Food allergies and Halloween

- Halloween is a fun time for most children as they run door to door to get their treats.

But what if your child is allergic to nuts, or milk?  With eggs, soy and wheat also common allergies in kids, one organization is getting you ready to think about teal as the new orange.

According to Food Allergy Research & Education, or FARE, one in 13 children in the U.S. has at least one food allergy, and reports show that anaphylactic food reactions have climbed dramatically in recent years.

And  because of that alarming statistic one mom  took matters into her own hand 4 years ago by painting a  pumpkin teal.  Teal is the color of food allergies awareness.  When you see a teal pumpkin outside someone's home, it's a sign for kids with allergies to know its a safe zone.

Here are some examples of things you can give out at Halloween that are safe:

Pencils

Erasers

Glow sticks

Bubbles

Tattoos

LED finger lights

Wacky fingers

Plastic fang teeth

Plastic rings

Slinkys

To take part in a Fare's Food Allergy Heroes Walk to raise money for allergy research go to: 

http://fare.foodallergy.org/site/PageServer?pagename=heroes_walk_splash

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