Halloween and Food Allergies
Your child is newly diagnosed with food allergies and along comes Halloween. It can be scary for a parent, and definitely is not an easy holiday for a food allergy family, but with a few easy tips, it can make the holiday a lot more safe and fun!
Here is what works for us:
Feed your kids their favorite supper before they go out trick-or-treating so they resist the temptation of eating candy on the go where it’s harder to see labels, and decisions are made hastily.
Whether you will be supervising your children or if they are old enough to be on their own, make sure they are carrying their Epipen ® or Auvi-Q ® epinephrine auto-injector with them at all times. This speaks to the importance of having a great Epipen® or Auvi-Q® case that can easily be clipped onto a belt or bag. The Rescue Shot Case comes in a variety of colors and is a rugged Epipen ® or Auvi-Q ® case that can match most costumes or bags! We also use Rescue Shot Case’s Auvi-Q ® case as an asthma inhaler pouch. It is important to keep an asthma inhaler with you at all times. Especially when kids are out running around trick-or-treating in the cold weather, it can sometimes trigger their asthma.
This year is the first year FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) has started their Teal Pumpkin Project! A totally awesome idea started by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee, has people across the country painting their pumpkins teal indicating that they have non-food treats available for children with food allergies. This promotes inclusion and safety for kids with food allergies. It also helps raise awareness for food allergies.
Here is a link to their site: http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project
Also it’s smart to encourage your child at the end of the evening to separate the “Non-Allergic” products by having a sharing party at the end. We exchange, share, and have a good time setting aside the “Allergy” products to be distributed to friends, neighbors, etc. from the “Non-Allergic” products.
Rescue Shot Cases for both Epipen® and Auvi-Q® can be purchased through Amazon in the U.S and Canada; and in Australia at happytummies.com
In New Zealand they can be purchase through Allergy Pharmacy both in-store and online. For more information, check out Rescueshotcase.com or go to facebook.com/rescueshotcase for the latest news.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!!