Halloween for Special Needs – What You Can Do!

Halloween for Special Needs – What You Can Do!

Trick or Treating can be a scary time of the year for many children with food allergies. Not only that but many children, like my own, are tube fed and don’t eat candy, they want to enjoy Halloween too! Halloween is one holiday that we have to make special arrangements for the children who have special needs. And we have a few ideas about what you can do to help! I have seen two campaigns to make accommodations for ghosts and goblins with special needs. One is from the Food Allergy Research & Education and it’s called the Teal Pumpkin Project. It’s gaining traction too! According to this article, “Food Allergy Research & Education’s first Facebook post about the Teal Pumpkin Project, reached 2.7 million people in less than 72 hours, the organization reported. Posts about the project have been shared a combined 31,000 times. This year marks the first time the idea has been promoted nationally.” The campaign asks everyone who has a non-food item that they are giving away to paint a pumpkin teal and place it where it is visible to everyone on Halloween Eve! Great idea! Honestly, I think the most difficult thing with this is actually going out to buy the teal paint, if only it were something everyone had handy! The other, aimed for being welcoming for all children with special needs, including allergies and tubies, is the Mommies of Miracles decal and registration of cooperating houses. This is the first year that this group has started this campaign and it’s taking a bit of time to get traction but if they keep...
The Peanut Doctor

The Peanut Doctor

There is some new hope for parents of children with severe food allergies. It’s creating some buzz in the special needs community and recently a news report caught my eye. There is a doctor in Utah who is trying a dangerous new strategy to help kids tackle severe allergies. This amazing new allergy treatment is given by Dr. Jones, who runs the Rocky Mountain Food Allergy Treatment Center in Layton, Utah – Where kids are being treated to overcome severe allergies to food such as peanuts, milk, eggs and wheat. Graduates of his program will ideally have diets that include the very poisons that could kill them today. It’s ground-breaking and they say they are one of the only treatment center’s doing this in the mid-west. Parents are coming to him with the hope of not living with the fear that they have to watch every food item that goes not only in their child’s mouth, but sometimes even around them or touching their skin. I have seen helpful travel tip where allergy parents are advised to cover their strollers for fear that another child might touch it and leave a trace of a dangerous allergen. It’s scary. The process Dr. Jones uses involves breaking the food down to the protein responsible for the severe reactions, isolating that protein and slowly introducing the protein and the food into their diet. Kids are given weekly introductions of the food in a controlled environment. Building up gradually to eating a full peanut after about 6 months, and it can go from there. As you can imagine this process and the treatment...