It has been a busy fall to say the least! We’re just wrapping up travel soccer season today for my boys and believe it or not I have not shopped for Halloween candy! Over the years my list has grown quite a bit which is amazing for parents with children that have multiple food allergies. There are so many wonderful food allergy friendly options we can buy for our children and ensure they will have an amazing SAFE Halloween!
Additionally, if you are supporting FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project this year as we always do, please have several non-candy treat items for children that may not be able to have candy at all. Typically, I have a bowl of pencils, erasers, stickers, temporary tattoos, small toys, etc. I purchase these little gifts on amazon.com and our local dollar store. Oh, and don’t forget to proudly display your TEAL PUMPKIN on Halloween night like we do!
Please Note: ALWAYS check ingredients! This list is only meant to be used as a guide:
Amanda’s Own Confections
No Whey Chocolate
Enjoy Life chocolate bars
Peeps (some flavors have “Milk” double check ingredients)
Mike and Ikes
Surf Sweets Natural Gummies, Jelly Beans & Lollipops
Starburst Tropical Candy Corn (the only candy corn brand I have found to be egg-free)
Sour Patch Kids (most varieties I believe)
Dum Dum Lollipops
Starburst fruit chews, lollipops, & jelly beans
Jolly Rancher hard candy (lollipops are made on shared equipment so I do not purchase them)
Kraft Marshmallows (and most marshmallow brands)
Skittles (most flavors I believe)
PASCHA Chocolate bars
Airheads (small- big airheads have dairy!)
A few weeks ago I posted a full article that compared the generic “Adrenaclick Auto Injector” to the Mylan Epi-Pen. I mentioned that our insurance company automatically filled this generic auto injector in lieu of the mainstream Epi-Pen as of January 1st, 2017 when all of the insurance companies changed their RX coverage plans for the new year. I discussed in quite length the pros and cons, and noted that I did not have any confidence in this product because I have not had to use it.
As a follow up here is what I have found:
- It took 6 weeks for me to receive the several “Trainer” pens I ordered online from the website I discussed. To my dismay, the trainer pen when pushed into the thigh, does not make a “click” sound and the spring in the device does not budge at all. It didn’t make me feel like this was the reality of how this pen would actually work if I was using this in an emergency situation.
- I realized the actual auto injectors when dispensed, will not retract the needle once you remove the injector from the thigh after the medicine is administered. I think this is dangerous and how does one dispose of this?
- Although I’m not pleased with either of the two points I mentioned above, this pen was still a $0 co-pay and although not easy to use, I’m sure it would work well if need be.
Again, these thoughts are 100% my opinion. After all of my research and actually trying to practice using this generic Adrenaclick trainer product, we have decided not to let our boys carry these pens. Additionally, we have not taken them to our son’s school either. I just don’t feel confident with this product. This is because it’s so vastly different from Mylan’s Epi-Pen and Auvi-Q, and my concern is that a caregiver of school employee may not know how to properly use this product in an emergency situation, when time is of the essence.
Last week was my boy’s annual food allergy appointment at the University of Michigan where they have been receiving amazing food allergy treatment for the last 6 years! Our doctor wrote new scripts for each boy and stated on the script “Generic for Mylan 0.3mg Epi-Pen.” I then filled these scripts at the pharmacy and the cost was only $35.00 for 2 two packs! The generic Mylan Epi-Pen is actually the same auto injector but significantly less in price. In addition, I have used Auvi-Q’s Patient Affordability Program to order the new injectors for each of my boys! This is paid for 100% by Auvi-Q and is a home delivery prescription service. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this program! We have always be a HUGE fan of Auvi-Q and we’re thrilled they are back on the market! As a mother of 2 boys, the Auvi-Q’s are small enough to fit in their pant or jacket pockets.
At the end of the day, every family needs to do what is best for them specifically. Personally, I don’t feel comfortable carrying a life-saving device that I’m not 120% confident with which is to be used as the first line of defense during an allergic reaction. I encourage everyone to do their own research and make an educated decision. The bottom line is that it’s wonderful that we, as food allergy families, now have more choices when it comes to epinephrine.
Have a great weekend!
Labels must be read every time since processing and ingredients can change at any time. Please check for tree nuts & peanuts. Also, see any allergen warning for “may contain” or “made on/processed on the same equipment as” or “processed in the same manufacturing facility as…”
Suggested Safe Snacks:
- Fruits & Vegetables are highly encouraged (no cream dips/peanut butter)
- Also, Sunmaid & Meijer Brand Raisins & Most apple sauce containers including GoGo Squeez
- Meijer Brand Naturals Baked Sea Salt natural pita crackers;
- Silk Soy Yogurt (blueberry & strawberry)—ALWAYS read this label as several Silk Soy Yogurt flavors are processed on the same equipment as almonds!
- Nabisco Honey Maid Graham Crackers or Spartan Brand Honey Graham Crackers
- Nabisco Whole Grain Premium Saltine Crackers
- Nabisco Low Sodium Premium Saltine Crackers
- Nabisco “Original” Wheat Thins (Whole Grain) Crackers
- Triscuit Original Whole Grain Wheat Crackers
- Back to Nature Harvest Whole Wheat, Crispy Wheat, Organic Satines & Organic Stoneground Wheat Crackers
- Glutino Brand Pretzels, Gold Pretzels, GFS Pretzels
- Keebler CLUB crackers
- Ritz Crackers (no sandwiches)
- Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips and Multi Grain Pita Chips
- Sabre Original Hummus, Tribe Organic Roasted Garlic Hummus, Meijer Original Hummus
- Whole Grain Cheerios (not honey nut)
- Rice Chex
- I.M. Healthy Original Creamy Soynut Butter (peanut free) & Safe 4School WOW Butter
- Sunbutter & “Sneaky Chef” No Nut Butter
- Pringles The Original
- Live G Free (Aldie’s brand) pretzels
- Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars
- All Enjoy Life products
- Lotus Biscoff Spread Smooth and Crunchy
- Lundberg Brown Rive Organic Rice Cakes (Grain Train & Walmart)
- Most brands of Tortilla Chips- Always check the labels as many contain “Nuts”
- Most brands of salsa
- Cascadian Farm Organic Oatmeal Raisin Chewy Granola Bars
- Most Oreo Cookies are safe (read label)
Common UNSAFE FOODS (please avoid):
- Most granola bars contain nuts
- Luna Bars & many protein bars
- Most Candy Bars contain nuts (M & M’s also)
- Trail Mix
- Hostess Snacks and most processed cookies/sweet snacks