Halloween and Food Allergies

By Health Day

Updated Oct 21, 2013 at 8:00 AM EDT


If there's a Halloween party in your future...we don't want to scare you. But the truth is that in the past 10 years...there has been an 18-percent increase in the number of children with food allergies. So to play if safe...here are a few tips from the food experts at Loyola University Health System.

If you're dropping your child off at a Halloween party...make sure the host knows about any allergy concerns. You may want to provide a written list of problem foods. If you're throwing the bash, remember safety starts at the supermarket. Check all food labels. Halloween candy often contains common allergens like peanuts, tree nuts, milk and egg. Even if the candy says allergen-free, make sure it's not made on the same machines as products with these allergens. If you're skipping the party in favor of trick or treating...Don't let your allergic child trick-or-treat alone, and if your child needs an injectable epinephrine, make sure you have one on hand. Take a good look at the loot when you get home and remove any offending candy. And be particularly mindful of the minis...as they can occasionally contain different ingredients than a regular-sized candy.

Finally, make sure you have fun...while playing it safe.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news that can help you stay healthy, happy, and fit.

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