Halloween Full of Tricks for Kids with Food Allergies

Bonney Bowman

When it comes to trick-or-treating, most kids only think of one thing: the candy.

But for parents with children who have food allergies, Halloween can be full of tricks, but few treats.

It's hard to keep track of each piece of candy going into a kid's bucket on Halloween, and even harder to know exactly which ingredients are in that candy.

For kids with food allergies, not knowing what they're eating can be dangerous.

The three most common food allergens are peanuts, milk and eggs and many of the options on the candy shelves contain these ingredients.

If your child has a food allergy, it's important to make sure they don't start snacking on candy before you get home.

Once you have the chance to look at your child's stash, remove anything you think might cause a reaction.

But just in case, Hy-Vee Dietitian Kelli Kennel recommends making sure you have a treatment plan in place.

Kennel says parents can also have an alternative ready at home, so they can trade their children the dangerous candy for safe sweets or a toy.

That way the child doesn't feel left out.

Some shoppers said they didn't even consider food allergies when they picked out their candy.

Most people were buying what they liked, so any candy left over wouldn't go to waste.



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