Children’s doctors’ advice safe on trick-or-treating 

Children’s doctor in Gatonia, NC

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Children’s doctors recommend that you go trick-or-treating with your children if they’re under 12. Older children should have a cell phone and know 911 and your home phone number. Make sure your children are wearing costumes that let them move, see and breathe freely. If they trip over them when walking, pin them up a little. Costumes should be flame-retardant and easy to see at night, and give them a flashlight or glowstick and put some reflective or glow-in-the-dark tape on the back of the costume and the trick-or-treat bag as an extra precaution.

Make sure all your children know 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 trick-or-treating, check to make sure it’s all sealed, keep it somewhere safe and don’t let your children keep it in their rooms. That way, they might not eat too much at once. Remind them to stop eating and save the rest for later when they feel full. 

For the most part, giving children toothbrushes, toothpaste or healthy, sugar-free snacks won’t make you popular with them, although small bags of pretzels and small boxes of raisins aren’t too bad. Before giving out roasted peanuts, make sure none of the children has any dangerous allergies. Toys that don’t cost too much and can safely be given to small children, like crayons, coloring books and pencils, are both popular and completely non-fattening.

Other tips on keeping Halloween safe for kids

One safety tip children’s doctors recommend you follow is to use glow sticks or electric lights instead of candles. If you want your children involved in carving the pumpkin, let them draw the design, then carve the pumpkin yourself and let them perform the delightfully squishy task of scooping out the innards. Clean up any pumpkin innards that land on the floor. If you’re worried about children eating too much candy on Halloween, you can limit the amount of candy they eat after trick-or-treating, but it might be a little bit easier to serve them a healthy and filling dinner before trick-or-treating. Children’s doctors recommend you serve as a good example by not eating too much candy yourself at this time.

A children’s doctor in Gastonia, NC

Gastonia Pediatric Associates is a pediatric clinic in a convenient location within the Charlotte area. It is one of the first medical practices for children in this area, and is owned and directed by its own physicians. It offers medical advice for parents 24 hours a day, and has provided personalized service to three generations of families. Its staff includes three physicians and three nursing staff. If you need a children’s doctor, call Gastonia Pediatrics today.