Doylestown, Pa. (PRWEB) October 24, 2012
Halloween can be especially challenging for the growing number of children with food allergies. Today, one in 12 children (up to 8 million overall) is affected by allergies to foods such as milk, peanuts and tree nuts, which are ingredients commonly found in candy. One common allergy – peanut allergy – has tripled in the last decade. To help make Halloween fun and safe for everyone this year, national charity Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA) offers tips from its free Halloween educational resources full of ideas, food-free activities and allergy-friendly recipes available at kidswithfoodallergies.org.
"Children with food allergies can enjoy Halloween just as much other children, but parents need to plan ahead and be vigilant," noted Lynda Mitchell, president of Kids With Food Allergies Foundation. "I learned firsthand the importance of needing to be prepared after my son, as a toddler, had a severe reaction on Halloween. He was carrying a piece of candy and bit right through the wrapper while we were trick-or-treating.”
Based on this experience and others, KFA has compiled the following tips so parents can plan a safe and enjoyable Halloween for their children:
Trick or Treating
For more information call Lynda Mitchell at 215-230-5394 or visit http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org.
About the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA)
Founded in 2005 as a charity, KFA is a growing national nonprofit organization of 25,000 individuals, families and businesses. Its rapid growth has been spurred by the unprecedented rise in food allergies, which affect about 1 in every 12 children. KFA’s program offerings are focused on educating families and communities about practical food allergy management to save children’s lives and improve their quality of life. Its interactive website provides a powerhouse of resources, including the nation's largest online support community offering moral support, information sharing and food/cooking support; quality education materials edited by a multidisciplinary medical advisory team; and an online collection of 1,200 "allergy-friendly" recipes. KFA was recently selected as the About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Award winner for best online food allergy support. To find out more, go to: http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org.