It’s that time of year again! The day when the dangers of ghosts, ghouls, and goblins are fun to imagine as being real. But without the proper precautions, the imaginary fun can be ruined by very real dangers.
Here are 5 Halloween health hazards that may surprise you:
- Flammable costumes – Not all costumes for sale are flame resistant. If a costume isn’t marked as such, it will catch fire and burn faster than a costume that is flame resistant. This is particularly dangerous with lit jack-o-lanterns on your trick-or-treater’s path.
- Cosmetics – Before applying makeup to your child’s face, test it on a small area of skin. Check for an allergic reaction before covering your child’s face.
- Ill-fitting costumes and masks – Be sure that your child’s mask does not obscure her vision and that her costume doesn’t trip her while walking.
- Dark homes – As you accompany your child while trick-or-treating, be sure to avoid poorly lit homes where there’s more of a chance of danger.
- Novelty contact lenses – Like all contact lenses, these are not to be worn unless prescribed by a doctor. Purchasing a pair that doesn’t fit you correctly or that’s not properly sterilized can lead to eye injuries and infection.
For more information on keeping your child safe and healthy throughout the year, use the Vitals Doctor Finder (www.vitals.com) to find a trusted pediatrician near you.