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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:25 pm 
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Food allergy tends to be the foremost concern when it comes to Halloween, but the AAAAI points out in this new media release that there are also issues to watch out for with asthma and environmental allergies:

October 21, 2009

Halloween scares for children with allergies and asthma

MILWAUKEE – Parents of children with food allergies are aware of the dangers lurking in Halloween treats, but little attention is paid to asthma, which can also be frightening for asthmatic children participating in Halloween festivities.

“If your child suffers from asthma and/or allergies, be aware and prepared for potential triggers to ensure a safe and fun time for all during the holidays,” according to Clifford W. Bassett, MD, FAAAAI, Chair of the Public Education Committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).

The AAAAI offers these tips to help children with asthma and allergies safely enjoy the holiday and stay out of hospital emergency rooms:

Beware of costumes. Mold, dust and latex products can be major asthma triggers. Don’t recycle costumes from the attic or basement, and wash new costumes before wearing. Halloween masks can trap dust and mold, so keep your child mask-free.
Don’t enter homes. Keep your child on the door step of homes while trick-or-treating. Asthma triggers in the houses of others may include cigarette smoke or pet dander.
Watch for weather changes. Cold air and humidity can make breathing difficult for children with asthma. Make certain your child is dressed appropriately for the conditions.
Under the weather. If you child is feeling poorly, hold off on trick-or-treating. Cold and flu symptoms can severely aggravate asthma conditions.
Lurking food allergies. Halloween can be troublesome for those with food allergies. If this includes your child, read every food label and be a “label detective,” so you know what the ingredients are before your child touches or eats the product. This means avoiding homemade treats.
Be prepared. When trick-or-treating, be prepared for an emergency. For food allergies, carry an epinephrine pen. For asthma, keep a rescue inhaler close at hand.
For more from the AAAAI, see www.aaaai.org.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:07 pm 
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Good points! R-- is often nervous of walking through those fog machines. I think they're just water vapour from dried ice, but it's scary for her non-the-less.

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