Halloween is a time for fun, festivities, and trick-or-treating, but it is also a time to be more aware of seasonal illnesses and injuries common to the holiday. To keep your kids safe and healthy this Halloween, it is important to follow some simple safety guidelines when going trick-or-treating. Here are some basic steps to take to ensure the safety of your children on their outings this Halloween:
Never let children go trick-or-treating unattended: Adult supervision is a must for trick-or-treaters, even if they are in a larger group. Have at least one parent or babysitter accompany kids while they are out, and set a time to return home at a reasonable hour. Having a set route for trick-or-treating is also advisable, so you can know exactly where your children are, even if you are not the adult supervising their journey.
Keep warm clothing on hand: Many Halloween costumes will not offer much protection against the fall chill in the air on Halloween night, so make sure that you have a jacket for your child just in case it gets too cold. Staying warm will lower your child’s chances of catching seasonal illnesses while out on Halloween night.
Limit candy consumption: Be sure to inspect your child’s candy before he or she digs into the treats, and only allow your child to eat treats that are factory-wrapped, unless they are homemade treats from a trusted friend or neighbor. Don’t allow your child to overdo it with candy consumption, as too much sugar can cause your child to become ill. Moderation is key when enjoying Halloween treats.
For more information to help you have a safe Halloween this year, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose on our website or by calling (888) 762-8881. We can help you maintain good health all year long with services like the iTriage Symptom Checker and Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line available when you need them.