Bagging Treats and Safety this Halloween!

Halloween is another reason I love the fall. My son is 3 years old, so this year is particularly exciting for us. He plans on being Spiderman, and has been preparing for his vigilante night of fun by wearing his costume constantly. I hope the costume makes it until Halloween!

As we all get ready for this year’s Halloween tradition of “trick-or-treat,” it is important to review a few simple safety tips to keep everyone safe and healthy:

  1. Kids will be kids, so they still need supervision. Children should always go trick-or-treating with a responsible adult. If a group of kids are going together, it is still prudent that an adult supervises activities.
  2. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. This way you can check for any problem candy — and get the pick of the best stuff!
  3. Limit the amount of treats your child eats and the amount you eat, too. There is nothing worse than going to bed with a stomachache from eating too much candy.
  4. Know where your older kids will be that night. If they are going out with a group of friends, make sure you know who these friends are. With the help of the other parents, plan a safe route for the kids so you all will know where they will be at all times. Set a time for their return home.
  5. Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers. When in doubt, throw it out!
  6. Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into a stranger’s car. This is not a good option in any situation.
  7. Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on his or her costume to make him or her more visible to cars.

Keeping our children safe is our number one priority, no matter what the occasion. Following a few simple steps will help everyone have a wonderful Halloween that we can continue to celebrate for years to come.

Happy Halloween!

By Dr. Preston Renshaw

Chief Medical Officer at Avera Health Plans

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