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Childrens doctors advice on keeping Halloween safe and fun

If you are worried about keeping your children safe and healthy on Halloween, your local doctors have some ideas. To keep your children from eating too much candy, serve them a healthy and filling dinner before trick-or-treating begins.

The best way to handle pumpkin carving is to let your children draw the design, do the carving yourself, and let your children scoop out the innards. Be sure to clean up any that fall on the floor. Use glow sticks or electric lights instead of candles.

Choose costumes that are flame-retardant and easy to see at night. Just to be on the safe side, put some reflective or glow-in-the-dark tape on the back of the costume and the trick-or-treat bag.

Keeping trick-or-treating safe

If your children are under 12, childrens doctors recommend you go trick-or-treating with them. If your children are older, make sure they have a cell phone and know your home phone number and how to call 911. When helping your children with their costumes, make sure these costumes allow them to move, see and breathe freely, and can walk without difficulty.

Local doctors also recommend you provide them with a flashlight or glowstick, and make sure everyone knows how to stay safe: only go to houses on well-lit streets where the porch light is on, always cross the street at crosswalks, stay together, stay on the sidewalk, walk instead of running, and so on. Once the candy has been collected, check it to make sure it is sealed, keep it in a safe place and do not let your children keep it in their rooms. That way, they will (possibly) not eat too much at once.Remind them to stop eating and save the rest for later when they feel full. Childrens doctors recommend you serve as a good example by not eating too much of anything yourself at this time.

If you are concerned about the health of other children, you may want to give away something other than candy, such as crayons, coloring books and pencils or toys, as long as whatever it is is something that can safely be given to small children. Small bags of pretzels and small boxes of raisins are also relatively healthy treats.

A childrens clinic in Gastonia, NC

Gastonia Pediatric Associates is a childrens clinic conveniently located west of Charlotte.It is one of the first medical practices for children in the Gastonia area, has served three generations of families with personalized care and offers medical advice for parents 24 hours a day. Its staff includes three physicians and three nursing staff. Gastonia Pediatrics is owned and directed by its own physicians. If you need a childrens doctor, call today.