Halloween tips every parent should check out

Halloween tips every parent should check out

Ghosts, goblins and trick-or-treating is right around the corner but you may want to lay some ground rules before heading out in your costume this year.
Ghosts, goblins and trick-or-treating is right around the corner but you may want to lay some ground rules before heading out in your costume this year. Talk to your children about staying with the group and not running ahead.

"Young children need to be supervised. Older children need to let their parents know where they're going and stick to that plan. Children should not cross streets unattended and please don't go on the porches that are darkened that don't look inviting," said Dr. Ted Williams, a pediatrician at Southeastern Pediatrics

Emergency room visits are common for kids on this holiday between injuries and allergic reactions. So whether it's Batman, Little Red Riding Hood or a ghost make sure you're thinking safety first when it comes to choosing your child's costume.

"With the masks you need to make sure it doesn't impair their vision. With costumes, they need to fit properly because they can trip. They need to be light and bright in color and you need to attach those reflective strips on them," said Susan Kirkland, co-owner of Loftin’s Party and Wedding Center in Dothan.

When it comes to a mask, makeup or paint keep an eye out for an allergic reaction.

"Makeup is so much better than masks as far as vision but you also have to be careful that you test the makeup on their skin prior to using it then make sure you take it off right after the event,” Kirkland said.

Doctors also stress if your young child has an allergy, make sure to go through their candy before they do.

"Some children may have food allergies so there may be candies in there with nuts that could cause an allergic reaction or if your child is gluten sensitive then there may be some treats with gluten so you have to look at those things as well," said Dr. Williams.

And if you're handing out candy at your home, have your porch or yard ready for trick-or-treaters; that means bringing in any gardening tools or other things kids could trip over or not see in the dark and don't forget about keeping your pets safe on Halloween. Vets say chocolate, raisins and glow sticks are poisonous to dogs.
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