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Dr. Jackie on Halloween Dangers

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:

  1. Does every one have to worry and how do you know if your infants, toddlers, or older kids have food allergy?
  2. 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?
  3. What about eating things that say “MAY contain nuts” or processed in factory with nuts — can you eat them?
  4. What to do if you child is having a reaction ?
  5. 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

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