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How to Stay Safe This Halloween

This time of year can be so tricky trying to manage allergies and asthma! Triggers are everywhere!

what do you do to keep yourself and/or your child safe during Halloween from allergy/asthma triggers?

Do you avoid certain Halloween costumes/make up do to allergies/eczema? Are there certain places you stay away from due to bonfires or decorations?

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  • Shea

    I was so tempted to go to a fall festival. But my 6 year old and I both have allergies, and me asthma as well, and animal dander, dust/pollen, and smoke are huge triggers. Plus it is still very humid here in Florida. It is always so tempting– horses and farm animals–I have this idyllic farm infatuation– and little kids do too because they want to see and touch everything– but I haaaa e to remember these allergies are as real as our food allergies and I dont want an asthma attack, I dont want to trigger my allergic disease and have days of misery and possibly go up on prednisone. I dont want him itchy and eczema flared. We can do other things!!!! We have made a little halloween zone on the house with decorations, and will set up either a scavenger hunt or an "escape room" to do with family and friends that involes solving kid-friendly puzzles. And we can make some allergy-free treats too. I gotta remember to focus on tbe so many things we CAN do and stay away from those tempting things we will be better off not doung!

     

  • Melissa G
    Shea posted:

     I gotta remember to focus on tbe so many things we CAN do and stay away from those tempting things we will be better off not doung!

     

    Yes!! Very well said! If we focus on what we can do and not focus on what we shouldn't, it makes everything so much easier. 

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    My DD is all set with her Alex Morgan (soccer player extraordinaire) costume (jersey and matching shorts)…I'm thankful she is not into masks because I'm allergic to latex and I really don't want her walking in the dark not being able to see well. 

    Since I'm still dealing with air quality issues, I'm guessing that that my mask will be a part of my costume this year  We have a no eating candy rule until we can see the loot and go through it together. 

    What are everyone's kiddos going as this year?

    Brenda

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Melissa, that's a great idea! I have a hospital shirt that I bought while I was at AAP conference a couple of years ago–I thought it would make for a great Halloween costume, and then promptly forgot about it.

    Now, I just have to find it!  (lol!)

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Oh, by the way, Olivia has asked me to go as her soccer ball…since she is soccer star, Alex Morgan. I've found a couple of ideas on pinterest. I think I'm going to just use two pieces of cardboard (cut in a circle) and then paint them in a soccer ball pattern. Then, I'll attach the two pieces together with Velcro strips and wear the strips on my shoulders..one ball in front of me and the other ball in back of me. Does that make sense? That's the only way I can think of where it doesn't involve extreme crafting.

  • Shea

    Brenda, that is a great way to make a soccer ball — and that is a cute matching costume idea

    My son Tommy is going as Mario (he loves Mario video ganes) and I am going as Luigi to match. We have red and green hats and overalls. We are going to a street festival the Saturday before. 

    He knows for me to check candy. My main annoyance is the "may contain peanuts" general statement on candies that typically have no peanuts like regular mnms… Both of us eat regular mnms and do not have reactions. But it makes me not want to eat them when it says that because as a policy I avoid products that say "may contain —-". .. To me it is saying "this may kill you". So it is tough… It is hard to say ok to mnms but no to other stuff with that label but he loves mnms and I just do not understand that statement. What do you guys think?

     

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Thanks Shea!  I hear you on the may contains confusion. Does the big package of M&Ms say may contain too? Or is it just the snack size?

    Brenda

  • Shea

    All of them. I just checked out their website and it says:

    "Use of “May Contain <allergen>” labeling:

    It is our company policy that if the protein from any one of the top eight allergens* were to be unintentionally transferred from one product/ingredient to another then we would clearly indicate this in a statement just below the ingredient declaration ("Allergy Information: May Contain <allergen>"). To be clear, we use the “May Contain <allergen>” statement when:

    1. We have used all reasonable means to eliminate the allergen cross contact; and
    2. We have documented proof that, despite our best cleaning efforts, allergen cross contact still exists."

    …. So I guess the MnMs have some level of peanut :/   not enough to cause us a reaction but I guess I better avoid it. 

    … Next step: find mnm substitutes.

  • Shea

    Jeesh, I just read a news story about a peanut-allergic child dying from eating regular mnms… So they are definitely OUT now.

  • Melissa G

    We avoid all items that say: manufactured with peanuts/tree nuts, made on shared lines and made in facility. There is just no way to know. 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I used to dress up and wear make up but I can't go through that anymore. No bonfires. Don't even use our fireplace anymore. Can't breathe from the smoke and the smell. It's a bad trigger. I have no children. We can't give out candy because we live at the end of a dark shared driveway in the woods. 👻 Halloween has pretty much been over for the last 9 years for me. Everyone that goes trick or treating must be extremely careful! Hopefully you all have fun in a safe way!!  Hugs! 🎃  from Jack O. Lantern and Debbie

  • Shea

    Haha Debbie I am surprised you dont get those stray preteens daring eachother to go to the "spooky house" knocking! My neighborhood is made up of a lot of elderly people and I asked one neighbor (it is my first halloween here) if there is any trick or treating and she said no, but I will keep extra candy and nonfood treats (stickers, toys) just in case someone knocks.

    Usually I have a halloween party but I just dont want to this year (it is too hot outside and I dont want a bunch of people inside my house because if they own pets the dander will get in and I just dont need that). So we are going to the city street halloween festival the Saturday before– very kid and family friendly and has trick or treating there. We decorated the house lots and we have a few games to play and movies to watch on the real Halloween (nothing too scary, just fun and cute and a little spooky). And if course SAFE candy and treats– I just still am torn on what to eat because for years I have been eating "shared equipment" and "processed in fa facility that also processes nuts" things with no reaction– but I know I am avoiding "may contain" for sure.

  • Melissa G
    Shea posted:

    And if course SAFE candy and treats– I just still am torn on what to eat because for years I have been eating "shared equipment" and "processed in fa facility that also processes nuts" things with no reaction– but I know I am avoiding "may contain" for sure.

    Shea, have you ever contacted those companies? Some I feel comfortable with others I do not after calling them. Sometimes they don't give much information but some do. 

  • Melissa G

    Halloween is only a few days away! What are your plans and how will you stay safe from your asthma/allergy triggers?

  • Shea

    I just decided there are plenty of sweets from peanut-free facilities with no "may contain" that we will stick to those. I notified all family of this change and why. I am most allergic thus far and my reactions get worse and worse to smaller and smaller amounts (especially peanut). 

    I have a teal candy bin of safe candy treats for Tommy and I, and two cauldrons of non-food treats, so no one will be without at any of the events. Tommy has been reminded to check with me before eating anything and that there is no reason to sneak because I will just check it and tell him if it is safe, that is it. 

    We plan on going to a city event on Saturday, an event at Tommy's peanut-free homeschool co-op on Monday, and having our own spooky movie-game night on Halloween… It is all coming right up!!!!