How Can Halloween be Fun and Safe for Children with Asthma?
Halloween should be spooky and scary in a fun way, but how can you be sure that the fun is not taken away by any asthma complications? How can you keep this Halloween fun and safe at the same time for your child with asthma?
Here are 4 tips that can help you combine fun and safety this Halloween:
- The costume: Be sure to make a wise costume choice! Read the labels of the costumes before purchasing them. Avoid costumes made out of latex, a known asthma trigger. Also avoid masks or costumes that cover the face or the mouth and nose area. Chose light costumes that your child will be comfortable in.
- Avoid fragranced products: Avoid dyes or makeup products, hair sprays and body sprays that are fragranced. Such products could trigger asthma. Choose hypoallergenic products instead.
- Check the weather: Check the weather and the air quality on Halloween before sending your child out for trick or treating or any other outdoor activities. Dress your child according to the weather conditions. To check the air quality, you can download the State of Air application.
- Check the candy: If your child has any food allergies, make sure to check the candy they eat. Talk with your child and inform them about the treats they should avoid as well as where and when to contact you in case of an emergency. What you can also do is follow the “teal pumpkin project”, which suggests painting a pumpkin teal. The teal pumpkin project is dedicated in the protection of children with asthma and allergies during Halloween. Teal is the color of food allergy awareness. This will let your neighbors and other parents know that your child has asthma or food allergies. Raise awareness about the “Teal Pumpkin Project” and help diminish the numbers or chances of allergic reactions this Halloween! For more info about the “Teal Pumpkin Project” click here.
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