How To Fight Anaphylaxis This Halloween | Lifestyles
Fear and Halloween go hand in hand. It’s hard to resist a horror movie on Halloween night, and kids dressed up as ghosts and goblins often love to scare their parents and friends while they go out.
Anaphylaxis is a fear that no child or parent wants to experience on Halloween. Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that often produces a multitude of symptoms. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, anaphylaxis often involves swelling, hives, and low blood pressure. In severe cases, anaphylaxis can lead to shock, which can be fatal if not treated immediately.
Fun usually takes center stage every Halloween, but parents concerned about the potential for serious allergic reactions like anaphylaxis can take steps to protect young people so that the trick or treatment doesn’t become tragic.
· Learn about food allergies before having a Halloween party. Parents throwing a kids’ party this Halloween can ask other parents if the kids planning to attend have food allergies. If so, make sure these foods are not present at the party. The AAAAI notes that Halloween treats often include peanuts, tree nuts, milk, and eggs, each of which are common food allergens. Parents can even encourage guests to bring their own child-specific treats and discourage young people from sharing to reduce the risk of allergic reactions.
· Shift the attention away from the food. The AAAAI recommends that Halloween hosts plan Halloween activities without food. Instead of showing off, have a costume contest, neighborhood games, and pumpkin decorations (for younger children) or carving (for older children).
· Accompany children with food allergies if they are making treats. Much of the fun kids have on Halloween is making treats all over their neighborhood. Parents of kids with food allergies can still let kids make treats, but the AAAAI recommends that moms and dads go with their kids. This can reduce the chances of children slipping candy that could trigger an allergic reaction. The AAAAI also advises parents to take self-injectable epinephrine with them while children are making treats.
· Beware of “fun-sized” candies. The AAAAI notes that candies labeled as “fun-sized,” which are popular items to give out on Halloween, often contain different ingredients than regular-size wrappers. Make sure the kids don’t eat fun-sized candies until you’ve had a chance to confirm their ingredients.
Halloween is a fun day that families look forward to all year round. Parents can stay fun and safe by being mindful of food allergies and how to protect vulnerable children.