(RxWiki News) Kids love Halloween because of all the candy — and parents may begrudge the holiday for the same reason. No matter how you feel about this spooky holiday, it’s important to know how to keep your kids safe while they’re trick-or-treating.
Whether you’re going door-to-door or hosting your own Halloween party, take precautions to ensure the holiday is as sweet as the candy. Follow these steps for trick-or-treating safety.
Here’s a character all parents should be on Halloween: Inspector Gadget. Insist on examining your kids’ candy before they eat it:
Keep the number for the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) handy, as well as the number for your local police station. Report anything that seems suspicious. If your kids are going out with friends, tell them not to eat any candy until you’ve inspected it.
Your child is going to end up with a bucket of candy, but not all of it may be appropriate for his or her age. Be careful of choking hazards for young children, especially those 3 and younger. Choking is a leading cause of death in children, and food, toys and coins are often to blame.
Be sure to inspect the candy for gum, peanuts or hard candies. Also, inspect for small toys they may have received in their Halloween bag.
Also, make sure your child stays still while eating — walking while eating may increase the risk of choking.
If your child may have a food allergy, be sure to check the label of every Halloween treat to ensure the allergen isn’t present. Potential allergens like peanuts, tree nuts, milk and egg are common ingredients in Halloween candy.
Some children may only experience a rash, vomiting/diarrhea, an itchy nose or stomach cramps if they ingest candy they are allergic to. These are mild reactions. However, some children who are severely allergic may experience a serious reaction called anaphylaxis, which is life-threatening.
Signs of anaphylaxis include the following:
If your child has a serious allergy, carry epinephrine.
A few things to be mindful of:
Speak with your health care provider about any questions or concerns you may have.
Written by Anyssa Garza, PharmD, BCMAS