Halloween & Fall Festival Safety

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Keep your child safe with these tips for autumn events.
Air Date: 10/31/17
Duration: 13:50
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Andrew Bernstein, MD
Dr. Andrew BernsteinDr. Andrew Bernstein received his BA from Oberlin College, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison Medical School, and completed post-graduate training at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, now the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

Board Certified in Pediatrics, he is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Northwestern University Medical School, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and an attending physician at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Evanston Hospital, and Northwest Community Hospital.

He is also a Spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. "Dr. Andy" is a partner at North Suburban Pediatrics in Evanston & Buffalo Grove, IL, where he enjoys working to prevent and treat serious illness while adding joy and laughter to children’s lives. He truly values working with families and being a part of their lives as their children grow.
Halloween & Fall Festival Safety
Halloween and autumn festivals are fantastic for getting your child outdoors and active. Dressing up is fun for the whole family. Make the adventure safer with these great tips.

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Little Ones

  • Safety is the primary concern. Trip hazards, garments that can get caught on things, and masks that obscure vision and cover the mouth can all be very unsafe. Opt for face painting and costumes with hats instead of masks.
  • Avoid allergens and tampering by sticking to factory-packaged treats.
  • Teach trick-or-treating protocol to prepare you child for going out with friends when older.
Older Kids

  • Dark costumes need glow tape or flashlights to be sure you child will be seen by drivers. Remind them to be safe pedestrians and look both ways before crossing the street.
  • It’s better to travel in groups.

  • Make sure a responsible adult is around for the party.
  • Remind your teen that people are a little crazy on Halloween. They need to keep their wits about them.
  • Encourage driving a bit slower than usual because there are so many pedestrians.

It’s fun to allow your children the chance to have the rare sweet treats for celebrations. Feed your kids an early dinner that’s packed with protein. Provide plenty of water and healthy snacks after their outing. Save leftover candy after the first binge for occasional treats, car trips or candy buy-back events.

Listen as Dr. Andrew Bernstein joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share tips for Halloween and fall festival safety.


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