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Many children will be trick or treating tonight; filling up their bags, buckets, and pillow cases will all types of candy. But this can be a tricky time for kids with food allergies.

 A growing number of children experience food allergies these days, but that doesn't mean they should miss out on the Halloween experience. But, parents need to take a few basic precautions to make sure their kids stay safe and healthy while trick or treating. Trinity's Dr. Michael Reder was in full costume today, giving me a few tips to pass along.

 "The motto, when it comes to food allergies and trick-or-treating is, when in doubt, throw it out. So, you want to read the labels," says Dr. Michael Reder, allergist.

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration require food manufacturers to list the most common ingredient that trigger food allergies. Like; milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, and wheat.

 "If your child has a food allergy, one of these common food allergies found in candies, we recommend that number one you go with the children, you supervise them on the trick-or-treating and they should not be allowed to eat any candy while they're out," says Reder.

 Reder recommends all candy be sorted out and screened by and adult when they get home. But, it's always best to be prepared.

 "You should also bring your Epi Pen during trick-or-treating just in case somebody accidentally eats something they're not supposed to," says Reder.

 Tell your child not to accept any unwrapped treats.

 Reder says it's best to let everyone in the group know the situation with their child's allergies, just to keep everyone informed. No child should have to miss out on trick-or-treating, just be safe and cautious. Wrapped candy is safe as long you go through all the candy at the end of the night.

 

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