This week millions of kids in towns, cities, and neighborhoods everywhere will hit the streets as ghosts, goblins, witches, and many other characters to gather as much candy as possible. While we all love seeing the little ones get excited about dressing up and eating all that candy, there are some dangers that lurk during this very popular holiday.
Here are the top 10 things you should do in order to have a safe Halloween for you and your family.
1. Don’t let your children eat collected candy until you have had a chance to inspect it.
2. Whatever costume your child chooses, be sure it has a “flame resistant” label on it. Many people are confused by this label. It doesn’t mean it will prevent the costume from catching on fire, but it will resist burning and will be easier to extinguish the flame.
3. Costumes should either be light-colored of have reflective tape to reflect lights in the dark. Put reflective tape on candy bags as well. Have children carry their own flashlights and wear comfortable shoes for walking.
4. Go along with your children to watch after them. If you aren’t able to go, assign another responsible adult or older child to walk with them.
5. Teach your children to only go to well-lit homes and to never enter a home no matter what the situation.
6. Warn your children to stay away jack-o-laterns that are lit with candles or other open area candles. Long flowing costumes could easily catch on fire if you aren’t aware of nearby open flames.
7. Be careful with face paints. While painting faces can be fun many paints can cause an allergic reaction or irritation to the skin. Test a small area of skin a day or so before you plan to paint your child’s face.
8. Black licorice believe it or not can pose a health risk. Last year the FDA warned against eating too much of this sweet treat. Eating too much of it can cause potassium levels to fall which can cause an abnormal heart rhythm in some people (mainly adults over 40).
9. Bobbing for apples is a fun game played by many at Halloween parties, but what most people don’t realize is that this game is full of germs. Just think about how many people are putting their mouth into this water over and over. Stay away from this game.
10. Last but not least, MODERATION. The temptation is to go back home and eat all the candy at once. Not only is this processed sugar not good for you to start with, but over consumption can lead to an upset stomach. Try having your children save a handful of candy for themselves and then suggest donating the rest to a food drive.
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Here’s to your health!
Dr. K Bennett