Halloween is an exciting time for children as they have the once-a-year opportunity to dress up in creative costumes and stroll around the neighborhood gathering candy. This holiday can be fun and memorable, but it’s important to ensure children stay safe and sound while going from door-to-door yelling “Trick-or-treat!”
If we’re being honest, Halloween is beloved by many because it’s one of the few days each year when we can shamelessly indulge on sweet treats. But, for parents of children with allergies, it can be a scary event. While older children who suffer from food allergies know what types of candy to avoid, younger children may not understand what they can and cannot eat. Parents should educate their kids on which types of candy are unsafe to consume and why. Teachers should also be made aware of any students with food allergies, as school celebrations are common this time of year. Some other allergy triggers among kids include materials like latex, which are often used in store-bought costumes and masks. A latex allergy might appear as a burning or itching of the skin or with more severe symptoms such as pink eye and hives.
Another factor to be aware of this Halloween is the weather. Being properly dressed helps everyone get the most out of their trick-or-treating experience. The forecast for our area as of now shows a chance of rain, so being prepared is important. We know the Ninja Turtles and Hello Kitty don’t wear jackets, but the kids will thank you for dressing them not only in an awesome costume but also in clothing that will keep them warm and dry. No costume is worth waking up with a stuffy nose on November 1st.
Should any concerns arise with new-found allergies or a sprained wrist from toting home a full pillowcase of candy, don’t hesitate to seek a doctor’s opinion. Getting sick around the holiday season is never fun (even though staying home from school would free up time to eat Reese’s Pieces and Kit Kats all day!).