October 28, 2022
Halloween is one of the most anticipated (and spookiest!) nights of the year. With families gearing up to trick-or-treat, attend parties, or be terrified by scary costumes, haunted houses, monsters and ghouls, it’s important for parents to be informed and prepared for any potential dangers that could ruin the fun.
With so much hectic excitement happening in one night, it’s inevitable that minor injuries and other mishaps may occur, from trips and falls while trick-or-treating, to allergic reactions, gastrointestinal complaints and more. Should the unexpected happen, your nearest WellNow is open until 8pm, with extended hours available at some locations and Virtual Care available after hours, to help you get back to the festivities quickly.
To help avoid injuries and illnesses this Halloween, keep the following safety tips in mind:
Walk, not run
Be aware of cars and bikes
Be aware of strangers
Consider carrying glow sticks or flashlights, using reflective tape and avoiding dark-colored costumes to make it easier for drivers, bikers and other ghouls to see your trick-or-treaters.
Also avoid long capes, high heels and oversized costumes that can be tripping hazards. Plus, masks that cover eyes and ears can inhibit your child’s ability to be aware of their surroundings.
Often, Halloween makeup contains preservatives that can cause rashes and itchy faces, which can ruin a fun night.
For much of the country, October is a chilly month, so incorporate appropriate layers, or even hand warmers, into costumes.
Eat only factory-wrapped candies or treats made by people you trust. If you aren’t sure where the treat came from, or if the wrapper looks faulty, throw it away!
If your kids have , make an approved treat list ahead of time and make sure they understand what they can and cannot eat. Don’t forget, many “safe” candies are made in factories that are not allergy safe and cross contamination is a risk.
Information contained in this blog is for informational or educational purposes only and does not substitute professional medical advice or consultations with healthcare professionals. The content is not meant to be complete or exhaustive or to apply to any specific individual's medical condition. Always refer to the personalized information given to you by your doctor or contact us directly.
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This medical information has been reviewed for accuracy by Dr. Robert Birenbaum, Chief Medical Officer for WellNow Urgent Care.