Halloween Allergy Triggers to Avoid

Dr. Keith Ayoob on preventing allergic reactions to candy and costumes.
5:54 | 11/01/11

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-- kids' Halloween fun is getting dressed up and trick or treating but if your child suffers from allergies this spooky holiday could be a lot less fun. So here with some Halloween allergy triggers to watch out for his pediatrician doctor keep a new doctor you thanks so much for being here with us today thank you actually pediatric nutritionist. And music -- -- got okay even better because we're gonna talk about Halloween candy for the for the most part because that is where a lot. Allergy triggers a -- right and. Remember it sometimes during Halloween we introduce different kinds of foods and treats and -- a -- kids that haven't been introduced before. And my advice to his -- is if you haven't. Introduced -- your kids before this is not the date stated that otherwise you risk spending Helen when in the emergency room with a a very unhappy child and so many of the typical Halloween -- -- are processed in. This only facilities that also process not cracked so I'm right and so and -- that most of the time that's not a problem because they you know they are supposed to clean the equipment and when they have to put that warning on the label because for some hyper telegenic. Children. You know there -- -- hyper allergic children actually the you know. Those kinds of all traces. No nuts or peanuts or things like that can be -- any problem brake problem so if your child is highly allergic to peanuts are not. Do you recommend just know Halloween candy that third top what an idiot -- -- -- would where it's always a good idea to do is is you know. You probably experience which candies are gonna work and which aren't right stick to those make sure that those at least you have around the house. And you know collecting candy is one thing eating it is a different story like -- collected one collapse yet -- trick -- -- be part of the whole experience -- when -- come -- sort -- -- stuff that you know -- -- -- and and -- To keep a careful I've got a lot of kids go out and collect and eat as they all that's in another and that -- and other -- and yeah. That's relevant practice ahead of time is important right and instantly nothing -- not already pre wrapped right obviously thank you just have to allow them that experience that pleasure of doing the trick or treating but just keep a close eye on what they're actually -- right -- Always about the community -- -- could -- -- artists there is some evidence it's not great but there -- some some evidence there's certain children who are kind of hypersensitive to things like food coloring and things like that really that the -- have been kind of spotty but if you feel that your child is than just of course -- -- and of course you see anything unusual that you don't that you -- not familiar with just oh yeah and Tony I want kids to be eating fresh fruit. Don't collected on Halloween act exactly now you know this is probably little -- known but you can also get. Allergic reactions to certain costumes -- well you you cannon and you know. Ordinarily -- think those are not going to be -- But you know -- mouth everything. You know and then there's certainly can be chemicals in the cost of -- you know -- causes you know government -- of things and -- asking imagine this -- -- it can happen but also. And kids can like -- their noses or in an and have -- or they can mouth. Sort of little. Buttons and in you know bubbles that are on the costumes and -- like that so. In addition to possible choking hazards is that that there can be chemicals and those. Kinds of items -- -- one if it's in the buckle or some of them children now that. That can cause a reaction it is in these are rare but they don't have their child doesn't extremely sensitive skin let's say -- do you recommend. A certain kind of cost and perhaps if you can get one like a cotton. -- always works -- a rare very very little allergy to cotton right as much cotton stuff on there is possible but also. Don't try it the cost him out for the first time on Halloween. I do this is a dry run a long time before they let you know -- -- especially -- -- -- that this may have already happened if kids are going to parties and -- yeah. And Halloween but most have been -- -- -- for four day throughout -- very -- and and that that's a good test -- recognize that it had been working -- so -- that's probably okay now make up -- masks spending. He would seem that it would seem that both would have -- -- well they they do winning again I mean there are. Chemicals and keep in mind when labels say things like. Non toxic that's not the same as non allergens and -- non -- means it's not gonna you know. Kill anybody to -- -- but for children were allergic that's a different story right and with masks keep in mind you know that's not eating the -- but. It's right on your face. You know there you know there's little contact in this since it could be with saliva that's coming into the attic -- the little and it and carry the child divisional that it doesn't fit properly -- -- -- probably or eyes swell up and things like that and and you know then also you make up. Will make it does not meant to be eaten it's not a food on the other hand lipstick. Right you know can irritate your -- irritating skin it can irritate -- and let them most of the stuff that's meant for kids. Is gonna be nontoxic like that but there's always the chance for that kind of analogy -- try those things on at a time -- telephone that it may be try to convince them to -- the math perhaps might be a good idea every -- really sensitive and you know that everything makes -- -- allergic. Right and yet -- warrant and I don't imagine that some children are alleged to pumpkins. A regular to get pretty much any -- -- mean it's rare to be allergic upon this but it can happen and also. If it's not necessarily pumpkins it may be in a pumpkin muffin. If there are traces have -- or or if somebody else is preparing to be really don't know whether or not there's -- cross contamination. So that's that's -- -- also a problem so things like baked goods from places where you're not really familiar that's that's that's a red flag there for parents with children and -- allegation just be a little bit more -- on Halloween but it's certainly doesn't mean that they can't -- no -- this is a -- this is a holiday that's for kids and it's about fun and make it that -- and it doesn't always have to be about food you can -- trick -- -- you know things that are like stickers and little -- happens and that's that doesn't always have to be about. You know food it can be about stuff burial and I non edible stuff you know they -- that just as much thank you so much factory you.

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