Halloween Safety Tips from the AAP

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Halloween is a festive time of year, for kids and adults alike. But it is also a time when more kids end up in the emergency room. How can you keep your child safe?
Air Date: 10/9/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Corinn Cross, MD
dr cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Halloween Safety Tips from the AAP
Whether dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating, or having parties with their friends, most kids love Halloween.

But did you know that Halloween is also a time when more children than usual end up in the emergency room due to falls, traffic collisions and other injuries?

All the sweets in the house (and at school) can also wreak havoc on a child's teeth and healthy diet.

So, should you avoid this holiday altogether?

No need to banish the costumes and candy.

Just a bit of knowledge and planning can ensure that your child's Halloween is both safe and healthy.

Special guest, Dr. Corinn Cross, MD, offers some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to make sure your kids have a safe -- but still fun -- Halloween.
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