Count yourself fortunate if your kiddo is in a daycare classroom where caregivers are still able to bring in treats! The current statistics found that life-threatening food allergies affect one in 13 US children; about two in every classroom. Keep in mind, 30 percent of children with a food allergy are generally allergic to more than one food. Food allergies are not the same as food intolerance’s, as symptoms of a food allergy can send a child to the emergency room!
Food allergies are becoming more common
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that food allergies in children have increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011!
What causes a food allergy?
The body’s immune system, when functioning properly, identifies and destroys bacteria or viruses that make you ill. A food allergy occurs when your body misinterprets a food protein, and as a result, it becomes marked as an allergen.
Studies are finding that genetics may play a role in developing food allergies, and when kids have other early reactions, like Eczema or hay fever, they are at greater risk of a food allergy.
The big eight food allergens
Be mindful and bring in treats that all the children can enjoy, which means you may need to find out if there are any kids with food allergies, or you may choose to be proactive and include treats free from all eight of the most common food allergens!
Food allergies are very serious, and when you consider bringing goodies to the classroom, keep in mind the eight most common food allergens:
Identify as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project
Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project (TPP)? TPP is a wonderful project that supports and raises awareness for kiddos with food allergies. Simply paint a pumpkin teal to identify your classroom as refuge from the eight major food allergens listed above. You may also contemplate non-food items for Halloween fun!
What to bring?
The eight major allergens excludes a lot of traditional Halloween treats to bring. Keep in mind these allergens may be hidden in traditional halloween candy, so avoid bringing in candy unless it is certified!
Fruit and cheese kabobs (wheat, egg, and nut free)
Homemade potato chips (dairy, wheat, egg, and nut free)
Popcorn (wheat, egg, and nut free)
Fruit leather (dairy, wheat, egg, and nut free).
For specific recipes check out: https://elanaspantry.com/
Below is a list of allergy-friendly Halloween treats, but make sure to ALWAYS read the ingredient lists!
Check out specialty and natural grocery stores to find the following allergen-free candies:
Amore Di Mona
Enjoy Life Foods
Wrigley/Mars (*only Skittles, Starburst, and Life Savers)
Halloween themed rings/stickers/erasers/stamps
Mini fidget spinners
Child’s World Academy
Now that you’re armed and educated about common food allergens, request a tour with Child’s World Academy today!