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Halloween and children's food allergies clash

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For parents of children with food allergies, Halloween can be a difficult time. With so many candies and treats having peanuts, tree nuts, gluten and other allergens, knowing what to look for can be a potentially life-saving effort. During the actual trick-or-treating of Halloween night and the sharing of candy afterward, parents and schools need to be vigilant about keeping track of allergies.

Children's food allergies on Halloween
Halloween parties can be difficult with children who have food allergies, since many candies have allergens in them. Experts from the Loyola University Health System noted that parents should be sure to give the hosts of Halloween parties a list of foods that their children are allergic to. For parents having a party, be sure to know beforehand if any attendees have food allergies and shop ahead of time for treats that are free of nuts, gluten, eggs and other allergens.

Parents may want to consider giving younger children an allergy test before Halloween festivities begin to be sure of any looming threats. A lab test online can show any allergies to foods in order to make sure that parents are prepared for the candy-laden holiday. Parents should also make sure that their children are aware of allergies before sharing candy or other treats with children diagnosed with certain intolerances.

Halloween allergies in school
It is equally important that schools are aware of children's food allergies, especially around Halloween, noted the Chicago Tribune. Schools in the Chicago area and nationwide are responsible for creating classrooms and cafeterias that are safe for the students in their school, and this practice often includes banning tree nuts and peanuts in the classroom altogether. This can be difficult in the days after Halloween when many children bring in their trick-or-treating spoils to share with classmates.

Keeping track of children's allergies can be even more difficult when it comes to higher grade levels, since students begin moving more frequently between classes. In this case, it is often best for parents to clearly label any candies that contain common allergens. Lab tests and blood tests can show any allergies that students may have, so parents should be aware of the availability of these tests to make sure that their children are safe this coming Halloween and all year.

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