'Teal Pumpkin Project' gives kids with food allergies options

Teal Pumpkin Project keeps Halloween safe for children with food allergies

Teal Pumpkin Project keeps Halloween safe for children with food allergies

Tami Marks has a 4-year-old with a food allergy and sometimes trick-or-treating is scary. With eggs, soy and wheat also common allergies in kids, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, finding treats without tricks can be a challenge on Halloween night. "We just want everyone to be included and that is what the Teal Pumpkin Project does is to help kids with food allergies and there are a lot, its a growing number".

"All people need to do is have a teal pumpkin or sign outside their door to show they have non-edible treats (such as little toys or glow sticks) as an alternative to candy, or in addition to candy they're already handing out available for children with food allergies", she said. Teal is the color used for food allergy awareness.

"Not everybody understands food allergies", said Erica Kramer, whose son has food allergies.

Halloween is Tuesday and if you haven't painted your pumpkins teal yet, don't worry, you still have some time. "Especially in times like Halloween where they go trick-or-treating".

Avoid candy and treats that do not have an ingredient label.

Carrying an epinephrine auto-injector, which treats all anaphylaxis, is also a good safety measure. "So, that was not fun it's like the best part".

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Keep the emphasis on the fun, rather than the candy.

Food Allergy Research & Education, which launched the Teal Pumpkin Project in 2014, is the nation's leading organization dedicated to food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness and the world's largest private source of funding for food allergy research.

The Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) says there are 15 million people nationwide who have a food allergy, and that includes children.

More and more teal pumpkins are popping up on front porches including in CT. Use of the symbol is tied to the Teal Pumpkin Project. For more information about food allergies, visit http://www.foodallergy.org.

As per Food Allergy Research and Education, in every classroom, two children suffer from a life-threatening food allergy, on an average. With food allergies on the rise in our youth today, it's a wonder that we still celebrate Halloween the same way we have for decades.

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