2. No Homemade Treats
Teach your children to say no to homemade treats. They might be made with love by your neighbors and family, but may contain dangerous ingredients that can bring on a dangerous allergic reaction if eaten or even touched by your child.
3. Tote Your Child’s Medications
Mask—check, skeleton gloves—check, trick or treat bag—check, wig—check, but what about your child’s medication? Ensure a safe and fun evening of trick or treating by being proactive. Tote your child’s emergency medications, any injectable epinephrine (i.e., EpiPen), asthma inhalers, and medical alert information along with all of the other essentials.
4. Get Scary Creative with Your Child’s Costume
The homemade costumes are the best anyway, and you can include some neat extras for a child with allergies. For instance, if hand to food contact can spur an allergic reaction, make a costume with a pair of scary gloves. That way, if your little goblin makes contact with dangerous foods (i.e., peanuts), he or she will have an extra layer of protection.
5. Check Store Bought Costumes for Dangers
Be aware that any store bought costumes can contain latex and other synthetic dyes that may cause irritation and a dangerous allergic reaction. So check the labels and even the manufacturer’s website for a full list of products used in the manufacturing of your child’s costume before they put it on.