Halloween is a time of festivity and fun for millions of American children. However, it also brings many thousands of those children to their family pediatricians every year for injuries big and small. To ensure that your children have a memorable Halloween filled with tricks and treats instead of bumps and bruises, consider the following safety guidelines.
Monitor your children during pumpkin carving.
For many families, the celebration of Halloween begins with carving pumpkins. While pumpkin carving may be a wonderful way for your family to enjoy a Halloween tradition together, children should not be allowed to use knives when creating their pumpkin masterpieces. No matter how attentive you may be to their efforts, all it takes is one slip of the knife to cause a deep laceration or puncture wound. Instead, invest in a child-friendly pumpkin carving kit that lets kids use carving tools too blunt to break skin.
Inspect your children’s masks and costumes for pointy edges or confining parts.
In theory, children’s Halloween costumes should be safe to use. However, they are frequently made on a massive scale with quick and cost-cutting techniques, which often translates into subpar construction. Therefore, be sure to thoroughly check your children’s costumes to ensure that they have no detailing that could potentially poke an eye, scratch skin, or restrict movement and breathing.
Discuss your trick-or-treating rules before heading out on Halloween night.
Because Halloween is an exciting time for children, they may rush ahead of their parents when trick-or-treating and cross streets without looking for cars. To ensure that your children stay safely by your side on Halloween, have a conversation with them beforehand regarding your rules for the night. The more clearly you communicate your wishes to your children, the more likely you all will have a happy and safe holiday.
Dr. Nan Nuessle offers quality pediatrician care for a wide range of pediatric injuries, including lacerations and broken bones. To schedule an appointment at our Independence, Kansas office, or to speak with a pediatric physician, please call us today at (913) 948-3323.