Eating too much candy is just one of many health hazards that kids face on Halloween, says the AAP, which offers a list of safety tips for parents.
Earlier this year, findings from a nine-year study showed that Halloween is one of the three holidays that produce the most emergency room visits for children and adolescents.
In the study, analyses of data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System showed that for children age 19 years and younger, the greatest number of holiday-related injuries were sustained on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Halloween, with the most common diagnoses being lacerations, contusion/abrasions, fractures, and sprain/strains.
Lead researcher Anthony D’Ippolitoa and colleagues found that around 5.7 million holiday-related injuries occurred between 1997 through 2006, according to the study, which is published in Pediatrics. They also found that:
“Parents should be aware that holidays present a risk not only for holiday-specific injuries but also for more general, ‘everyday’ injuries,” said the authors.
And how can parents do that? The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following tips to help make Halloween a safe and fun holiday.
Dressing in costumes:
Pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, always remind Trick-or Treaters to:
For a complete list of the AAP Halloween safety tips, click here.