Halloween candies can pose a serious health risk: severe allergies. Here are some suggestions.

October 27, 2014


Double-check those treats and prevent halloween from becoming a real nightmare.


Children can hardly contain their excitement as they go from house to house collecting candy and other treats on Halloween night.


We have all heard 'check the candy' and our first thought is to check for treats that have been tainted by some twisted individual. There have been nightmarish halloween stories for years involving needles allegedly inserted in candy, etc.


However, there is another very real danger lurking in those candy wrappers, and they haven't been altered in any way by the trick or treat givers. There may be ingredients in those candy treats that can result in deadly allergic reactions.


According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, 5% of children under the age of 5, and 4% of kids age 4 to 17 have at least one food allergy. Some children outgrow allergies to wheat, eggs, soy, and cows milk, but allergic reactions to tree nuts, peanuts, fish, and shellfish tend to last a lifetime. Some allergic reactions are minor, while others can be life threatening.


You would do well to double-check the ingredients in the candies your child receives for Halloween, and be alert to any possible allergic reactions immediately.   Click here to visit a website dedicated to a candy ingredient list featuring the most popular candies.


Another great idea to avoid the battle over the candy (which is sure to occur) is to make a game of it before the kids go out trick or treating. Agree upon a specific dollar figure that you'll trade them the candy for after the night is done. It may be a dollar amount per pound of candy, or per number of candies...then encourage them to use the money to buy something healthy to eat, or something else they have their eye on. 



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