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Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for children. Before kids have a spooktacular evening of trick-or-treating Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel is sharing health and safety tips with parents.
Halloween safety tips
Jan Berichon, health educator at Randall Children’s Hospital’s Safety Centersays, “Kids are going to be kids; they are going to explore and be excited because Halloween is their night. So help keep them extra-safe with these safety tips.”
Healthy Halloween recommendations
Heather Larson, M.D., pediatrician at Randall Children’s Pediatric Care-Forest Heights gives recommendations for keeping children healthy this Halloween.
For some children, Halloween may be one of the few times a year they eat candy, making it a huge treat. Some children may take advantage of the experience by eating all of their candy until it’s gone. Binge eating candy may cause stomachaches and vomiting. To avoid the ill effects of candy Dr. Larson recommends limiting how much candy is eaten at one time. Limit candy consumption to one serving at a time, which varies depending on a child’s age. Usually a serving is one to two pieces of the fun size candy bars and three pieces of the minis.
The Children’s Emergency Department regularly sees children who complain of stomachaches and vomiting the morning after Halloween because children binge eat Halloween candy.
Dr. Larson recommends trick-or-treating with healthy Halloween treats and prizes like granola bars, pretzels, trail mix, Cracker Jack popcorn and small toys that do not pose a choke risk.
Randall Children’s Hospital is one of Oregon’s largest providers of pediatric inpatient and trauma services and opened its new home in February 2012. Randall Children’s Hospital has a medical staff of nearly 500 physicians, including pediatric medical and surgical specialists, sub-specialists, hospitalists and community pediatricians. Randall Children’s Hospital receives more than 170,000 patient visits per year.