With Halloween quickly approaching, it is essential to consider the health and safety of your family and guests in order to avoid any medical mishaps. Between food allergies, injuries, and costumes, there are several items that can go wrong without proper preparation and planning. Keep your family and guests safe this holiday with these simple Halloween safety tips from our team here at Menorah Medical Center:
Candy is certainly one of the best parts of Halloween for children, but it is important to moderate their sugar intake to avoid any health complications. Consider creating a candy plan which limits the amount of candy your child can eat on any given day. Be sure to inspect treats for signs of tampering and for non-commercially wrapped items. Preparing a meal before trick-or-treating can help to discourage children from snacking on uninspected items.
Look for costumes made of fire-resistant materials that do not impede movement. Also consider using non-toxic makeup rather than masks in order to avoid impeding vision—just be sure to test it out on a small area beforehand. The FDA and American Academy of Ophthalmology have both issued statements discouraging the use of decorative contact lenses, which may lead to vision loss due to infection.
Party Safety and Travel
When preparing for a Halloween party, use color additives that have been approved by the FDA and look for pasteurized drinks. If you are travelling to a party, it is especially important to be wary of pedestrians on the road; studies from the Safe Kids Worldwide Foundation reveal that, on average, there are twice as many child pedestrian fatalities on Halloween compared to any other day of the year.
Our team of healthcare professionals at Menorah Medical Center of Overland Park, KS is available to help you keep your family safe year-round with high-quality emergency care and advanced medical treatment. Learn more about our facilities online, or contact our 24-hour Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (913) 498-6000 for more information.