Health Watch - Halloween: Peanut Allergies

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about enjoying Halloween safely. For kids with peanut allergies, the treats can be as frightening as the tricks.

Peanuts cause some of the worst food-induced allergic reactions, and nearly 8 percent of young children are allergic to peanut products. For these children, even a small taste of peanut can be deadly.

Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla, chief of allergy at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says peanut allergy sufferers or their parents should be careful about reading ingredient labels on treats to make sure they don’t contain peanuts or weren’t manufactured in places that use peanuts. Fun-sized candy bars may not have full ingredient lists, so check the manufacturers’ web sites. Allergy sufferers should avoid homemade treats unless they can be sure of the ingredients. It’s safest to stick to hard candies or national brands that you know are safe.  

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October 2010


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