http://www.meriter.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/2011-10-19-Halloween_Kreckman.mp3 Meriter pediatrician, Sara E. Kreckman, MD, spoke with Star Country’s Tracy and Mike about Halloween Safety. Click the play button to listen!
Halloween is an exciting time of the year for kids. It’s important for parents to ensure that children have a safe holiday. Dr. Sara Kreckman, pediatrician at Meriter West Washington, offers these tips:
- Small children should never carve pumpkins. They can either decorate the pumpkins with markers or parents can do the cutting. Also consider using artificial lights inside pumpkins instead of candles.
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany children on neighborhood trick-or-treating. Wear bright, reflective costumes and consider using flashlights, etc. Remember that motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters and exercise caution when walking around houses. Consider other trick-or-treating options like parties, malls and the zoo.
- Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. A good meal prior to parties will discourage children from filling up on Halloween treats. A responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any unwrapped or suspicious items. Several local dentists will pay trick-or-treaters one dollar per pound for their excess uneaten Halloween candy at Halloween candy buyback parties on November 1. The candy is then sent to the troops overseas.