Plan forward to maintain Halloween protected for youths with bronchial asthma, allergy symptoms

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Plan ahead to keep Halloween safe for kids with asthma, allergies

This Halloween can be especially challenging for parents of children with asthma and allergies as they need to protect themselves from COVID-19 as well.

"Every year we send out tips on how to keep your children with allergies and asthma symptoms free when they are celebrating one of their favorite holidays," said allergist Dr. J. Allen Meadows, President of the American College for Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI).

"This year, along with our usual guidance, we would like to alert people to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and their recommendations for preventing COVID-19," Meadows said in a college press release.

When planning your vacation, keep the following tips from the ACAAI in mind:

When kids are attending events, outdoor activities are always best. Children have to wear a mask and keep social distance. There are fabric masks with Halloween motifs that help protect against COVID-19. Therefore, children should be encouraged to choose a costume that works with a protective mask.

An ordinary costume mask is no substitute for a mask for protection against the coronavirus. According to the CDC, a costume mask should not be worn over a cloth mask if the costume mask makes breathing difficult.

Try doing Halloween activities in your area where you can control the environment and allergens. For example, if your child has a food allergy, you can ensure that all treats are allergen-free.

Ideas for fun at home include carving pumpkins, a costume parade via Zoom, or a scavenger hunt around the house or yard with family members.

If your child is trick or treating, the CDC recommends a single-use approach, where individual family goodie bags are lined up at the end of a driveway or the edge of a yard.

When preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing the bags. If your child is trick or treating, check their bag for candy that may contain food allergens.

If your child with allergies or asthma is attending a Halloween event, or doing one-way trick or treating, make sure they have their supplies with them.

Children with asthma should carry their inhaler as breaking moldy leaves can cause asthma symptoms. If a child has a food allergy, they shouldn't leave the house without their adrenaline auto-injector in case they sneak a treatment that contains a possible allergen.

Six keys to a safe, allergy-free Halloween

More information:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is running more holiday celebrations during the pandemic.

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