Halloween is just around the corner, and trick-or-treaters are getting their costumes ready. While Halloween can be a fun and festive time for your family, it is important to keep your child’s safety in mind. Follow these guidelines to ensure that your children have a healthy and enjoyable, trick-or-treating experience.
- Wash your hands well before handing out candy to any trick-or-treaters.
- Avoid trick-or-treating if your child has had a fever in the past 24 hours or is displaying any signs of illness in order to prevent the spread of infection to others.
- Don’t allow teenagers to wear decorative contacts, as they can cause infection of the eyes.
- Discourage your child from trying on masks from other children’s costumes.
- Don’t allow your child to eat any treats that are not commercially packaged or that are prepared by strangers.
- Examine all of your child’s Halloween treats before they are eaten. Be sure to look for any signs of tampering and make sure that all packaging is intact. Throw away anything that appears to be spoiled.
- Have your child wash his or her hands well after trick-or-treating and before eating any Halloween treats.
- Make sure that your child covers his or her mouth after coughing or sneezing.
- Keep hand sanitizer handy for when hand-washing with soap and water isn’t possible.
- And, most importantly, be sure that both you and your child have received your annual flu vaccine.