If your child has food allergies, Halloween can be tricky. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Md. has Halloween safety tips to keep your family happy and healthy.
1 in every 13 kids has food allergy — many will figure that out for the first time on Oct 31st when they bite into a candy bar. In this informative NBC4 video, Dr. Jackie talks about several pertinent questions:
- Does every one have to worry and how do you know if your infants, toddlers, or older kids have food allergy?
- If you are at risk — what to do as you go door to door? What are the new “teal” pumpkin we may see this Halloween?
- What about eating things that say “MAY contain nuts” or processed in factory with nuts — can you eat them?
- What to do if you child is having a reaction ?
- Overall tips to keep your food allergic child safe with a simple SAFE rule to follow:
- Stay in a group when trick-or-treating through neighborhood streets.
- Avoid eating candy you’re not familiar with and carry hand wipes in case of accidental exposure.
- Feel free to say “no thank you” to treats you are allergic to.
- Epinephrine, cell phone and emergency contact should always be carried in case of an allergic reaction