In this video, Dr. Mona gives tips on how to keep your child safe this Halloween
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Halloween comes around every year and there are some tried and true methods of keeping your child safe. There are some obvious things you can do and some not so obvious things you can do but let’s start with the obvious things first. First of course, accompany your children when they go trick or treating. Make sure they have reflective tape on them because as we know it’s fall and it’s getting darker earlier and earlier. Make sure that healthy treats are available for your kids and for other kids when you actually giving treats out yourself. Pretzels, raisins, those are healthy treats. If your child happens to get home baked goodies or candy or anything else that looks suspicious or you have any doubts at all about it, just throw them out. Don’t risk it, just throw that candy out, nothing home baked. And of course there is always take the emphasis off the trick or treating when it comes to Halloween because trick or treating is all about candy. Take the emphasis off of it by playing games, Halloween-themed games, giving out stickers, carving pumpkins and a whole host of other Halloween-themed activities that you can think about for your child. Those are the obvious things. Let’s talk though for a second about not so obvious things and the first is food allergies. If your child has an allergy, this is a very dangerous time for him or her because many of the ingredients especially in those tiny, fun size or snack size candies, they may not be listed. Here’s the tip, the way you can find out what’s in those candies is go to the company website, do a search, look for the candy and ask for the ingredients and you could find them. The other important thing to remember is what’s in those little fun sized candies may not be the exact ingredients that are in the full size So don’t count on that full size bar to tell you what's in the candy. Make sure you specifically check it out. If your child is allergic to peanuts, to tree nuts, to milk, to eggs, other allergies make sure that those candies before your child eats them, don’t have any of those ingredients in them. On the other handle you want to make sure you have a medication available for you child especially for child its going to be trick or treating with another parent or away from you, make sure that child is carrying his or her EpiPen or the Benadryl that he or she needs in the event of an allergy but the other parent of course should be counseled as to the same steps that you might take. —again not so obvious but if you eaten it first of course you stimulate the brain’s tiny centers, the feeling of fullness and the candy craving isn’t their as much as it would be if the patient’s—if the child’s stomach was full. We talked about food allergies, we talked about techniques and tips to turn Halloween into something more than just free candy, let’s talk very specifically using the acronym. S-A-F-E-H-A-L-L-O-W-E-E-N. so, what does S stand for? S stands for swords, knives and similar costume accessories. They should be short, soft and flexible. Make sure you're not putting your child in any danger with their customs A, avoid trick or treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted belts. F, fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help driver see you. E, examine all treats before eating them for choking hazards and tampering. Limit the amount of treats you eat. H, hold a flashlight while trick or treating to help you see and others see you. A, always test make-up in a small area first and remove it before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation. L, look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks whenever possible. L, lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses. Not only can those contact lenses injure your eye immediately but it can also lead to very, very complicated long term issue. O, only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe. W,
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