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Intolerance Testing at Halloween

Halloween should be a period where you simply head out in your chosen costume and enjoy some trick or treating with your friends or siblings. But for many children and teens, Halloween is filled with either sweet intolerances or sweet allergies. When it comes to making this holiday fun, part of planning properly for it is going to be in learning more about sweet intolerances and sweet allergies.

Sugar intolerances

Just like other intolerances, sugar intolerances have certain traits to watch out for. Sugar intolerances are deemed to be rarer than a lot of other intolerances, but they do happen and should be taken seriously when they do transpire. Common symptoms to watch out for include:

•  Bloating and stomach pain: if you are experiencing from looting or stomach pain directly after eating sugar, it could be a sign an intolerance

•  Gas: If you are feeling very gassy, especially in the abdominal region, you could be intolerance to sugar.

•  Diarrhoea: If sugar is causing you problems at the toilet, it’s also a sign that your system is struggling to digest and process the sugary food.

Sugar intolerances can often take an hour or even a few hours to settle in, as the sugar needs to make its way down to the stomach and start going through the digestive tract.

Sugar allergies

Sugar allergies are considered to be rare, but allergies to sugar can arise in children, particularly as they are exposed to high quantities of sugar around the Halloween period. Some of the symptoms to watch for are:

•  Sneezing: Considered to be amongst the most moderate symptoms for an allergy, frequent sneezing is one of the most usual ones to expect.

•  Abdominal pain: Mild to moderate to severe abdominal pain is common with those who have sugar allergies. It can be paired with diarrhoea, too, usually fast-acting or appearing.

•  Hives: Like other allergies, sugar allergies can cause hives, especially concentrated on the mouth and face area.

•   Difficulty breathing: Trouble breathing or other classic anaphylaxis symptoms are also signs to expect with a sugar allergy, though they often are thought to be rare.

Unlike sugar intolerances, a sugar allergy will happen quickly, almost immediately after sugar is consumed. This makes it comparable to what to expect from other traditional food allergies.

How to prepare

If you are worried about your little one having a sugar intolerance or allergy, the best way to be ready is to observe your child consuming their Halloween treats and be ready to intervene if needed. Most times, you’ll know of a child’s allergy soon after proper food consumption in their infancy, but food intolerances often get missed or slip below the radar. This will prioritize everyone’s comfort, safety and entertainment this Halloween season, trust us, we’re experts.

Make sure you’re ready for any spooky intolerances that may arise this season and remember that Halloween can still be fun even with an allergy or intolerance. You just need to be ready for it and make any changes that are needed for everyone to go out in their ideal costume and have a spooktacular time!

Top 6 Gluten-Free Sweets for Halloween

Are your little ones all set for ‘Trick or Treating’ this year? We certainly are! With Halloween in just two weeks, we know how difficult it is to find yummy sweets that are allergy-friendly and safe for your kids to consume on Halloween night. This can be a tricky task for parents but don’t be spooked, Lifelab Testing is here to help you along the way with the top 6 Gluten-Free Sweets for Halloween.

1. Haribo

You’ve all seen the adverts, Haribo can affect us in all different ways. For Halloween, Haribo’s are the perfect treat! Why? Because they have an entire range of gluten-free sweats to fill up your ‘Trick or Treat’ pumpkin. Such as their Horror Mix, Trick or Treat Tub and Fangtastics! Give them a go and spoil your kids this Halloween, but please do check the ingredients carefully.

2. Swizzel Matlaw

One of the nation’s many favourites when it comes to sweets. Swizzel Matlaw are a child’s favourite when it comes to Halloween, they’re full of fizz, a little something sweet and perfect for a little vampire’s fix. Their range is Trick or Sweet, Chew Crew, Fiendish Lolly Fizz and Trick or Treat Tub. Fancy an allergy-friendly and sometimes Gluten-Free treat? Check out Swizzel Matlaw. Make sure you check the packaging closely though!

3. Candyland

Champions Halloween Selection Pack is gluten-free and can be the perfect treat for your kids this Halloween. Candyland have a great offering which will be perfect for your little horrors. Check out their great range which will be perfect for your kids if they are suffering from a gluten intolerance. 

4. Wrigleys

You can still taste the rainbow this Halloween as all Skittles are gluten-free as well as Trick or Treat Starburst and Random’s Spooky Mix. So, the additional bonus of eating some of the tastiest sweets around, these popular treats are the perfect Halloween surprise. 

5. Cadburys

BOO! Did that make you scream? If not, Cadbury’s Screme Eggs might! Filled with green slime and the perfect Frankenstein treat. Give your children, and yourself, the ultimate Halloween filled experience with these tasty and yummy treats! 

6. Maynards

Maynards have a couple of non-gluten sweets to choose from in their Spooky treats pack and sour tricks pack. Make sure your children can consume these delightful treats by ordering your test today! 

Don’t be frightened to let your children indulge in the above sweets this Halloween as they are all gluten free and still just as yummy! Before you go ‘Trick or Treating’, treat yourself to a Lifelab Testing kit for as little as £74.99 and don’t be tricked by an allergy.

Have a Spooktacular Halloween from Lifelab Testing!Click here to read our top tips on how to know if you have a food allergy.