Halloween can be such a fun holiday, but as you can imagine, as advice nurses we tend to hear about some of the misfortunes that can along as part of the festivities.
Carving a pumpkin can be a very fun tradition. Please make sure that your child's level of participation is consistent with their age and ability.
Choosing a costume
Want to hear a terrifying statistic? Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Trick or treat rules
Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests?
Now what do we do with all this candy!!!
Make a plan about how much candy they can eat at one time. It is okay to be a little more liberal than usual for a day or two, but come to an agreement about a reasonable candy intake over the next few weeks. Some dentists and orthodontists have buy back programs, where they will give your child a reward for turning in their candy. Click the link for a partial list:
You may need to be extra vigilant with teeth brushing this season.
Remember that candy freezes (and some of it is actually better that way; frozen snickers bars, yum!) My daughter Lauren was about 6 when she caught on that mom and dad were pilfering through her trick or trick bag and stealing all the good stuff. After that she guarded her stash more carefully.
Bonus tip from Cleo's mom:
"Once Cleo was out of the stroller and walking, we put glow stick bracelets and necklaces on her so we could see her more easily when out and about in crowded spaces in the dark (we do this at things like the Dia de Los Muertos parade, too.) Cliff's sells them in a big 100-stick bulk container. Not terribly eco, but gives a little extra "eyes on" help when navigating the crowds."
Post Halloween tip:
My little patient Franny, bent a glow stick in order to activate it and it broke.
Some squirted in her mouth. While, you do want to avoid un necessary contact with the insides of a glowstick, they are non toxic
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Friday, October 30, 2015
Halloween Safety checklist 2015
Posted by Nurse Judy at 10:00 AM