNN.com has some suggestions for parents of trick or treaters:
If your children do have food allergies, check to make sure your medicine is up-to-date before leaving the house. If you carry an epinephrine auto-injector to treat anaphylactic shock, they typically expire within one year.
Check labels on candy and treats. They can be mass produced on shared equipment, which can expose children to something they might be allergic to.
Keep some safe treats with you, so if your child becomes hungry, they can dig into something you know won’t affect them.
Ask friends and neighbors to keep a separate bowl of allergen-free candy.
Have a happy and safe Halloween!