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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Halloween is a lot of fun for kids with all the costumes and candy, but for those with severe allergies, it can be a nightmare.
An estimated 8 million kids are living with food allergies – that’s 1 in every 13.
Those food allergies, however, don’t have to ruin Halloween fun.
Doctor Sandra Hong recommends parents who have kids with food allergies prepare a few tricks and treats of their own.
Hong says the most common food allergies are milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts and tree nuts – which makes chocolate candy the most risky since it often contains several of the ingredients.
” I ask that they bring their own treats when they go trick-or-treating. At that time, I want them to have EpiPens with them,” Hong said. “I want them to encourage their kids not to eat unless they’ve brought some safe snacks for them and I want the parents to take a look at all of them before the kids actually eat them.”
Parents are advised to keep an eye out for homes offering treats that are safe for kids with allergies – they usually have a teal pumpkin out front and hand out things like glow sticks and small toys.
Doctors recommend parents have two EpiPens on them at all times during Halloween and while trick-or-treating.
>> Click here to see a list of allergy-safe candy.
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