Preventing food allergies during Halloween

Oct 20, 2015 6:46 AM by Mega Sugianto

According to the Centers for Disease Control, food allergies are a growing concern that affects about 4%-6% of children in the United States. It also reports allergic reactions can be life threatening and have far-reaching effects on children and their families.

For Dana Brent, a mom of a 5-year old boy, she worries about her son during the Halloween Season.

“My son is allergic to both wheat and peanuts and last Halloween was the scariest night of our life,” wrote Brent.

Although Brent was careful to allow her son to eat certain candies, he came across an asthma attack in the middle of the night.

“We spent nearly a week nursing him back to health so he could return to school.”

To prevent any more attacks, Brent said she is participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. It is a program through the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) to improve the quality of life and the health of people with food allergies.

Brent said her goal is to raise awareness of the program to promote a safer and happier Halloween season. She wants to encourage people to make non-food treats available so trick-or-treaters who need to avoid candy can fully participate.

The Teal Pumpkin Project uses a variety of resources like printouts and a crowdsourcing map to identify which home is participating. To learn more click here.


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