Tips to Keep Your Trick-or-Treaters Safe
Halloween is much more than just dressing up in your favorite superhero costume or having the best skeleton face makeup at a classroom party.
Child safety is top priority, especially when Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, off-the-road safety is just as important, too, says Julie Newhouse, a nurse manager for Health First's Holmes Regional Medical Center Emergency Department (ED).
After seeing dozens of scary Halloween accidents in the ED for more than 15 years, Newhouse wants to help ensure your child is safe.
Here are some important tips she encourages every parent to remember when it comes to common Halloween hazards:
- Food Allergies - If your child has food allergies, please be aware of the types of candy your child may be exposed to. This is vital and needs to be addressed. Always have the appropriate medication available if your child requires immediate attention for certain allergies.
- Sugar Binges - Limiting the amount of sweet treats will help decrease the need to visit the ED for upset stomachs and even abdominal pain.
- Choking Hazards - Children can put candy or lollipops in their mouth, forget it's there and start running around, which can cause them to choke and possibly trip, too. This fall could lead to a potential injury to the mouth and throat.
- Use Crosswalks - While drivers are very cautious on Halloween, driving through neighborhoods is still a risk for children who can sometimes dart into the streets. Unnoticed by the driver, this safety concern could possibly lead to potential injury to the child. As a parent, it is important that everyone uses crosswalks to ensure your child is visible to motorists. Providing a flashlight, adding reflective tape to costumes or even wearing a glow stick will help improve visibility.
- Candy Inspection - It is crucial to educate children to have their candy inspected before eating. This will help to ensure there is no potential harm to your child. If there is any candy that is questionable or appears altered, discard right away.