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Halloween and Peanut Allergies

jlafler | Nov 5, 200709:29 PM     30

Our daughter, who is almost two, went trick-or-treating for the first time this year. She's allergic to peanuts, and after she went to bed we ended up discarding about 80% of the candy in her bag. Some of it was obvious: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (which I love and used to give out myself!), peanut M&Ms, etc. Other stuff we got rid of due to the almost-ubiquitous "may contain traces" warnings. That left a package of Skittles, a Mounds bar, a lollipop, and a tangerine. We replaced the missing candy with leftovers from the treats we gave out.

Does anybody have advice on dealing with this problem? This year, she is too young to realize that we tampered with her bag, but next year I doubt we'll be so lucky.

The whole thing made me sad -- and retroactively guilty for having given out PB cups in the past.

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