Halloween is one of the most exciting days of the year for kids and the Nebraska Regional Poison Center wants parents to know they are available 24/7 for all residents free of charge.
Registered Nurse Joan McVoy says they received about 300 calls last year regarding glow sticks. McVoy says, “It is very tempting for little ones to put them in their mouths. It is a soft plastic and they like chewing on it. Then what happens is their teeth go right through the plastic and their parents are freaking out because their child has a mouth of dibutyl phthalate. . That is the name of the chemical in there and their mouth is glowing so the parents will grab their kids and run into the emergency room. Don’t go to the emergency room. Call the Poison Center first. We are going to save you a lot of money, keep you home and tell you exactly what you need to do.”
The Nebraska Regional Poison Center is staffed 24/7 and the call is free. They recommend you keep that number by your landline and programmed into your cell phone. That number is 1-800-222-1222.
Here are a few other safety tips from the Poison Center. It is still a good idea for adults to check the trick or treat bag before letting the kids dig in. Only allow kids to have homemade treats from people they know. If candy is out of the original wrapper it should be thrown away.
Marijuana edibles is also a concern. McVoy says someone could try playing a prank on a child and tossing that into a treat bag but due to the expense that isn’t likely. The Poison Center says edibles can be found in many shapes and sizes and often resemble traditional candies in names and packaging. That is just another reason to check the treat bag just in case.
McVoy says Halloween can be stressful on dogs. The doorbell rings constantly and strange creatures are at the door. Dogs can bolt and get lost. They can also get into unattended trick-or-treat bags and help themselves. A reminder that chocolate is poisonous to dogs. While trick-or-treating have kids stay away from all barking dogs or stray animals.