Oct
30

Last year I worked to raise awareness about food allergies and Halloween, encouraging people to be mindful that not all kids can eat Snickers. I published “Three Tips to Make Your House a Food Allergy-Friendly Stop” which was shared quite a bit. It’s still relevant and I encourage you to check it out.

This year I’m working on helping my 5 year old navigate school and after-school parties, as well as trick or treating. How can she be an advocate for herself when she can’t read? Although I work hard to make sure all the adults who help care for her are educated and I try to personally read every food label whenever I can… it’s just not always possible. So I need to teach this kiddo what candy is safe and what isn’t… and hope she doesn’t ever try to sneak a piece of unsafe candy when no one is looking (this hasn’t happened with us, but I’ve heard of it with other families…).

Although she can’t read labels, she certainly is old enough to recognize (sight-read) logos and types of candy. I figure she can help with the sorting this year and help make sure her teachers are making the right decisions at school. So I created a simple tool for her that we reviewed last night and we’ll refer to this year to help her and I make decisions. One side are the candies she can eat safely and the other are common Halloween candies that are not safe for her.

I’m sharing this because I’ve never seen anything like this before and thought it might help someone. Feel free to create your own, or drop me your email address and I can send you mine as a starting point (It’s a Word doc).

 

 

When it comes to food allergies, each person’s candy list is different. My daughter’s allergies are to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and melons. This means she can eat some candies that people who are allergic to wheat or gluten cannot. Some people with peanut allergies can eat Kit Kats, but she cannot because of her milk allergy. So please don’t use this list above as a universal “what’s safe for kids with food allergies” – it’s simply what’s safe for my daughter.

Generally speaking, I’ve found Smarties, Dots and Dum Dum suckers to be pretty universally safe for most people with food allergies because they are mostly sugar. If you could mix one of those options into your candy this year, I know a bunch of kiddos who would really appreciate it.

Happy and safe Halloween, friends.

 

You can find more food allergy posts, tips & recipes on my Food Allergy page. I’d also love to connect with you on my Marketing Mama facebook page and twitter. This post, and all posts on this blog, are written from my experiences as a parent of a child with food allergies. I am not a medical expert or a nutritionist. Consult with a doctor on your personal medical situation.

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