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At Halloween, we love pretending to be afraid, but for parents with a child who has a food allergy, this fear can become very real.
Celebrating Halloween usually means filling up a big bag with candy, but for children who suffer from serious food allergies, it isn’t that simple. In fact, it is estimated that 5% to 8% of children in Quebec suffer from food allergies. Some foods or additives that can trigger an allergic reaction may be found in their bags of candy. Here are a few examples of foods and food additives that can cause a serious allergy:
Nut and peanut allergies can prove to be particularly problematic at Halloween.
Adapting one’s lifestyle in consideration of food allergies can sometimes be a challenge for some parents. Although they may be used to exercising constant vigilance, balancing special events such as the holidays or Halloween may require more organization and creativity. Here are a few tips to ensure that your Halloween celebration doesn’t turn to horror:
Remember to always have an epinephrine auto-injector at hand. This is considered the treatment of choice in the case of a severe allergic reaction. You must be prepared to use it immediately if your child is exposed to an allergen. Then, you must bring your child to the emergency department right away.
Here are a few tips on how to optimally use your epinephrine auto-injector:
For additional information about food allergies and preventive and rescue measures, speak to your pharmacist, who will help you to have a happy and hassle-free Halloween!
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