Chances are that this Halloween your children will be seeing more than a few teal colored pumpkins on front porches.
The idea for displaying the unconventionally colored pumpkins on front porches started a couple of years ago and is starting to catch on.
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“It’s about making the joy of trick-or-treating available to as many kids as possible.”Learn more about the #TealPumpkinProject: http://bit.ly/2cVO1B9
“The Teal Pumpkin Project” states that its is to “promote safety and inclusion” for all kids at Halloween.
While their friends can scoop up lots of candy, kids with food allergies have to be much more careful. The teal pumpkin tells those kids that the treats given out at a particular house consist of safe treats and/or non-food items.
The “Food Allergy Research and Education” group (FARE) says in addition to putting a teal pumpkin on the porch, you can print one of their flyers for your window to drive the point home:
The group also provides a map of houses that adhere to the teal pumpkin “pledge” to offer safe treats:
And food allergies in children have been increasing at incredible rates.
A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study in 2008 came to these conclusions about children and food allergies:
- In 2007, approximately 3 million children under age 18 years (3.9%) were reported to have a food or digestive allergy in the previous 12 months.
- From 1997 to 2007, the prevalence of reported food allergy increased 18% among children under age 18 years.
- Children with food allergy are two to four times more likely to have other related conditions such as asthma and other allergies, compared with children without food allergies.
- From 2004 to 2006, there were approximately 9,500 hospital discharges per year with a diagnosis related to food allergy among children under age 18 years.
The CDC reports how you can tell if your child has food allergies.