Happy Halloween everyone. It’s great to get dressed up and go trick or treating and in this article we want to provide some thought provoking knowledge to ensure that this years Halloween is as safe as can be.
People like to cook and will make the most amazing cakes and cookies to provide as treats. Unfortunately some people may have allergic reactions to the ingredients that can be fatal. For businesses Natasha’s Law came into effect from 1st October 2021 and now requires all food businesses who supply pre packaged food to provide the full ingredients list and allergy labelling on pre-packaged food to help protect an estimated 2 million diagnosed food allergy sufferers.
The 14 allergens are: celery, cereals containing gluten (such as barley and oats), crustaceans (such as prawns, crabs and lobsters), eggs, fish, lupin, milk, molluscs (such as mussels and oysters), mustard, peanuts, sesame, soybeans, sulphur dioxide and sulphites (at a concentration of more than ten parts per million) and tree nuts (such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts).
Many people are also allergic to ingredients not included in the 14 allergens.
Some young children may not of been exposed to one of the allergens before and this could trigger anaphylactic shock which is a life threatening condition where you’ll need to recognise and apply first aid promptly.
First Aid – Anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis is an extremely dangerous allergic reaction that is potentially life threatening. The condition is the result of the immune system, the body’s natural defence system, overreacting to a trigger, such as those food allergens. Anaphylaxis can also be triggered by medicines – including some antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, insect stings – particularly wasp and bee stings and also latex which is a type of rubber found in some rubber gloves.
Anaphylaxis has a rapid onset and worsens very quickly. Symptoms could include the following;
Light headiness, dizziness, passing out
Swelling of the tongue, lips or throat and the person may have a feeling of their throat closing up.
Difficulty in breathing, wheezing tight chest, fast shallow breathing
Clammy, pale cold skin also
Fast pulse rate
There may also be other allergy symptoms, including an itchy, raised rash, feeling or being sick and stomach pain.
How you would treat anaphylaxis
Call 999 for an ambulance immediately and inform the call handler that you think the person has anaphylaxis
Lay the casualty down
The casualty maybe carrying their adrenaline auto-injector. The casualty should be able to inject this on their own but if necessary assist them to use it. These can help stop an anaphylactic reaction becoming life threatening
Use the second adrenaline auto injector after 5-15 minutes if there is no improvement or symptoms return.
There are 3 types of adrenaline auto injectors and you can find further information including how to us them by clicking the links below;