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Keep your little ghosts, goblins and fairy princesses happy this Halloween by keeping these safety tips in mind.
- Dress up with style and safety in mind. Costumes should be bright and reflective. Consider adding reflective tape to costumes to help drivers see your little monsters on the road. Make sure costumes and accessories (wigs, capes, etc.) are flame resistant.
- Try makeup instead of a mask. Plastic masks are hot and can obstruct a child’s vision. Try non-toxic makeup instead. Be sure to wash it off before bedtime to avoid any skin irritation.
- Trick or treat the safe way. Only go to homes with a porch light on and never allow children to enter a home or car for a treat. A responsible adult should always accompany young children. Older children should only walk a pre-approved route and return at a pre-arranged time.
- Stay in a group. Communicate with the group where you will be going and carry a cell phone for emergencies and last minute changes.
- Light the way. All walkers should have their own flashlight. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween.
- Encourage children to delay eating treats until a parent has inspected the loot. Although tampering is rare, keep only treats that are commercially wrapped, unspoiled and have no signs of possible tampering. Many candy items can pose a choking hazard. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19 percent of all choking-related emergency department visits by children are related to hard candy, and 12.5 percent are related to other types of candy.
- Carve with care. Small children should never carve pumpkins, and adults should take care. Think of alternatives, such as drawing a face with markers. If carved, candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table away from flammable objects such as curtains and flowing costumes.
- Prepare your home for little visitors. Be sure to keep candles and other open flames away from your door. Check your outdoor lights, sweep wet leaves from the sidewalk and pathway, and restrain any pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a Trick-or-Treater.
- Avoid a candy coma. It’s tempting for kids to want to eat all of the sugary, chocolaty treats at once, but too much candy can lead to a variety of GI upsets. Fill up your goblins with a healthy meal before trick-or-treating and set a limit on how much candy can be consumed in one sitting.
- Trip or Treat? Costumes that are too long can lead to bumps, bruises and sprains. Make sure costumes aren’t dragging on the ground and be sure to have a “costume rehearsal,” including shoes, to ensure every item fits properly.
- Dressed to Chill. In some parts of the country, little pirates and princesses may be walking through snow as they make their way from house to house on Halloween. Not dressing appropriately for cold weather increases the risk of developing frostbite or even hypothermia. Dressing in layers and wearing gloves will keep trick-or-treaters happy and warm without compromising their costume.
We wish everyone a safe and spooky good time this Halloween. If you need medical attention for a non-life-threatening illness or injury, eMedical Urgent Care is open during the evening hours to treat walk-in patients. If you have questions about medical conditions, download iTriage from the iTunes or Android Marketplace, or check out iTriageHealth.com for your healthcare answers.