Kids love Halloween. How do parents make sure their kids are safe from allergies on Halloween? Here is a plan to help.
Protect Your Ghosts and Goblins From Allergies!
First and foremost is prevention. If you’re not sure what your children are allergic to, you can’t prevent a reaction. You can get tested at your doctor’s office or perhaps it’s more convenient and affordable to purchase a home allergy test kit.
Your child should needs to know what treats they are taking. If he or she is allergic to wheat, only gluten-free goodies are allowed! Here are some great recipes for gluten-free treats specifically for Halloween.
Talk to parents and teachers about providing non-candy treats such as haunting stickers, witch finger puppets, spider rings or glow in the dark ghost stickers. They are many fun things that your child may enjoy even more than candy and will definitely last longer.
Review the labels of any treats your child brings home. The terms can be confusing sometimes so if there’s an ingredient you don’t recognize be sure to look it up first.
Make-up can trigger skin allergies so be sure to investigate their face paint before applying it.
If your loved one is going to a haunted house, get the details first as fog machines can trigger allergic reactions and asthma.
When you get out Halloween decorations from last year or a hand-me-down costume, wipe them down and wash them off first. They may be dusty or even have mold spores depending on where they were stored.
Pumpkin patches can harbor mold in damp areas. It may be best to head to your local farmer’s market for a pre-picked pumpkin that you can take home and wash before the carving ensues.
If your kid is not too embarrassed, accompany them to any Halloween events they participate in (classroom party, trick-or-treating, haunted house). If they are embarrassed, be sure they are educated enough to be safe or make a parental executive decision that’s best for your family.
Be sure to carry an epi pin or your child’s allergy plan just in case.
Going for a weekend hike? Don’t forget your tissues!
Even though people associate spring with allergy season, fall can be just as potent. In fact, over 30% of people with seasonal allergies are affected by exercise-inducedasthma. Because a nice hike is often out in the middle of nowhere, it’s important you take precautions. If you’re not sure what you’re allergic to, be sure you get tested for specific allergies so you know best how to prepare.
Hiking in the Fall
How to work out smart during fall allergy season:
If you’re allergic to mold, avoid hiking or exercising in wet areas such as in the woods. Go for a nice stroll in a dry, arid location if possible.
Temperature can play a big part. The colder the air, the more frequent the exercise-induced asthma. If you can’t avoid the cold, bring a scarf or something to warm the air before you inhale into your lungs.
Check the pollen count online before you go to get a good idea of what’s out there.
If you are going to a new area and you’re not familiar with the potential allergens, bring extra tissues and an epi pin to be safe. These items are very lightweight and can make a huge difference.
Before you get back in your car or go back indoors, be sure to wipe off your shoes. That pollen can really accumulate and spread quickly!
If it’s too much to handle, consider other healthy methods of exercise that are indoors: yoga, swimming, weight training, pop in your favorite Jillian Michaels DVD and sweat til you drop!
Be smart, know your body, and investigate your surroundings as much as possible. Fall is a beautiful season that is meant to be explored. With these precautions and tips, exercise-induced asthma and fall allergies won’t be your downfall!
Symptoms of food allergies
“The question that makes parents of severely food-allergic kids lose the most sleep: how will they know when their child is experiencing what could be a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction.
Note: STOP right here if you are reading this because you believe that your child is experiencing a severe reaction. Step away from the computer and follow your doctor’s emergency instructions (such as administering the EpiPen and calling 911.)
OK–so back to the question. This is a wonderful thing to discuss with your doctor because symptoms vary depending on the person. If your child has experienced only “mild” reactions in the past, be sure to get very clear details from your allergist about what to look for.
If you see the following symptoms, it may indicate a food allergy reaction:
Itchy skin rashes (eczema, also called dermatitis)
Skin allergy symptoms are important to identify and to differentiate from skin infections. Though the symptoms are often similar, treatment of an infection can be very different from management and control of a skin allergy.
Identifying a skin allergy is important because a lot of the same symptoms could be produced by infections, heat, and inflammation and even as a reaction to prescription drugs. For instance skin allergy symptoms such as eczema can mimic those of psoriasis, which is not an allergic reaction but caused by a disorder that produces more skin cells than needed.