Halloween is upon us and I have a love/hate relationship with this evening. I met my husband at a Halloween party many years ago, so that’s cool. However, Halloween can be a very stressful evening for me. You wonder why? My boys are allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and sesame seeds. When I first found out the allergy results for each boy, I told to myself : “What is the big deal?
I will just avoid all nuts and it will be fine”. I took this approach for a while until two scary incidents occurred.
My oldest son loved a cereal that was made in a facility that also processes peanuts and tree nuts.I used to buy it anyway, thinking, “What could happen? Is not that it HAS nuts”. WRONG.
One morning after eating this cereal, he started coughing out of nowhere. I mean not just mildly coughing but coughing pretty hard without relief. I immediately knew something was not right and gave him two puffs of Albuterol and Benadryl. The cough subsided and he went about his normal day while I threw away the cereal in question and never, ever bought anything made in a facility that handles nuts.
The second episode happened to my second son who at the time was two. He ate a chocolate peanut butter candy by accident at a party and had a bad allergic reaction. I had to call 911, ride an ambulance and do the Epipen while he was hysterical! The Epipen did it’s job while we got to the hospital. But once at the hospital, he started having a second anaphylactic shock. His little body started to get covered with more hives and he was struggling to breath. The doctors reacted fast and put an IV and administered a second dose of epinephrine. Once my little guy was stable the doctors had us stay overnight at the hospital and make sure he could breathe well. We slept together in a single hospital bed and although
I was freaked out by the whole incident, I was super thankful my little guy was sleeping calmly and I could snuggle up to his enormous, squishy cheeks.
Sooo, going back to Halloween, we all go trick or treating and many well-intentioned families give out delicious peanut butter cups and other candy bars with nuts. I have trained the boys to say thank you and move on to another house. They are both 9 and 6 and having self-control is something that they’ve had to learn at a very young age. Now I still never let my guard down, I remind them of what could happen if they eat a candy I haven’t approved of so they know very well not to eat ANY candy until we get back home from trick or treating. At the end of the evening,
I meticulously go through their candy and throw away any candy that has nuts and any other candy manufactured at a facility that process nuts. Then, I will replace the dangerous candy with safe candy free of nuts.
I’ve put together a brief list of safe candy for families with nut allergies. Maybe you know someone with a nut allergy or you are going to send candy to your school. The list below might become handy for you and your family. Please this is only a GUIDE. If you or someone in your family has nut allergies or is gluten intolerant or any other allergy, please always check the labels and make the wisest choice for you and your family. Thank you for reading! As always I love your comments and thoughts!
Yummy Earth Lollipops
Surf Sweets Gummi Bears
Surf Sweets Scary Spiders
Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate
Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks
Skittles – (All varieties)
Sour Patch Kids
There are more safe foods for tree nut, peanut allergic people on this list: Finally, this website is a great resource for families and schools: “Snack Safely”.
Thank you for reading and have a safe and happy Halloween!