With Halloween approaching, it is a good time to take a look at your family’s health and be aware of some of the seasonal illnesses that can ruin your festivities this time of year. Using a few simple steps for extra safety this Halloween can help your family enjoy the holiday without requiring a trip to the emergency room. Here are some guidelines to help you promote good health this holiday season:
Offer healthy alternatives to candy: Kids look forward to Halloween because they know it means that there will be plenty of candy to enjoy after attending parties or trick-or-treating. However, it is important to keep candy consumption limited so that kids maintain good nutrition through the holiday. Offer some candy, but make sure there are healthy snacks available throughout your festivities to supplement nutritional value.
Supervise trick-or-treaters: When your kids want to go trick-or-treating, make sure that you are there to watch them and keep them safe on their journey through the neighborhood. You might also have a designated parent or babysitter supervise kids while they are out on Halloween night. This supervision is important, because adults are more aware of surroundings and potential dangers like traffic and other travel hazards.
Inspect children’s costumes for safety: Before your child leaves the house in costume, you should make sure that his or her costume does not pose any potential hazards. Any swords or knives should be made from flexible rubber, and makeup should be spot tested before application to ensure that it is not irritating to your child’s skin. Use reflective tape on your child’s costume if he or she will be trick-or-treating, and make sure your child has warm clothing to keep covered so that he or she doesn’t come home with a cold.
For more tips to ensure a safe Halloween and emergency care for holiday accidents, contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas by visiting our website or calling (702) 731-5437. You can also use our iTriage Symptom Checker App to determine what type of care is needed when accidents and illnesses do arise