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Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. I decorate the house, wear a costume to work, and sit outside to give candy to the neighborhood kids. It’s so fun seeing the adorable and creative costumes everyone comes up with. As with most holidays and events involving kids, safety is an issue. We have to consider safety regarding costumes, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and candy consumption. Here are 7 tips to keep in mind.

  1. When buying costumes, make sure they fit well to avoid tripping and they don’t contain any obstructive or sharp accessories.
  2. If buying a mask, make sure it fits well with wide eye openings to avoid blocking your child’s vision.
  3. Only use non-toxic Halloween makeup and test it on a small part of the skin before use. Avoid using colored contacts that can damage the eye.
  4. Always supervise children who are carving pumpkins or let them draw on the pumpkin first and let adults do the carving.
  5. If using lit candles in the pumpkin, do not leave it near anything that can catch fire and never leave it unattended. Try small tea lights instead.
  6. An adult should always accompany small children while trick-or-treating. Make sure everyone wears reflective tape or carries a flashlight. Instruct children to stay together, don’t run ahead or in the street, only go to homes that are lit up and to always stay on the sidewalk.
  7. Don’t let children eat candy while out trick-or-treating to avoid choking. If your child has food allergies, check all labels first or look for non-candy items. Homes with a teal pumpkin have allergy-free treats.

With good planning, Halloween can be a safe and fun holiday for kids of all ages. Review all safety rules before heading out and be prepared to have a good time.

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  • Elizabeth

    Hello Dr. Friedman,

    My daughter is 19 years old and has been coughing for over a month already. She’s been medically treated by specialist ENT doctors and has been given prednisone ( she’s not asthmatic ) augmenting antibiotics which it did nothing for her then she was on Zithromax which helped with her upper respiratory infection and Flonase, but the coughing don’t stop! I don’t know what else to do for her besides natural remedies. Would she need a pertussis shot? The medications was given from the allergist specialist. Please help Thank you.

    • levans

      We cannot give medical advice online, your daughter needs to contact her primary care doctor for assistance.

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