Children love Halloween! They love getting dressed up and going out to collect treats …. it is fun and exciting for them.

Child in Halloween costume trick or treating

Here are some safety tips from the experts at Lexington Clinic Pediatrics to help your child have a safe and enjoyable holiday:

  • Make sure your child’s costume is bright and reflective. For dark costumes, attach something bright to help cars and others see your child.
  • The costume should not too long to avoid tripping.
  • Face masks should fit your child’s face properly and your child should be able to see in all directions from it. If not, use make-up instead of a mask.
  • Make sure all accessories are flame retardant.
  • Give your child has a working flashlight to use for darker areas or when crossing the street.
  • Always accompany younger children.
  • Only go to homes with porch lights on and never enter the home to obtain treats.
  • Carry a cell phone in case of emergency.
  • Remain on streets with sidewalks and that are well-lit.

For parents staying at home to hand out treats, the following tips will help:

  • Declutter your porch – remove any items that might cause tripping over.
  • Ensure that all leaves are swept from your walks and sidewalks.
  • Ensure all your outdoor lights are working properly.
  • Restrain your pets so that they will not jump on or bite the trick-or-treaters.
Child in halloween costume

Once your child arrives home with their treat bag, make sure that a parent/adult goes through the candy to remove any opened, spoiled or suspicious candy. Children do not need large amounts of candy, so be sure to ration it. For children receiving excessive amounts of candy, help them choose which candy they would like to keep, and you may want to give away the rest.

Hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween!

The caring and compassionate providers at Lexington Clinic Pediatrics offer excellent care in all stages of childhood. For more information, log on to www.lexingtonclinic.com or schedule an appointment today by calling 859-258-4362.

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