What resources are available for kids with food allergies or sensitivities?
For kids with allergies, aversions, sensitivities, and medical issues such as Prader-Willi syndrome, treats can be tricky, especially around holiday seasons and celebrations. Many candies contain nuts, milk, egg, soy, and/or wheat. The Food Allergy Research & Education website (FARE) has information about avoiding allergens.
While the top 9 allergens (milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soybeans, and sesame oil) account for over 90% of allergic reactions, there are 200 reported allergens. There is no such thing as “allergy-free” candy. However, you can check out these gluten-free candy options, nut-free brands, and dairy-free options.
For more information about enjoying celebrations while navigating potential allergens in food, check out this article.