Nickel Allergies? Choose Carefully to Fill Your Child’s Easter Basket

Parents of children with nickel allergy must exercise caution with Easter Basket toys and trinkets that may contain nickel. But what about the chocolate Easter Bunny? Severely allergic children may need to limit certain foods, including chocolate.
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April 7, 2012 - PRLog -- With so many allergies to consider, making choices for your child’s Easter Basket is a challenge.  As parents steer clear of nuts, milk, egg products and, of course, sugar for diabetics, they begin to see their choices as extremely limited.  Parents of children with nickel allergy must also exercise caution in selecting toys and trinkets to add to the Easter Bunny’s delivery.  If made with metal, many items are likely to contain nickel which may cause uncomfortable allergic reactions for anyone allergic to nickel.  Unfortunately, children who have already had piercings may be particularly susceptible to nickel allergy. The most common symptom of nickel allergy is a red rash that can be extremely itchy.

If parents are concerned that items contain nickel, any metal item may be tested with a dimethylglyoxime nickel test. An easy test to use is Nickel Alert™ by Athena Allergy; simply rubbing a cotton swab saturated with a few drops of Nickel Alert is enough to detect nickel, shown by a pink color on the swab.  Another solution is to coat items that are creating problems with Nickel Guard™, another Athena Allergy product.  Both these items can be purchased separately or in a kit called Nickel Solution™ .

For parents who are already dealing with severe nickel allergies in their children, they should be aware that some typical Easter Basket food items may contain significant amounts of nickel.  On that list are chocolate, nuts, licorice, dried fruit,  and gelatin.  For the general population, nickel in food does not create a problem.  However, for those with serious allergies to nickel, symptoms resulting from ingesting too much nickel may include a rash (often on the palms or outside of elbows), fatigue, mouth sores/ irritation and muscle twitches.  

Michael Dow, co-owner of Athena Allergy, had this to say “Check with your dermatologist or allergist before giving up chocolate or any of the foods on the nickel allergy diet.  For the majority of individuals, nickel in their diet is not a problem. It is only the people who are severely allergic to nickel that may benefit from this extreme diet.  Why give up chocolate if you don’t have to?”

Meanwhile, think outside the box for nickel free Easter treats: the traditional stuffed animals are always popular choices along with games, movies, stickers, crayons, paints, plastic gardening sets with packets of seeds, or what about a butterfly garden or an ant farm?  Just because your child’s Easter Basket may be different than the neighbor’s doesn’t mean it won’t be more fun!  

Caring for children’s allergies may be hard work at times, but being a resourceful parent has a huge payoff in a healthy, happy child!  Athena Allergy also offers  certified nickel free children's belts, along with handmade nickel free earrings that are perfect for the Easter holiday.  For nickel free goods the entire family will appreciate, visit to select from a variety of nickel free belts, jewelry, and accessories.

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