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Dear Alexander,

Last year, I had an allergic reaction from something that I ate on Halloween. Now I am nervous about trick-or-treating, but I still want to go. Do you have any advice for me?

I’m sorry to hear you had a reaction last year. But don’t let that stop you from having fun. Instead, think about what you have learned about your reaction, and that information to help keep yourself safe this year. For example, did you ask an adult to read the ingredient label before you ate the treat? Did the label have a “May Contain” warning on it that may have been overlooked? Talk to your parents and come up with a game plan for how Halloween will be handled this year. Some good rules to follow include:

So, what can you do if you collect Halloween candy that you cannot eat? Lots of kids who manage food allergies come up with a plan for what to do in this situation. The most popular idea is trading candy that contains food allergens for treats that do not.

Have fun and be careful!

Good luck!

Your friend,

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The information above is not designed to take the place of a doctor’s instructions. Patients are urged to contact a doctor for specific information regarding guidelines for care.

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