Easter is coming, and if you are new to the allergic child scene you are probably figuring out that this is but one of many holidays that centers around candy and children! Halloween, Valentines day and Easter all torture the allergic child with the candy displays and commercials. Of course there are SOME candies you can probably find that will be safe; this will be harder if corn is your allergy. I know for us, we wont be coloring Easter eggs at all, after Jacob’s anaphylactic reaction to them I am not even going to try! However there is another option ~ Try checking out EggNots– ceramic dyeable easter eggs so your kids can still enjoy the fun of coloring the eggs! Another option is buying the wooden eggs at the craft store and painting them!
Last year I bought an Easter Rabbit candy mold, and melted “Caleb-safe” Chocolate into the mold, and made our own chocolate rabbits. Now, I have NO experience in making candies or chocolate, so if you do- then I am sure you can be more creative that I was, and if not- then hey, if I can do it~So can you! Some allergy safe decorated sugar cookies would be another idea to try.
Jelly Belly Jellybeans are NOT safe- however there are some brands that are not manufactured with peanuts/tree nuts; but you will need to read labels! Gimbals Jellybeans are allergen free and great! ~ in my house we have done Starbursts, Sweet tarts, and Dum Dum lollipops, gum, Skittles, Peeps, and Airheads~are the candies we turn to for my older son who is allergic to dairy, peanuts, and tree nuts. For my younger son who is also allergic to strawberries, soy, and canola, egg, among many other things, it is a bit trickier. What I am finding myself doing is getting them stuff that is not candy~for example: toys, stickers, movies, books, Matchbox cars, bubbles, bubble-bath, Zhu-zhu pets, dinosaurs, beach towel, kite, ~you get the idea!~and if you have a girl there is always nail polish, lip gloss, Squinkies, etc.~
If your family tradition is the Easter egg hunt, you can let your child trade in his eggs for a prize, such as the toy he has been coveting! [This plan works well at Halloween too!] I hope these ideas help you bounce through the Easter holiday! If you have any traditions of your own you would like to share we would love to hear about them!