Boston doctor offers top food allergy tips for trick-or-treating

Boston doctor offers top food allergy tips for trick-or-treating this Halloween



IMPACT A WHOLE LOT AND RHONDELLA OVER TO YOU. RHONDELLA: TRICK-OR-TREATING TOP OF MIND AND 5 ON YOUR HEALTH. HALLOWEEN JUST AROUND THE CORNER, BUT MANY GHOSTS AND GOBLINS WILL BE ON THE CANDY HUNT THIS WEEKEND. IF ALLERGIES ARE A CONCERN. THERE ARE THINGS THAT PARENTS NEED TO KEEP IN MIND. JOINING US WITH IMPORTANT SIZE IS THE DIRECTOR OF FOOD ALLERGY ADD VERY CASSIE, EDUCATION AND PREVENTION AT MASS HOSPITAL. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING. WE WANT THE KIDS TO HAVE FUN THIS HALLOWEEN, BUT WE WANT THEM ALL TO BE SAFE. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN TELL US ABOUT THE ALLERGIES AND HOW PARENTS CAN PREPARE? >> YEAH, THE BASICS OF FOOD ALLERGY MANAGEMENT ARE SOMETHING THAT WE TEACH TO OUR PATIENTS ALL THE TIME. THE BASICS ARE THE PILLAR OF AVOIDANCE AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS. YOU NEED TO READ TABLES, PREVENT CROSS CONTACT AND COMMUNICATE ABOUT THE CHILD’S ALLERGY, TO BE PREPARED YOU NEED TO HAVE YOUR AUTO INJECTORS, THE MEDICINE THAT’S NEEDED FOR TAKING CARE OF AN ALLERGIC REACTION. AND YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO HAVE ENOUGH VISUALIZATION AND LIGHT TO SEE IF SOMEBODY’S HAVING AN ALLERGIC REACTION AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE MEANS TO CALL 911 OR TO GET HELP. NOW, THESE ARE THINGS THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO DO AT ALL TIMES, WHETHER THEY’RE AT SCHOOL, WHETHER THEY’RE AT HOME OR WHETHER THEY’RE WALKING AROUND THE COMMUNITY HAVING A HAPPY AND SAFE HALLOWEEN. >> YEAH, THERE’S SOMETHING TO KNOW THE LETTING THEM EAT THE CANDY MAYBE UNTIL THEY GET HOME SO YOU CAN WATCH THEM. TRICK-OR-TREATING COMES ALONG WITH MINI CANDIES, BUT SOMETHING A LOT OF PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT THE SMALLER VERSIONS OF THE SWEET TREAT, RIGHT? >> RIGHT. THE MINI CANDIES MAY NOT HAVE THE INGREDIENTS ON THE WRAPPER AT ALL. THAT’S THE CASE OF THIS ONE. SOMETIMES THE MINI CANDIES MAY HAVE DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS AND MANUFACTURING THAN THE LARGER ONES OR EVEN OTHERS. SO, BEFORE EATING ANY WRAPPED CANDY, ALWAYS LOOK AT THE INGREDIENT LIST, THOROUGHLY READ IT AND DON’T COUNT ON THE MINIS THAT YOU’VE SEEN IN OTHER PACKAGES. DON’T COUNT ON THE LARGER ONES. COUNT ON THE ONE THAT’S IN FRONT OF YOU AND IF THERE IS NO INGREDIENT LIST, DON’T GIVE IT TO YOUR KID. >> THAT COULD BE TOUGH. OK. SO IF YOUR CHILD COMES HOME ALL EXCITED WITH THE HAUL OF TREATS. WHAT’S THE BEST STRATEGY DIGGING IN WITHOUT SPOILING THEIR FUN? >> RIGHT, SO, HAVING SOME GUIDELINES THAT YOUR FAMILY WANTS TO THINK OF AND COME UP WITH BEFORE YOU DO IT, SO, YOU’RE NOT MAKING IMPORTANT DECISIONS RIGHT AT THE MOMENT, OR IT’S GOING TO BE HELPFUL. EVERYBODY’S GOING TO DO THINGS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY. MY SON HAS FOOD ALLERGIES AND WE USED TO HAVE HIM TRADE IT IN FOR TOYS. SO HE WOULD SAVE UP HIS CANDY AND THEN GIVE IT TO US AT THE END AND HE ACTUALLY DIDN’T WANT TO EAT IT BECAUSE HE DIDN’T WANT TO USE IT UP BECAUSE HE WANTED AS MANY LEGGOS AS HE COULD. OTHER PEOPLE DO IT FOR CASH. OTHER PEOPLE GET THE FOOD, SORT THROUGH IT LATER. DON’T HAVE THE KID EAT IT IN THE MOMENT BECAUSE LABEL READING WHEN IT’S DARK OUT WITH THOSE SMALL LABELS WHEN EVERYBODY’S MOVING CAST FAST CAN BE CHALLENGING. KNOW YOU CAN DO IT IN A PLACE YOU CAN DO IT THOROUGHLY AND MAKE IT FUN FOR YOUR KID EVEN IF THEY’RE NOT EATING IT AS YOU GO. >> I LOVE THAT, YOU CAN TRADE IT FOR A TOY. THANK YOU, DOCTOR

Boston doctor offers top food allergy tips for trick-or-treating this Halloween

The director of food allergy advocacy, education and prevention at Mass General for Children explains how it can be tricky to track ingredients for miniature candies.

The director of food allergy advocacy, education and prevention at Mass General for Children explains how it can be tricky to track ingredients for miniature candies.

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