In a previous post, we have shared how seemingly innocent candies, sweet treats, and costume can spoil your child’s Halloween fun, in the event that allergies occur. Here are a few more things to watch out for.
Make-up. Halloween is an excuse to do fun things kids do not normally get to do: staying out late, receiving (and eating!) more candy than usual, and dressing up in the eccentric, the flamboyant, and the bizarre. In addition to all these, Halloween is also an excuse to wear make-up or face paint.
Allergy experts warn, however, that parents should keep an eye on the products that kids put on their faces. Choose face paints that wash off easily, and use good quality theater make-up. If a child is prone to eczema, it is best to avoid any greasy face paint.
It also helps to test make up on a small area of the skin before Halloween, to see if any reactions will occur.
Fog. Fog – man-made or otherwise – can trigger asthma attacks, according to the ACAAI. Dr. Clifford Bassett of the ACAAI shared that simulated fog “may often aggravate allergies (nasal and/or eye), sinus problems, and asthma.” Dr. Bassett suggests that children avoid direct or prolonged exposure to fog.
Haunted houses and other spooky places. Being scared out of one’s wits has become part and parcel of the Halloween experience, for the young and old alike. However, the emotions associated with these places may actually trigger asthma attacks in some children, according to the National Jewish Medical Center.
This does not mean, however, that children should be banned from experiencing the thrill of going inside the neighborhood haunted mansion – or Ghost Ship Barry, for instance. Parents are just advised to be prepared and have inhalers and medications on hand, should an asthma attack occur.