"Children with food allergies can enjoy Halloween just as much as other kids but it takes planning and vigilance," says Lynda Mitchell, president of Kids With Food Allergies.
Houston, Texas (PRWEB) October 18, 2013
Halloween can be an extra scary time of year for a growing number of children who have food allergies. One of every 12 children is affected by allergies to foods such as milk, peanuts, and tree nuts, all ingredients commonly found in Halloween candy. As the number of children with food allergies continues to rise, parents are challenged with how to keep their children and neighborhood children safe. American Medical ID is here to help.
Lynda Mitchell, president of Kids With Food Allergies, says "Children with food allergies can enjoy Halloween just as much as other kids but it takes planning and vigilance. When my son was a toddler, he had a severe reaction on Halloween because I unknowingly allowed him to carry a treat that included ingredients he was allergic to, not realizing that he would try to bite right through the paper wrapper while we were walking. I learned firsthand the importance of preparing in advance - such as supplying neighbors with safe candy for my son - and closely watching him as he trick-or-treated."
American Medical ID has been serving the food allergic community for nearly 20 years by offering life-saving medical ID bracelets and necklaces in styles kids love to wear. To help raise awareness of the concerns faced by parents of children with food allergies, here are American Medical ID’s top five tips for a food allergy safe Halloween:
1. As always, check all ingredients. Keep in mind that treat-size (or "Fun Size") candy may have different ingredients or be made on different machinery than the same regular-size candy.
2. Prepare a bag filled with safe treats in advance, bring it with you while out trick-or-treating, and then swap it for the treats collected.
3. Plan an alternate activity to trick-or-treating. Kids just want to have fun, right? So try hosting a scary movie marathon, a haunted slumber party, or a scavenger hunt at a local park with Halloween themed tasks and safe treats.
4. When trick-or-treating (or at any other Halloween event), carry your child's emergency medicines with you and refresh yourself on how to administer them.
5. Make sure your child is wearing a medical ID. Even if you are by their side during all Halloween festivities, emergencies happen and a medical ID can communicate life-saving information at a time when it is needed most.
Since 1994, Houston-based, employee owned and operated, American Medical ID has created high quality, customized medical identification alert jewelry to meet every unique lifestyle. Medical IDs are recommended for those living with chronic or rare medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart conditions, stroke risk or memory impairment; persons with allergies such as food, drug or insect; and those taking multiple medications or blood thinners. For more information about American Medical ID, visit http://www.IdentifyYourself.com or call 1(800)363-5985.